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Edison: Boyhood and Teen Years
Find out how young Thomas Edison’s curiosity got him into trouble, and how, during his teen years, he lost his hearing but gained confidence as an aspiring inventor, in this video adapted from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Edison.
Motion Pictures
In this lesson, students will be introduced to the concept of motion representation using distance vs. time graphs. Students will recognize labeling of axes, steepness related to speed, horizontal lines as nonmotion, and downward slope as return to origin.
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Related to the Unit
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How Does the Cookie Crumble?
Students will selfdiscover how to multiply mixed numbers by using background knowledge of estimation, computations, and real world application of a recipe.
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Related to the Unit
In fifth grade, students will be able to multiply and divide whole numbers, which will lead into multiplication and division of decimals in sixth grade. That same year, they will model products and quotients of decimals to the hundredths place. This concrete model will lead them to a better understanding of the algorithm in fifth and sixth grade.
As fifth graders, students will model multiplication and division of a fraction and a whole number. The following year, students are expected to multiply and divide all types of fractions.
In addition, during sixth grade, students are introduced to integers (negative whole numbers) and will be able to model and solve all operations with integers. All of the skills previously stated will lead students to be able to perform all operations of rational numbers without models (positive and negative fractions, decimals, and whole numbers) in seventh grade.
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Uses of Energy Lab
Students will rotate through lab stations equipped with objects and videos as they explore the uses and conversion of five different types of energy.
Selecting and Using Appropriate Operations
Given problem situations, the student will select and use appropriate operations to solve problems and justify the choice of operations.
Generating Similar Figures Using Dilations
Given a figure, the student will identify the scale factor used for a dilation, and use a dilation by a scale factor, including enlargements and reductions, to generate similar figures.
Exploring Probability with Independent Events
Given a problem situation, students will use experimental data or theoretical probability to make predictions and determine solutions to situations involving independent events.
Using Logical Reasoning to Prove Conjectures about Circles
Given conjectures about circles, the student will use deductive reasoning and counterexamples to prove or disprove the conjectures.
Determining Area: Sectors of Circles
Students will use proportional reasoning to develop formulas to determine the area of sectors of circles. Students will then solve problems involving the area of sectors of circles.
Functions and their Inverses
Given a functional relationship in a variety of representations (table, graph, mapping diagram, equation, or verbal form), the student will determine the inverse of the function.
Domain and Range: Contextual Situations
The student will be able to identify and determine reasonable values for the domain and range from any given contextual situation.
Generating Equivalent Forms of Rational Numbers
Given information about a rational number in one form (fraction, decimal, or percent) in a realworld context such as financial mathematics, students will generate an equivalent rational number in a different form.
Determining Area: Regular Polygons and Circles
The student will apply the formula for the area of regular polygons to solve problems.
Domain and Range: Graphs
Given a function in graph form, identify the domain and range using set notation, interval notation, or a verbal description as appropriate.
Changes in Motion
Given diagrams or scenarios, students will measure and graph changes in motion.
Radiation Types
Given illustrations, diagrams, or descriptions, students will identify alpha, beta, or gamma radiation.
Ideal Gas Behavior: Dalton's Law
Given descriptions, scenarios, or diagrams, students will use the Dalton’s Law of partial pressure to calculate the pressure of an individual gas or that of a mixture of gases.
Components of the Universe
Given models, illustrations, and diagrams, students will describe components of the universe, including stars (including the description of the Sun and its properties), nebulae, and galaxies, and use models such as the HertzsprungRussell diagram for classification.
Ionic Bonds: Electron Dot Formulas
Given descriptions, diagrams, scenarios, or chemical symbols, students will model ionic bonds using electron dot formulas.
Survival of a Species
Given scenarios, illustrations or descriptions, the student will describe how longterm survival of species is dependent on changing resource bases that are limited.