## Course Standards

## General Course Information and Notes

### General Notes

MAFS.6

In Grade 6, instructional time should focus on four critical areas: (1) connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems; (2) completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers; (3) writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations; and (4) developing understanding of statistical thinking.

- Students use reasoning about multiplication and division to solve ratio and rate problems about quantities. By viewing equivalent ratios and rates as deriving from, and extending, pairs of rows (or columns) in the multiplication table, and by analyzing simple drawings that indicate the relative size of quantities, students connect their understanding of multiplication and division with ratios and rates. Thus students expand the scope of problems for which they can use multiplication and division to solve problems, and they connect ratios and fractions. Students solve a wide variety of problems involving ratios and rates.
- Students use the meaning of fractions, the meanings of multiplication and division, and the relationship between multiplication and division to understand and explain why the procedures for dividing fractions make sense. Students use these operations to solve problems. Students extend their previous understandings of number and the ordering of numbers to the full system of rational numbers, which includes negative rational numbers, and in particular negative integers. They reason about the order and absolute value of rational numbers and about the location of points in all four quadrants of the coordinate plane.
- Students understand the use of variables in mathematical expressions. They write expressions and equations that correspond to given situations, evaluate expressions, and use expressions and formulas to solve problems. Students understand that expressions in different forms can be equivalent, and they use the properties of operations to rewrite expressions in equivalent forms. Students know that the solutions of an equation are the values of the variables that make the equation true. Students use properties of operations and the idea of maintaining the equality of both sides of an equation to solve simple one-step equations. Students construct and analyze tables, such as tables of quantities that are equivalent ratios, and they use equations (such as 3x = y) to describe relationships between quantities.
- Building on and reinforcing their understanding of number, students begin to develop their ability to think statistically. Students recognize that a data distribution may not have a definite center and that different ways to measure center yield different values. The median measures center in the sense that it is roughly the middle value. The mean measures center in the sense that it is the value that each data point would take on if the total of the data values were redistributed equally, and also in the sense that it is a balance point. Students recognize that a measure of variability (interquartile range or mean absolute deviation) can also be useful for summarizing data because two very different set of data can have the same mean and median yet be distinguished by their variability. Students learn to describe and summarize numerical data sets, identifying clusters, peaks, gaps, and symmetry, considering the context in which the data were collected.

Students in Grade 6 also build on their work with area in elementary school by reasoning about relationships among shapes to determine area, surface area, and volume. They find areas of right triangles, other triangles, and special quadrilaterals by decomposing these shapes, rearranging or removing pieces, and relating the shapes to rectangles. Using these methods, students discuss, develop, and justify formulas for areas of triangles and parallelograms. Students find areas of polygons and surface areas of prisms and pyramids by decomposing them into pieces whose area they can determine. They reason about right rectangular prisms with fractional side lengths to extend formulas for the volume of a right rectangular prism to fractional side lengths. They prepare for work on scale drawings and constructions in Grade 7 by drawing polygons in the coordinate plane.

**English Language Development ELD Standards Special Notes Section:**

Teachers are required to provide listening, speaking, reading and writing instruction that allows English language learners (ELL) to communicate information, ideas and concepts for academic success in the content area of Mathematics. For the given level of English language proficiency and with visual, graphic, or interactive support, students will interact with grade level words, expressions, sentences and discourse to process or produce language necessary for academic success. The ELD standard should specify a relevant content area concept or topic of study chosen by curriculum developers and teachers which maximizes an ELL's need for communication and social skills. To access an ELL supporting document which delineates performance definitions and descriptors, please click on the following link:

http://www.cpalms.org/uploads/docs/standards/eld/MA.pdf

For additional information on the development and implementation of the ELD standards, please contact the Bureau of Student Achievement through Language Acquisition at sala@fldoe.org.

**Additional Instructional Resources:**

A.V.E. for Success Collection is provided by the Florida Association of School Administrators: http://www.fasa.net/4DCGI/cms/review.html?Action=CMS_Document&DocID=139. Please be aware that these resources have not been reviewed by CPALMS and there may be a charge for the use of some of them in this collection.

**Florida Standards Implementation Guide Focus Section:**

The Mathematics Florida Standards Implementation Guide was created to support the teaching and learning of the Mathematics Florida Standards. The guide is compartmentalized into three components: focus, coherence, and rigor.Focus means narrowing the scope of content in each grade or course, so students achieve higher levels of understanding and experience math concepts more deeply. The Mathematics standards allow for the teaching and learning of mathematical concepts focused around major clusters at each grade level, enhanced by supporting and additional clusters. The major, supporting and additional clusters are identified, in relation to each grade or course. The cluster designations for this course are below.

**Major Clusters**

MAFS.6.RP.1 Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems.

MAFS.6.NS.1 Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division to divide fractions.

MAFS.6.NS.3 Apply and extend previous understandings of numbers to the system of rational numbers.

MAFS.6.EE.1 Apply and extend previous understanding of arithmetic to algebraic expressions.

MAFS.6.EE.2 Reason about and solve one-step equations and inequalities.

MAFS.6.EE.3 Represent and analyze quantitative relationships between dependent and independent variables.

**Supporting Clusters**

MAFS.6.G.1 Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area, and volume.

**Additional Clusters**

MAFS.6.NS.2 Compute fluently with multi-digit numbers and find common factors and multiples.

MAFS.6.SP.1 Develop understanding of statistical variability.

MAFS.6.SP.2 Summarize and describe distributions.

**Note:** Clusters should not be sorted from major to supporting and then taught in that order. To do so would strip the coherence of the mathematical ideas and miss the opportunity to enhance the major work of the grade with the supporting and additional clusters.

### General Information

**Course Number:**1205010

**Course Path:**

**Abbreviated Title:**M/J GRADE 6 MATH

**Course Length:**Year (Y)

**Course Type:**Core Academic Course

**Course Level:**2

**Course Status:**Course Approved

**Grade Level(s):**6,7,8

## Educator Certifications

## Student Resources

## Original Student Tutorials

Join in on creating a delicious sundae by adding decimals to the thousandths, using the standard algorithm, in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Learn how to solve 1-step multiplication and division equations with Dr. E. Quation in Part 2 of this series of interactive tutorials. You'll also learn how to check your answers to make sure your answer is the solution to the equation.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Learn how to solve and check one-step addition and subtraction equations with Dr. E. Quation as you complete this interactive tutorial.

**Click here to open Dr. E. Quation Part 2: One-Step Multiplication and Division Equations**

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Use models to solve balance problems on a space station in this interactive, math and science tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Learn how to interpret histograms to analyze data, and help an inventor predict the range of a catapult in part 2 of this interactive tutorial series. More specifically, you'll learn to describe the shape and spread of data distributions.

Click **HERE** to open part 1.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Learn how to create a histogram to display continuous data from projectiles launched by a catapult in this interactive tutorial.

This is part 1 in a 2-part series. Click **HERE** to open part 2.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Explore computer coding on the farm by using IF statements and repeat loops to evaluate mathematical expressions. In this interactive tutorial, you'll also solve problems involving inequalities.

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Type: Original Student Tutorial

Explore computer coding on the farm by using relational operators and IF statements to evaluate expressions. In this interactive tutorial, you'll also solve problems involving inequalities.

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Type: Original Student Tutorial

Explore computer coding on the farm by using condition and IF statements in this interactive tutorial. You'll also get a chance to apply the order of operations as you using coding to solve problems.

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Type: Original Student Tutorial

Explore computer coding on the farm by declaring and initializing variables in this interactive tutorial. You'll also get a chance to practice your long division skills.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Learn how to calculate and interpret the Mean Absolute Deviation (MAD) of data sets in this travel-themed, interactive statistics tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Learn how to make and interpret boxplots in this pet-themed, interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Learn how writers and speakers create arguments by stating a claim and backing it up with reasons and evidence. In this interactive tutorial, you'll hear speeches from candidates for Student Council President and complete practice exercises.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Discover how to calculate and interpret the mean, median, mode and range of data sets from the zoo in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Learn how to identify explicit evidence and understand implicit meaning in a text.

You will be able to organize information in a table and write ratios equivalent to a given ratio in order to solve real-world and mathematical problems.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Investigate the limiting factors of a Florida ecosystem and describe how these limiting factors affect one native population-the Florida Scrub-Jay.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Investigate how temperature affects the rate of chemical reactions in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Learn what genetic engineering is and some of the applications of this technology. In this interactive tutorial, you’ll gain an understanding of some of the benefits and potential drawbacks of genetic engineering. Ultimately, you’ll be able to think critically about genetic engineering and write an argument describing your own perspective on its impacts.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Learn how to 1) create and use number lines with positive and negative numbers, 2) use those number lines to graph positive and negative numbers, 3) find their distance from zero, 4) find a number’s opposite using a number line and using number signs, and 5) recognize that zero is its own opposite.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

## Educational Games

In this challenge game, you will be solving equations with variables on both sides. Each equation has a real solution. Use the "Teach Me" button to review content before the challenge. After the challenge, review the problems as needed. Try again to get all challenge questions right! Question sets vary with each game, so feel free to play the game multiple times as needed! Good luck!

Type: Educational Game

Challenge yourself with this Prodigi game to see if you can answer questions about points and lines in graphs. Practice using slope-intercept form of a line. Try the "Teach Me" button to prepare yourself. When you are ready, play Prodigi! Be sure to use the review function at the end for any incorrect answers! Have fun!

Type: Educational Game

Play this robot game to improve your negative number skills. Order and compare negative and positive numbers to complete missions in order to weaken the robots who have taken over the world.

Type: Educational Game

This fun and interactive game helps practice estimation skills, using various operations of choice, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, using decimals, fractions, and percents.

Various levels of difficulty make this game appropriate for multiple age and ability levels.

*Addition/**Subtraction:* The addition and subtraction of whole numbers, the addition and subtraction of decimals.

*Multiplication/Division: *The multiplication and addition of fractions and decimals.

*Percentages: *Identify the percentage of a whole number.

*Fractions: *Multiply and divde a whole number by a fraction, as well as apply properties of operations.

Type: Educational Game

This is a fun and interactive game that helps students practice ordering rational numbers, including decimals, fractions, and percents. You are planting and harvesting flowers for cash. Allow the bee to pollinate, and you can multiply your crops and cash rewards!

Type: Educational Game

This addition game uses mixed decimals to the tenths place. This game encourages some logical analysis as well as addition skills. There may be several ways to make the first couple of circles sum to 3, but there is only one way to combine all the given numbers so that every circle sums to 3.

Type: Educational Game

Test your fraction skills by answering questions on this site. This quiz asks you to simplify fractions, convert fractions to decimals and percentages, and answer algebra questions involving fractions. You can even choose difficulty level, question types, and time limit.

Type: Educational Game

This addition game encourages some logical analysis as well as addition skills. This particular circle game uses positive and negative integers. There is only one way to combine all the given numbers so that every circle sums to zero.

(source: NLVM grade 6-8 "Circle 0")

Type: Educational Game

In this timed activity, students solve linear equations (one- and two-step) or quadratic equations of varying difficulty depending on the initial conditions they select. This activity allows students to practice solving equations while the activity records their score, so they can track their progress. This activity includes supplemental materials, including background information about the topics covered, a description of how to use the application, and exploration questions for use with the java applet.

Type: Educational Game

In this activity, two students play a simulated game of Connect Four, but in order to place a piece on the board, they must correctly solve an algebraic equation. This activity allows students to practice solving equations of varying difficulty: one-step, two-step, or quadratic equations and using the distributive property if desired. This activity includes supplemental materials, including background information about the topics covered, a description of how to use the application, and exploration questions for use with the Java applet.

Type: Educational Game

This virtual manipulative poses problems requiring the students to position numbers in a diagram, so all numbers in a line add up to a given value.

Type: Educational Game

In this activity, students enter coordinates to make a path to get to a target destination while avoiding mines. This activity allows students to explore Cartesian coordinates and the Cartesian coordinate plane. This activity includes supplemental materials, including background information about the topics covered, a description of how to use the application, and exploration questions for use with the java applet.

Type: Educational Game

## Problem-Solving Tasks

In this online problem-solving challenge, students apply algebraic reasoning to determine the "costs" of individual types of faces from sums of frowns, smiles, and neutral faces. This page provides three pictorial problems involving solving systems of equations along with tips for thinking through the problem, the solution, and other similar problems.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to use a diagram or table to write an algebraic expression and use the expression to solve problems.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

The goal of this task is to give students a context to investigate large numbers and measurements. Students need to fluently convert units with very large numbers in order to successfully complete this task. The total number of pennies minted either in a single year or for the last century is phenomenally large and difficult to grasp. One way to assess how large this number is would be to consider how far all of these pennies would reach if we were able to stack them one on top of another: this is another phenomenally large number but just how large may well come as a surprise.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

This tasks gives a verbal description for computing the perimeter of a rectangle and asks the students to find an expression for this perimeter. They then have to use the expression to evaluate the perimeter for specific values of the two variables.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to determine if given expressions are equivalent.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

The purpose of this task is to ask students to write expressions and to consider what it means for two expressions to be equivalent.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to explore and then write an expression with an exponent. The purpose of this task is to introduce the idea of exponential growth and then connect that growth to expressions involving exponents. It illustrates well how fast exponential expressions grow.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

This problem asks the student to find a 3% sales tax on a vase valued at $450.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

The purpose of this task is to give students an opportunity to solve a challenging multistep percentage problem that can be approached in several different ways. Students are asked to find the cost of a meal before tax and tip when given the total cost of the meal. The task can illustrate multiple standards depending on the prior knowledge of the students and the approach used to solve the problem.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to determine and illustrate all possible descriptions for the base and height of a given triangle.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to draw a scale model of a building and find related volume and surface areas of the model and the building which are rectangular prisms.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to demonstrate two different strategies for finding the area of polygons shown on grids.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to use the given information to determine the cost of painting a barn.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

The purpose of this task is to gain a better understanding of factors and common factors. Students should use the distributive property to show that the sum of two numbers that have a common factor is also a multiple of the common factor.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to reason about and explain the position of two locations relative to sea level.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

The purpose of this task is for students to solve problems involving decimals in a context involving a concept that supports financial literacy, namely inflation. Inflation is a sustained increase in the average price level. In this task, students are asked to compare the buying power of $20 in 1987 and 2012, at least with respect to movie tickets.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Given the fact 13 x 17 = 221, students are asked to reason about and explain the decimal placement in multiplication and division problems where some of the numbers involved have been changed by powers of ten.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to reason about and explain the placement of decimals in quotients.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to solve a distance problem involving fractions.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to solve a fraction division problem using both a visual model and the standard algorithm within a real-world context.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

The purpose of this task is converting square units. Use the information provided to answer the questions posed. Since this task asks students to critique Jada's reasoning, it provides an opportunity to work on Standard for Mathematical Practice MAFS.K12.MP.3.1 - Construct Viable Arguments and Critique the Reasoning of Others.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to use a ratio to determine how much money Jim and Jesse had at the start of their trip.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to determine the percent of the area of a store covered by a security camera. Then, students are asked to determine the "best" place to position the camera and support their answer.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Use the information provided to find out the original price of Selina's shirt. There are several different ways to reason through this problem; two approaches are shown.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

This problem is the fifth in a series of seven about ratios. At first glance the problem may look to be beyond MAFS.6.RP.1.3, which limits itself to "describe a ratio relationship between two quantities." However, even though there are three quantities (the number of each candidates' votes), they are only considered two at a time.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

This is the sixth problem in a series of seven that use the context of a classroom election. While it still deals with simple ratios and easily managed numbers, the mathematics surrounding the ratios are increasingly complex. In this problem, the students are asked to determine the difference in votes received by two of the three candidates.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

This is the last problem of seven in a series about ratios set in the context of a classroom election. Since the number of voters is not known, the problem is quite abstract and requires a deep understanding of ratios and their relationship to fractions.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

This problem is the third in a series of tasks set in the context of a class election. Students are given a ratio and total number of voters and are asked to determine the difference between the winning number of votes received and the number of votes needed for victory.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

This is the first and most basic problem in a series of seven problems, all set in the context of a classroom election. Students are given a ratio and total number of voters and are asked to determine the number of votes received by each candidate.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

This is the second in a series of tasks that are set in the context of a classroom election. It requires students to understand what ratios are and apply them in a context. The simple version of this question just asked how many votes each gets. This has the extra step of asking for the difference between the votes.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

This is the fourth in a series of tasks about ratios set in the context of a classroom election. Given only a ratio, students are asked to determine the fractional difference between votes received and votes required.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are given a context and a dotplot and are asked a number of questions regarding shape, center, and spread of the data.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are given a context and a series of questions and are asked to identify whether each question is statistical and to provide their reasoning. Students are asked to compose an original statistical question for the given context.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Using the information provided, create an appropriate graphical display and answer the questions regarding shape, center and variability.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

The purpose of this task is meant to reinforce students' understanding of rational numbers as points on the number line and to provide them with a visual way of understanding that the sum of a number and its additive inverse (usually called its "opposite") is zero.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked a series of questions involving a fraction and a whole number within the context of a recipe. Students are asked to solve a problem using both a visual model and the standard algorithm.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to solve a distance problem involving fractions. The purpose of this task is to help students extend their understanding of division of whole numbers to division of fractions, and given the simple numbers used, it is most appropriate for students just learning about fraction division because it lends itself easily to a pictorial solution.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

The purpose of this task is for students to solve problems involving multiplication and division of decimals in the real-world context of setting financial goals. The focus of the task is on modeling and understanding the concept of setting financial goals, so fluency with the computations will allow students to focus on other aspects of the task.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to solve a real-world problem involving common multiples.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to use fractions to determine how many hours it will take a car to travel a given distance.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to use fractions to determine how long a video game can be played.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

The purpose of this task is to have students convert multiple currencies to answer the problem. Students may find the CDN abbreviation for Canada confusing. Teachers may need to explain the fact that money in Canada is also called dollars, so to distinguish them, we call them Canadian dollars.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Use the information provided to find out what percentage of Dana's lot won't be covered by the house.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

This task asks the students to solve a real-world problem involving unit rates (data per unit time) using units that many teens and pre-teens have heard of but may not know the definition for. While the computations involved are not particularly complex, the units will be abstract for many students. The first solution relies more on reasoning about the meaning of multiplication and division, while the second solution uses units to help keep track of the steps in the solution process.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to use knowledge of rates and ratios to answer a series of questions involving time, distance, and speed.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to write complete sentences to describe ratios for the context.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

The purpose of the task is for students to compare signed numbers in a real-world context.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

The purpose of this task is to help students explore the meaning of fraction division and to connect it to what they know about whole-number division. Students are asked to explain why the quotient of two fractions with common denominators is equal to the quotient of the numerators of those fractions.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

This task builds on a fifth grade fraction multiplication task, "Drinking Juice." This task uses the identical context, but asks the corresponding "Number of Groups Unknown" division problem. See "Drinking Juice, Variation 3" for the "Group Size Unknown" version.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to solve a fraction division problem using a visual model and the standard algorithm.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to solve problems from context by using multiplication or division of decimals.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

This instructional task requires that the students model each problem with some type of fractions manipulatives or drawings. This could be pattern blocks, student or teacher-made fraction strips, or commercially produced fraction pieces. At a minimum, students should draw pictures of each. The above problems are meant to be a progression which require more sophisticated understandings of the meaning of fractions as students progress through them.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

The purpose of this task is for students to get a better understanding of the relative positions and values of positive and negative numbers.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

The purpose of this task is for students to apply their knowledge of integers in a real-world context.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to add or subtract decimals to solve problems in context.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to write and solve an equation in one variable to answer a real world question.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

In this task students use different representations to analyze the relationship between two quantities and to solve a real world problem. The situation presented provides a good opportunity to make connections between the information provided by tables, graphs and equations. In the later part of the problem, the numbers are big enough so that using the formula is the most efficient way to solve the problem; however, creative use of the table or graph will also work.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

This task asks students to find equivalent expressions by visualizing a familiar activity involving distance. The given solution shows some possible equivalent expressions, but there are many variations possible.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to use properties of operations to match expressions that are equivalent and to write equivalent expressions for any expressions that do not have a match.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

In this task students are asked to write an equation to solve a real-world problem.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to write and graph two inequalities described in context: one discrete and one continuous.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to solve an inequality in order to answer a real-world question.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to write an equation with one variable in order to find the distance walked.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

This purpose of this task is to help students understand the absolute value of a number as its distance from 0 on the number line. The context is not realistic, nor is meant to be; it is a thought experiment to help students focus on the relative position of numbers on the number line.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to determine if two different ratios are both appropriate for the same context.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Given a ratio, students are asked to determine how much of each ingredient is needed to make concrete.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

This problem provides an interesting geometric context to work on the notion of percent. Two different methods for analyzing the geometry are provided: the first places the two squares next to one another and then moves one so that they overlap. The second solution sets up an equation to find the overlap in terms of given information which reflects the mathematical ideas described in cluster MAFS.6.EE.2 - Reason about and solve one-variable equations and inequalities.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to use a given ratio to determine if two different interpretations of the ratio are correct and to determine the maximum quantity that could be purchased within a given context.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked apply knowledge of ratios to answer several questions regarding speed, distance and time.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

This site uses visual models to better understand what is actually happening when students multiply and divide fractions. Using area models -- one that superimposes squares that are partitioned into the appropriate number of regions, and shaded as needed -- students multiply, divide, and translate the processes to decimals. The lesson uses an interactive simulation that allows students to create their own area models and is embedded with problems throughout for students to solve.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

This resource introduces students to the aspects a builder must think about before constructing a building. Students will study the cabin blueprint of Henry David Thoreau and then will find the surface area of the walls and how much paint would be needed. Then, students will find the volume of the cabin to determine the home heating needs. Third, students will study the blueprint and will create a 1/10 scale of it on graph paper and then will use art supplies to create a model of the cabin. Last, students will design and create models of furniture to scale for the cabin.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

## Student Center Activity

Students can practice answering mathematics questions on a variety of topics. With an account, students can save their work and send it to their teacher when complete.

Type: Student Center Activity

## Tutorials

In this video, you will practice describing the shape of distributions as skewed left, skewed right, or symmetrical.

Type: Tutorial

In this video, you will see two ways to find the Mean Absolute Deviation of a data set.

Type: Tutorial

Students will learn that non-zero numbers to the zero power equals one. They will also learn that zero to any positive exponent equals zero. They will then investigate what happens when you have zero to the zero power.

Type: Tutorial

In this tutorial, you will compare rational numbers using a number line.

Type: Tutorial

In this video, you will practice using arithmetic properties with integers to determine if expressions are equivalent.

Type: Tutorial

You will discover rules to help you determine the sign of an exponential expression with a base of -1.

Type: Tutorial

The focus of this video is to help you understand the core concepts of arithmetic mean, median, and mode.

Type: Tutorial

This video shows how to find the value of a missing piece of data if you know the mean of the data set.

Type: Tutorial

This video demonstrates how to construct a box and whisker plot.

Type: Tutorial

Students will interpret data presented in a box and whisker plot.

Type: Tutorial

In this tutorial, you will apply what you know about multiplying negative numbers to determine how negative bases with exponents are affected and what patterns develop.

Type: Tutorial

In this tutorial, you will see how mixed numbers can be divided.

Type: Tutorial

This tutorial demonstrates how the area of an irregular geometric shape may be determined by decomposition to smaller familiar shapes.

Type: Tutorial

Another way of finding the volume of a rectangular prism involves dividing it into fractional cubes, finding the volume of one, and then multiplying that area by the number of cubes that fit into the rectangular prism. Watch this explanation.

Type: Tutorial

This video shows how to solve a word problem involving rectangular prisms.

Type: Tutorial

This video demonstrates how to construct nets for 3-D shapes.

Type: Tutorial

Students will graph the given coordinates of three of the polygon vertices, then locate and graph the fourth vertex.

Type: Tutorial

This video demonstrates using a net to find surface area.

Type: Tutorial

In this example students are given the coordinates of the vertices and asked to construct the resulting polygon, specifically a quadrilateral.

Type: Tutorial

In this video, we organize data into frequency tables and dot plots (sometimes called line plots).

Type: Tutorial

Learn how to create histograms, which summarize data by sorting it into groups (buckets).

Type: Tutorial

Here's an introduction to basic algebraic equations of the form ax = b. Remember that you can check to see if you have the right answer by substituting it for the variable!

Type: Tutorial

Learn how to solve equations in one step by multiplying or dividing a number on both sides. These problems involve decimals and fractions.

Type: Tutorial

A solution to an inequality makes that inequality true. Learn how to test if a certain value of a variable makes an inequality true.

Type: Tutorial

A solution to an equation makes that equation true. Learn how to test if a certain value of a variable makes an equation true.

Type: Tutorial

This video demonstrates how to write and solve a one-step addition equation.

Type: Tutorial

To find the value of a variable, you have to get it on one side of the equation alone. To do that, you'll need to do something to BOTH sides of the equation.

Type: Tutorial

This video provides a conceptual explanation of why one needs to divide both sides of an equation to solve for a variable.

Type: Tutorial

In an equation with 2 variables, we will be able to determine which is the dependent variable, and which is the independent variable.

Type: Tutorial

Learn how to write basic algebraic expressions.

Type: Tutorial

Learn how to write inequalities to model real-world situations.

Type: Tutorial

Given a graph, we will be able to find the equation it represents.

Type: Tutorial

Learn how to write simple algebraic expressions.

Type: Tutorial

Learn how to write basic expressions with variables to portray situations described in word problems.

Type: Tutorial

Learn how to apply the distributive law of multiplication over addition and why it works. This is sometimes just called the distributive law or the distributive property.

Type: Tutorial

Learn how to apply the distributive property of multiplication over subtraction. This is sometimes just called the distributive property or distributive law.

Type: Tutorial

Learn how to apply the distributive property to algebraic expressions.

Type: Tutorial

This video demonstrates solving word problems involving the coordinate plane.

Type: Tutorial

The focus here is understanding that a variable is just a symbol that can represent different values in an expression.

Type: Tutorial

Learn how to evaluate an expression with variables using a technique called substitution.

Type: Tutorial

This video demonstrates evaluating expressions with two variables.

Type: Tutorial

Explore how the value of an algebraic expression changes as the value of its variable changes.

Type: Tutorial

In this example, we have a formula for converting a Celsius temperature to Fahrenheit.

Type: Tutorial

Students will simplify an expression by combining like terms.

Type: Tutorial

Students will plot an ordered pair on the x (horizontal) axis and y (vertical) axis of the coordinate plane.

Type: Tutorial

This tutorial is a good explanation on how to combine like terms in algebra.

Type: Tutorial

This video demonstrates the prime factorization method to find the lcm (least common multiple).

Type: Tutorial

Students will become familiar with the x/y coordinate plane, both from the perspective of plotting points and interpreting the placement of points on a plane.

Type: Tutorial

This video contains several examples of plotting coordinate pairs and identifying their quadrant.

Type: Tutorial

This video discusses the negative sign as meaning "opposite."

Type: Tutorial

We're mixing it up by placing both fractions and decimals on the same number line. Great practice because you need to move effortlessly between the two.

Type: Tutorial

Is -40 bigger than -10? When ordering negative numbers from least to greatest, be careful that you don't get hung up on the "amount" of the number. Think about what that negative sign really means!

Type: Tutorial

In this tutorial, you will learn how to order rational numbers using a number line.

Type: Tutorial

In this tutorial you will compare the absolute value of numbers using the concepts of greater than (>), less than (<), and equal to (=).

Type: Tutorial

This video guides you through comparisons of values, including opposites.

Type: Tutorial

This video demonstrates sorting values including absolute value from least to greatest using a number line.

Type: Tutorial

This video demonstrates evaluating inequality statements, some involving absolute value, using a number line.

Type: Tutorial

In simple addition we learned to add all the numbers together to get a sum. In algebra, numbers are sometimes attached to variables and we need to make sure that the variables are alike before we add the numbers. This tutorial is an introduction to combining like terms.

Type: Tutorial

This video demonstrates solving absolute value inequality statements.

Type: Tutorial

Students will evaluate expressions using the order of operations.

Type: Tutorial

Practice interpreting absolute value in a real-life situation.

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Students will learn how to identify the four quadrants in the coordinate plane.

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This video uses a number line to describe the opposite of a number.

Type: Tutorial

Work through another challenging order of operations example with only positive numbers.

Type: Tutorial

Work through a challenging order of operations example with only positive numbers.

Type: Tutorial

This video will show how to evaluate expressions with exponents using the order of operations.

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This video demonstrates dividing two decimal numbers.

Type: Tutorial

This video portrays a proof of the formula for area of a parallelogram.

Type: Tutorial

This video demonstrates how to evaluate expressions with whole number exponents.

Type: Tutorial

A trapezoid is a type of quadrilateral with one set of parallel sides. Here we explain how to find its area.

Type: Tutorial

This video demonstrates how to multiply two decimal numbers.

Type: Tutorial

Students will be able to find the area of a triangle in a coordinate grid. The formula for the area of a triangle is given in this tutorial.

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Students will learn the basics of finding the perimeter and area of squares and rectangles.

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This video demonstrates adding decimal numbers to solve a word problem.

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This video shows an example of subtracting with digits up to the thousandths place.

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Just like when add, be sure you align decimals before subtracting.

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Learn how to add 9.087 to 15.31. Be careful to use place value!

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Let's solve this word problem using what we know about equivalent ratios.

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In this example, we are given a ratio and then asked to apply that ratio to solve a problem. No problem!

Type: Tutorial

You are asked to find the percent when given the part and the whole.

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This video demonstrates how to find percent of a whole number.

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You're asked to find the whole when given the part and the percent.

Type: Tutorial

It's nice to practice conversion problems, but how about applying our new knowledge of percentages to a real life problem like recycling? Hint: don't forget your long division!

Type: Tutorial

Evaluating Expressions with Two Variables

Type: Tutorial

This video demonstrates solving a unit price problem using equivalent ratios.

Type: Tutorial

In this example we have a formula for converting Celsius temperature to Fahrenheit. Let's substitute the variable with a value (Celsius temp) to get the degrees in Fahrenheit. Great problem to practice with us!

Type: Tutorial

Learn how to evaluate an expression with variables using a technique called substitution (or "plugging in").

Type: Tutorial

This video talks about what percent really means by looking at a 10 by 10 grid.

Type: Tutorial

Great question. In algebra, we do indeed avoid using the multiplication sign. We'll explain it for you here.

Type: Tutorial

Our focus here is understanding that a variable is just a letter or symbol (usually a lower case letter) that can represent different values in an expression. We got this. Just watch.

Type: Tutorial

The distributive property states that the terms of addition or subtraction statements within parentheses may be separately multiplied by a value outside the parentheses. In this tutorial, students will learn the distributive property, which is very helpful with mental math calculations and solving equations.

Type: Tutorial

This tutorial reviews the mathematical order of operations and reminds students why common memory tricks might be misleading.

Type: Tutorial

The Cartesian Coordinate system, formed from the Cartesian product of the real number line with itself, allows algebraic equations to be visualized as geometric shapes in two or three dimensions.

Type: Tutorial

The first fractions used by ancient civilizations were "unit fractions." Later, numerators other than one were added, creating "vulgar fractions" which became our modern fractions. Together, fractions and integers form the "rational numbers."

Type: Tutorial

Take a look at the logic behind the associative and distributive properties of multiplication.

Type: Tutorial

A look behind the fundamental properties of the most basic arithmetic operation, addition

Type: Tutorial

Number systems evolved from the natural "counting" numbers, to whole numbers (with the addition of zero), to integers (with the addition of negative numbers), and beyond. These number systems are easily understood using the number line.

Type: Tutorial

The commutative property is common to the operations of both addition and multiplication and is an important property of many mathematical systems.

Type: Tutorial

Students will be able to see examples of addition of integers while watching a short video, and practice adding integers using an online quiz.

Type: Tutorial

This lesson introduces students to linear equations in one variable, shows how to solve them using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division properties of equalities, and allows students to determine if a value is a solution, if there are infinitely many solutions, or no solution at all. The site contains an explanation of equations and linear equations, how to solve equations in general, and a strategy for solving linear equations. The lesson also explains contradiction (an equation with no solution) and identity (an equation with infinite solutions). There are five practice problems at the end for students to test their knowledge with links to answers and explanations of how those answers were found. Additional resources are also referenced.

Type: Tutorial

This resource helps the user learn the three primary colors that are fundamental to human vision, learn the different colors in the visible spectrum, observe the resulting colors when two colors are added, and learn what white light is. A combination of text and a virtual manipulative allows the user to explore these concepts in multiple ways.

Type: Tutorial

The user will learn the three primary subtractive colors in the visible spectrum, explore the resulting colors when two subtractive colors interact with each other and explore the formation of black color.

Type: Tutorial

This Khan Academy presentation models solving two-step equations with one variable.

Type: Tutorial

In this lesson, students will be viewing a Khan Academy video that will show how to convert ratios using speed units.

Type: Tutorial

The video describes how to multiply fractions and state the answer in lowest terms.

Type: Tutorial

The video demonstrates rewriting given numbers in a common format (as decimals), so they can be compared and ordered.

Type: Tutorial

Introduction to solving one variable multiplication equations of the form px = q.

Type: Tutorial

## Video/Audio/Animations

When working with fractions, divisions can be converted to multiplication by the divisor's reciprocal. This chapter explains why.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

This short video provides a clear explanation why we perform the same steps on each side of an equation when solving for the variable/unknown.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

This short video provides a clear explanation about the "why" of performing the same steps on each side of an equation when solving for the variable/unknown.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

Exponentiation can be understood in terms of repeated multiplication much like multiplication can be understood in terms of repeated addition. Properties of multiplication and division of exponential expressions with the same base are derived.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

Percentages are one method of describing a fraction of a quantity. the percent is the numerator of a fraction whose denominator is understood to be one-hundred.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

Ratio errors confuse one of the coaches as two teams face off in an epic dodgeball tournament. See how mathematical techniques such as tables, graphs, measurements and equations help to find the missing part of a proportion.

Atlantean Dodgeball addresses number and operations standards, the algebra standard, and the process standard, as established by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). It guides students in:

- Understanding and using ratios and proportions to represent quantitative relationships.
- Relating and comparing different forms of representation for a relationship.
- Developing, analyzing, and explaining methods for solving problems involving proportions, such as scaling and finding equivalent ratios.
- Representing, analyzing, and generalizing a variety of patterns with tables, graphs, words, and, when possible, symbolic rules.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

## Virtual Manipulatives

This virtual manipulative allows the learners to solve simple linear equations through the use of a balance beam. Unit blocks and* x*-boxes are placed on the pans of a balance beam to balance it.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

This drag and drop Venn diagram simulation gives students the opportunity to solve a mathematical problem based on number properties using a range of different Venn diagrams. There are five different levels involving a range of multiples and simply odds and evens. The three core layouts cover simple separate sets, two intersecting sets, and a three way intersecting Venn Diagram. The odds and evens layout is limited to two intersecting sets, of course.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

This virtual manipulative is intended to introduce users to the idea of visual representation of data by means of a bar chart. This manipulative is also useful for letting the students categorize collections of familiar objects, (shoes, dry food items, coins etc.) separate them into sub-categories, and describe.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

This virtual manipulative allows students to manipulate blocks, add or remove blocks, and connect them together to form solids. They can also experiment with counting the number of exposed faces, seeing what happens to the surface area when blocks are added or removed, and "unfolding" a block to create a net .

Type: Virtual Manipulative

This virtual manipulative allows the student to enter any two of the three quantities involved in percentage computation: the whole, a part and the percent. This manipulative can also be used for the discussions of relations among fractions, decimals, ratios and percentages.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

This simulation allows the student to create a box plot and a histogram for the same set of data and toggle between the two displays. Maximum, minimum, median and mean are shown for the data set. The student can change the cell width to explore how the histogram is affected.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Using this virtual manipulative, students apply dimensional analysis (AKA factor-label method or unit-factor method) to solve unit conversion problems. There is also the opportunity to create your own unit conversion problems.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

In this online activity, students apply their understanding of proportional relationships by adding circles, either colored or not, to two different piles then combine the piles to produce a required percentage of colored circles. Students can play in four modes: exploration, unknown part, unknown whole, or unknown percent. This activity also includes supplemental materials in tabs above the applet, including background information about the topics covered, a description of how to use the application, and exploration questions for use with the Java applet.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

This virtual manipulative will help the students in exploring the prime factorization of numbers and see how to use the factorization of a pair of numbers to find the greatest common factor (GCF) and the least common factor (LCM). In the manipulative, the number pairs are presented randomly, so that a student returning to the factor tree will most likely begin with a pair of numbers not seen before.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

This extremely versatile manipulative can be used by learners of different grades. At early grades, this manipulative will help the students recognize, name, build, draw, and compare two-dimensional shapes. As they progress students can classify and understand relationships among types of two-dimensional objects using their defining properties. The application computes perimeter and area allowing students to explore patterns as dimensions change.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

In this activity, students use preset data or enter in their own data to be represented in a box plot. This activity allows students to explore single as well as side-by-side box plots of different data. This activity includes supplemental materials, including background information about the topics covered, a description of how to use the application, and exploration questions for use with the Java applet.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

This is an online graphing utility that can be used to create box plots, bubble graphs, scatterplots, histograms, and stem-and-leaf plots.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

This site provides a virtual balance on which the student can represent (and then solve) simple linear equations with integer answers. Conceptually, positive weights (unit-blocks and x-boxes) push the pans of the scale downward. Negative values are represented by balloons which can be attached to the pans of the scale. The student can then manipulate the weights to solve the equation while simultaneously seeing a visual display of these effects on the equation.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

A versatile tool that can be used to illustrate the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Users select a data set or enter their own data to generate a box plot.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

The user drags batteries to create a circuit. The voltage of the batteries that are placed will be displayed on the voltmeter, and an equation will be displayed in a list on the right, giving an example of how positive and negative numbers work together.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

This tool helps students better understand that equality is a relationship and not an operational command to "find the answer." The applet features a pan balance that allows the student to input each half of an equation in the pans, which responds to the numerical expression's value by raising, lowering or balancing.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

This virtual manipulative histogram tool can aid in analyzing the distribution of a dataset. It has 6 preset datasets and a function to add your own data for analysis.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Using an interactive applet, students can compare and contrast properties of measures of central tendency, specifically the influence of changes in data values on the mean and median. As students change the data values by dragging the red points to the left or right, the interactive figure dynamically adjusts the mean and median of the new data set.

(NCTM's Illuminations)

Type: Virtual Manipulative

In this activity, students practice solving algebraic expressions using order of operations. The applet records their score so the student can track their progress. This activity allows students to practice applying the order of operations when solving problems. This activity includes supplemental materials, including background information about the topics covered, a description of how to use the application, and exploration questions for use with the java applet.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

In this activity, students can create and view a histogram using existing data sets or original data entered. Students can adjust the interval size using a slider bar, and they can also adjust the other scales on the graph. This activity allows students to explore histograms as a way to represent data as well as the concepts of mean, standard deviation, and scale. This activity includes supplemental materials, including background information about the topics covered, a description of how to use the application, and exploration questions for use with the java applet.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

## Parent Resources

## Educational Games

This addition game uses mixed decimals to the tenths place. This game encourages some logical analysis as well as addition skills. There may be several ways to make the first couple of circles sum to 3, but there is only one way to combine all the given numbers so that every circle sums to 3.

Type: Educational Game

This addition game encourages some logical analysis as well as addition skills. This particular circle game uses positive and negative integers. There is only one way to combine all the given numbers so that every circle sums to zero.

(source: NLVM grade 6-8 "Circle 0")

Type: Educational Game

This virtual manipulative poses problems requiring the students to position numbers in a diagram, so all numbers in a line add up to a given value.

Type: Educational Game

## Problem-Solving Tasks

In this online problem-solving challenge, students apply algebraic reasoning to determine the "costs" of individual types of faces from sums of frowns, smiles, and neutral faces. This page provides three pictorial problems involving solving systems of equations along with tips for thinking through the problem, the solution, and other similar problems.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to use a diagram or table to write an algebraic expression and use the expression to solve problems.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

The goal of this task is to give students a context to investigate large numbers and measurements. Students need to fluently convert units with very large numbers in order to successfully complete this task. The total number of pennies minted either in a single year or for the last century is phenomenally large and difficult to grasp. One way to assess how large this number is would be to consider how far all of these pennies would reach if we were able to stack them one on top of another: this is another phenomenally large number but just how large may well come as a surprise.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

This tasks gives a verbal description for computing the perimeter of a rectangle and asks the students to find an expression for this perimeter. They then have to use the expression to evaluate the perimeter for specific values of the two variables.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to determine if given expressions are equivalent.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

The purpose of this task is to ask students to write expressions and to consider what it means for two expressions to be equivalent.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to explore and then write an expression with an exponent. The purpose of this task is to introduce the idea of exponential growth and then connect that growth to expressions involving exponents. It illustrates well how fast exponential expressions grow.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

This problem asks the student to find a 3% sales tax on a vase valued at $450.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

The purpose of this task is to give students an opportunity to solve a challenging multistep percentage problem that can be approached in several different ways. Students are asked to find the cost of a meal before tax and tip when given the total cost of the meal. The task can illustrate multiple standards depending on the prior knowledge of the students and the approach used to solve the problem.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

The purpose of this task is two-fold. One is to provide students with a multi-step problem involving volume. The other is to give them a chance to discuss the difference between exact calculations and their meaning in a context. It is important to note that students could argue that whether the new pan is appropriate depends in part on how accurate Leo's estimate for the needed height is.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to determine and illustrate all possible descriptions for the base and height of a given triangle.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to draw a scale model of a building and find related volume and surface areas of the model and the building which are rectangular prisms.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to demonstrate two different strategies for finding the area of polygons shown on grids.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to use the given information to determine the cost of painting a barn.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

The purpose of this task is to gain a better understanding of factors and common factors. Students should use the distributive property to show that the sum of two numbers that have a common factor is also a multiple of the common factor.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

The purpose of this task requires students to apply the concepts of factors and common factors in a context. A version of this task could be adapted into a teaching task to help motivate the need for the concept of a common factor.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to reason about and explain the position of two locations relative to sea level.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

The purpose of this task is for students to solve problems involving decimals in a context involving a concept that supports financial literacy, namely inflation. Inflation is a sustained increase in the average price level. In this task, students are asked to compare the buying power of $20 in 1987 and 2012, at least with respect to movie tickets.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Given the fact 13 x 17 = 221, students are asked to reason about and explain the decimal placement in multiplication and division problems where some of the numbers involved have been changed by powers of ten.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to reason about and explain the placement of decimals in quotients.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to solve a distance problem involving fractions.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to solve a fraction division problem using both a visual model and the standard algorithm within a real-world context.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

The purpose of this task is converting square units. Use the information provided to answer the questions posed. Since this task asks students to critique Jada's reasoning, it provides an opportunity to work on Standard for Mathematical Practice MAFS.K12.MP.3.1 - Construct Viable Arguments and Critique the Reasoning of Others.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to use a ratio to determine how much money Jim and Jesse had at the start of their trip.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to determine the percent of the area of a store covered by a security camera. Then, students are asked to determine the "best" place to position the camera and support their answer.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Use the information provided to find out the original price of Selina's shirt. There are several different ways to reason through this problem; two approaches are shown.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

This problem is the fifth in a series of seven about ratios. At first glance the problem may look to be beyond MAFS.6.RP.1.3, which limits itself to "describe a ratio relationship between two quantities." However, even though there are three quantities (the number of each candidates' votes), they are only considered two at a time.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

This is the sixth problem in a series of seven that use the context of a classroom election. While it still deals with simple ratios and easily managed numbers, the mathematics surrounding the ratios are increasingly complex. In this problem, the students are asked to determine the difference in votes received by two of the three candidates.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

This is the last problem of seven in a series about ratios set in the context of a classroom election. Since the number of voters is not known, the problem is quite abstract and requires a deep understanding of ratios and their relationship to fractions.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

This problem is the third in a series of tasks set in the context of a class election. Students are given a ratio and total number of voters and are asked to determine the difference between the winning number of votes received and the number of votes needed for victory.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

This is the first and most basic problem in a series of seven problems, all set in the context of a classroom election. Students are given a ratio and total number of voters and are asked to determine the number of votes received by each candidate.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

This is the second in a series of tasks that are set in the context of a classroom election. It requires students to understand what ratios are and apply them in a context. The simple version of this question just asked how many votes each gets. This has the extra step of asking for the difference between the votes.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

This is the fourth in a series of tasks about ratios set in the context of a classroom election. Given only a ratio, students are asked to determine the fractional difference between votes received and votes required.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are given a context and a dotplot and are asked a number of questions regarding shape, center, and spread of the data.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are given a context and a series of questions and are asked to identify whether each question is statistical and to provide their reasoning. Students are asked to compose an original statistical question for the given context.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Using the information provided, create an appropriate graphical display and answer the questions regarding shape, center and variability.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

The purpose of this task is meant to reinforce students' understanding of rational numbers as points on the number line and to provide them with a visual way of understanding that the sum of a number and its additive inverse (usually called its "opposite") is zero.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked a series of questions involving a fraction and a whole number within the context of a recipe. Students are asked to solve a problem using both a visual model and the standard algorithm.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to solve a distance problem involving fractions. The purpose of this task is to help students extend their understanding of division of whole numbers to division of fractions, and given the simple numbers used, it is most appropriate for students just learning about fraction division because it lends itself easily to a pictorial solution.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

The purpose of this task is for students to solve problems involving multiplication and division of decimals in the real-world context of setting financial goals. The focus of the task is on modeling and understanding the concept of setting financial goals, so fluency with the computations will allow students to focus on other aspects of the task.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to solve a real-world problem involving common multiples.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to use fractions to determine how many hours it will take a car to travel a given distance.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to use fractions to determine how long a video game can be played.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

The purpose of this task is to have students convert multiple currencies to answer the problem. Students may find the CDN abbreviation for Canada confusing. Teachers may need to explain the fact that money in Canada is also called dollars, so to distinguish them, we call them Canadian dollars.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Use the information provided to find out what percentage of Dana's lot won't be covered by the house.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

This task asks the students to solve a real-world problem involving unit rates (data per unit time) using units that many teens and pre-teens have heard of but may not know the definition for. While the computations involved are not particularly complex, the units will be abstract for many students. The first solution relies more on reasoning about the meaning of multiplication and division, while the second solution uses units to help keep track of the steps in the solution process.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to use knowledge of rates and ratios to answer a series of questions involving time, distance, and speed.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to write complete sentences to describe ratios for the context.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

The purpose of this task is to help students get a better understanding of multiplying and dividing using fractions.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

There are two aspects to fluency with division of multi-digit numbers: knowing when it should be applied, and knowing how to compute it. While this task is very straightforward, it represents the kind of problem that sixth graders should be able to recognize and solve relatively quickly. Easily recognizing contexts that require division is a necessary conceptual prerequisite to more complex modeling problems that students will be asked to solve later in middle and high school.

This task also has a natural carryover to work with ratios and rates, so students should also be building connections between these kinds of division problems and finding unit rates.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

The purpose of the task is for students to compare signed numbers in a real-world context.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

The purpose of this task is to help students explore the meaning of fraction division and to connect it to what they know about whole-number division. Students are asked to explain why the quotient of two fractions with common denominators is equal to the quotient of the numerators of those fractions.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

This task builds on a fifth grade fraction multiplication task, "Drinking Juice." This task uses the identical context, but asks the corresponding "Number of Groups Unknown" division problem. See "Drinking Juice, Variation 3" for the "Group Size Unknown" version.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to solve a fraction division problem using a visual model and the standard algorithm.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to solve problems from context by using multiplication or division of decimals.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

This instructional task requires that the students model each problem with some type of fractions manipulatives or drawings. This could be pattern blocks, student or teacher-made fraction strips, or commercially produced fraction pieces. At a minimum, students should draw pictures of each. The above problems are meant to be a progression which require more sophisticated understandings of the meaning of fractions as students progress through them.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

The purpose of this task is for students to get a better understanding of the relative positions and values of positive and negative numbers.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

The purpose of this task is for students to apply their knowledge of integers in a real-world context.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to add or subtract decimals to solve problems in context.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to write and solve an equation in one variable to answer a real world question.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

In this task students use different representations to analyze the relationship between two quantities and to solve a real world problem. The situation presented provides a good opportunity to make connections between the information provided by tables, graphs and equations. In the later part of the problem, the numbers are big enough so that using the formula is the most efficient way to solve the problem; however, creative use of the table or graph will also work.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

This task asks students to find equivalent expressions by visualizing a familiar activity involving distance. The given solution shows some possible equivalent expressions, but there are many variations possible.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to use properties of operations to match expressions that are equivalent and to write equivalent expressions for any expressions that do not have a match.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

In this task students are asked to write an equation to solve a real-world problem.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to write and graph two inequalities described in context: one discrete and one continuous.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to solve an inequality in order to answer a real-world question.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to write an equation with one variable in order to find the distance walked.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

This purpose of this task is to help students understand the absolute value of a number as its distance from 0 on the number line. The context is not realistic, nor is meant to be; it is a thought experiment to help students focus on the relative position of numbers on the number line.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to determine if two different ratios are both appropriate for the same context.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Given a ratio, students are asked to determine how much of each ingredient is needed to make concrete.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

This problem provides an interesting geometric context to work on the notion of percent. Two different methods for analyzing the geometry are provided: the first places the two squares next to one another and then moves one so that they overlap. The second solution sets up an equation to find the overlap in terms of given information which reflects the mathematical ideas described in cluster MAFS.6.EE.2 - Reason about and solve one-variable equations and inequalities.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked to use a given ratio to determine if two different interpretations of the ratio are correct and to determine the maximum quantity that could be purchased within a given context.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Students are asked apply knowledge of ratios to answer several questions regarding speed, distance and time.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

In this activity students calculate the ratio of chocolate to cereal when making a cake. Students then use that ratio to calculate to amount of chocolate and cereal necessary to make 21 cakes.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

## Teaching Ideas

In this hands-on and web interactive project, students design and build a bird wing powerful enough to spin them in an office chair when it is flapped. By modifying the shape, size, and/or materials used in their design based on observations of natural and man-made transportation methods, students will learn about thrust, forces, durability, and energy use.

Type: Teaching Idea

In this hands-on and web interactive project, students design and build a machine inspired by animals where the entire structure flips or jumps (vertically or horizontally) using basic materials such as sticks and rubber bands. The students will explore concepts including power amplification, elastic potential energy, and kinetic energy by manipulating physical objects.

Type: Teaching Idea

## Tutorials

The distributive property states that the terms of addition or subtraction statements within parentheses may be separately multiplied by a value outside the parentheses. In this tutorial, students will learn the distributive property, which is very helpful with mental math calculations and solving equations.

Type: Tutorial

Students will be able to see examples of addition of integers while watching a short video, and practice adding integers using an online quiz.

Type: Tutorial

The video describes how to multiply fractions and state the answer in lowest terms.

Type: Tutorial

The video demonstrates rewriting given numbers in a common format (as decimals), so they can be compared and ordered.

Type: Tutorial

Introduction to solving one variable multiplication equations of the form px = q.

Type: Tutorial

## Video/Audio/Animation

Ratio errors confuse one of the coaches as two teams face off in an epic dodgeball tournament. See how mathematical techniques such as tables, graphs, measurements and equations help to find the missing part of a proportion.

Atlantean Dodgeball addresses number and operations standards, the algebra standard, and the process standard, as established by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). It guides students in:

- Understanding and using ratios and proportions to represent quantitative relationships.
- Relating and comparing different forms of representation for a relationship.
- Developing, analyzing, and explaining methods for solving problems involving proportions, such as scaling and finding equivalent ratios.
- Representing, analyzing, and generalizing a variety of patterns with tables, graphs, words, and, when possible, symbolic rules.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

## Virtual Manipulatives

This virtual manipulative allows the learners to solve simple linear equations through the use of a balance beam. Unit blocks and* x*-boxes are placed on the pans of a balance beam to balance it.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

This drag and drop Venn diagram simulation gives students the opportunity to solve a mathematical problem based on number properties using a range of different Venn diagrams. There are five different levels involving a range of multiples and simply odds and evens. The three core layouts cover simple separate sets, two intersecting sets, and a three way intersecting Venn Diagram. The odds and evens layout is limited to two intersecting sets, of course.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

This virtual manipulative is intended to introduce users to the idea of visual representation of data by means of a bar chart. This manipulative is also useful for letting the students categorize collections of familiar objects, (shoes, dry food items, coins etc.) separate them into sub-categories, and describe.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

This virtual manipulative allows students to manipulate blocks, add or remove blocks, and connect them together to form solids. They can also experiment with counting the number of exposed faces, seeing what happens to the surface area when blocks are added or removed, and "unfolding" a block to create a net .

Type: Virtual Manipulative

This virtual manipulative allows the student to enter any two of the three quantities involved in percentage computation: the whole, a part and the percent. This manipulative can also be used for the discussions of relations among fractions, decimals, ratios and percentages.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

This simulation allows the student to create a box plot and a histogram for the same set of data and toggle between the two displays. Maximum, minimum, median and mean are shown for the data set. The student can change the cell width to explore how the histogram is affected.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Using this virtual manipulative, students apply dimensional analysis (AKA factor-label method or unit-factor method) to solve unit conversion problems. There is also the opportunity to create your own unit conversion problems.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

This virtual manipulative will help the students in exploring the prime factorization of numbers and see how to use the factorization of a pair of numbers to find the greatest common factor (GCF) and the least common factor (LCM). In the manipulative, the number pairs are presented randomly, so that a student returning to the factor tree will most likely begin with a pair of numbers not seen before.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

This extremely versatile manipulative can be used by learners of different grades. At early grades, this manipulative will help the students recognize, name, build, draw, and compare two-dimensional shapes. As they progress students can classify and understand relationships among types of two-dimensional objects using their defining properties. The application computes perimeter and area allowing students to explore patterns as dimensions change.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

This site provides a virtual balance on which the student can represent (and then solve) simple linear equations with integer answers. Conceptually, positive weights (unit-blocks and x-boxes) push the pans of the scale downward. Negative values are represented by balloons which can be attached to the pans of the scale. The student can then manipulate the weights to solve the equation while simultaneously seeing a visual display of these effects on the equation.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

A versatile tool that can be used to illustrate the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

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