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Middle School Lesson Plans

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Finding the Area of Parallelograms: Students will use their knowledge of rectangles to discover the area formula for parallelograms.

Finding the Area of Parallelograms

Discovering Gallon Man: Students experiment with units of liquid measure used in the customary system of measurement. They practice making volume conversions in the customary system.

Discovering Gallon Man

Grid & Percent It: In this lesson, students use a 10 × 10 grid as a model for solving various types of percent problems. This model offers a means of representing the given information as well as suggesting different approaches for finding a solution.

Grid and Percent It

Area Formulas: In this lesson, students develop the area formula for a triangle. Students find the area of rectangles and squares, and compare them to the areas of triangles derived from the original shape.

Discovering the Area Formula for Triangles

Area Formulas: Students discover the area formula for trapezoids, as well as explore alternative methods for calculating the area of a trapezoid.

Finding the Area of Trapezoids

Math Vocabulary Bingo: This lesson provides students an opportunity to assess their understanding of mathematical vocabulary as they relate to key concepts from the five content areas. Through the use of a familiar game format, Bingo, students will identify numbers 0‑75 that correspond to mathematical descriptions from math vocabulary clue cards.

Math Vocabulary Bingo

Sorting Polygons: Students identify and classify polygons according to various attributes. They then sort the polygons in Venn Diagrams, according to these attributes. Extensions to fundamental ideas about probability and statistics are also included.

Sorting Polygons

Barbie Bungee: The consideration of cord length is very important in a bungee jump—too short, and the jumper doesn’t get much of a thrill; too long, and ouch! In this lesson, students model a bungee jump using a Barbie® doll and rubber bands. The distance to which the doll will fall is directly proportional to the number of rubber bands, so this context is used to examine linear functions.

The Game of SKUNK: In this lesson, students practice decision-making skills leading to a better understanding of choice versus chance and building the foundation of mathematical probability.

The Game of SKUNK

Order of Operations Bingo: Instead of calling numbers to play Bingo, you call (and write) expressions to be evaluated for the numbers on the Bingo cards. The operations in this lesson are addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. None of the expressions contain exponents.

Order of Operations Bingo