Lesson | Description | K-12 Level | Category |
A Functional Housing Market | Students will access the Internet to search for housing prices in Houston, Texas, (the location can be changed to accommodate any location) and compare the prices to the number of square feet found in the living area of a house. A linear equation will be derived from this data on a coordinate plane using the "best-fit" method. Using information from the graph of the data and the equations of the function, students will answer questions about housing prices. | 8th + | Math: Algebra I |
Pizza Your Way | Students will be able to use real life situations not only to add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals but to use percents and ratios. | 1st - 5th | Math |
The Internet Pizza Server | Students will create their own pizza using choices of toppings. They will be able to "order" their creation from the Internet and see their creation. They will use their order to calculate the area of various size pizzas, determine the "better buy", cost per topping. Students will also have to use research skills to answer questions pertaining to the Pizza Home Page. | 8th -12th | Math |
Pop Clock | Students will review the census site on the Internet and gather data regarding trends in population. They will study this data and make predictions on future populations and compare their results with the information available on the Internet. | 8th -12th | Math |
Indy 500 | Students will find the mean and median speed for the Indianapolis 500. Rates per lap will be calculated as well as the length of each lap. Students will need to research information via the Internet. | 8th -12th | Math: Algebra I |
Houston Area Real-Time Traffic Report | Students will calculate the time needed to travel a certain distance given the rate of speed. This is an ongoing project. Their data will be collected using "real-time" traffic maps of the greater Houston area. Over a period of one week, one month, and one school year, traffic patterns will be studied at various times of the day. At the completion of this study students will write a report and send their results via email to the Greater Houston Transportation and Emergency Management Center. Students also have an opportunity to volunteer to collect travel data on major Houston freeways. | 8th -12 th | Math: Algebra I |
A Bit of Computer History | Students will learn about the technological innovations that sparked the different computer generations and the people responsible for these developments that changed the course of computer history. | 6th - 8th | Computer Skills |
Leisure Time with a Computer | This lesson is designed to give students an overview of the ways that computers are involved in games, entertainment, and music. | 6th - 8th | Computer Skills |
Problems and Issues Related to Computer Usage in Society | This lesson is designed so that students will discover that computers play an integral part in individuals' lives, the community, and the global society. | 6th - 8th | Computer Skills |
A Christmas Celebration in Black Culture | This lesson integrates computer literacy, social studies, and language arts disciplines. The major purposes of this lesson include informing students, especially African-American students, about Kwanzaa; incorporating a multicultural activity into scholastic activity; and providing students with an opportunity to experience Cyberspace. | 6th - 8th | Computer Skills, Language Arts, History |
How's the Weather in Cyberspace | Students collect and record aspects of the daily weather from Internet weather sources. They also investigate regional weather and use a spreadsheet to record and chart data. | 4th - 8th | Computer Skills, Science |
Tracking a Hurricane | Students plot rectangular and polar coordinates, a lesson designed to integrate the use of the Internet into the instruction of precalculus topics. | 10th + | Trigonomety- Calculus |
Earthquaked! | Students will learn about logarithms and solving logarithmic Richter scale equations using Internet resources for practical applications. | 10th + | Computer Skills, Science |
Hurricanes on the 'Net | Students research data pertaining to hurricanes on the Internet; track current tropical disturbances, storms, cyclones and hurricanes; and investigate past hurricanes. | 4th - 8th | Computer Skills, Science |
How do you find what you need on the 'Net? | The learner will use a search engine to conduct a search on theInternet, using an index as a starting point. | 3rd | Computer Skills |
Using Standard Deviation: Part I | The student should have a knowledge of how the mean and standard deviation of a set of numbers is calculated using a scientific calculator. It is preferred that they know how to get the standard deviation without using the statistical mode in the calculator. Their insight into the uses for the standard deviation will be more complete if this is so. | 9th -12th | Math |
Standard Deviation: Part II | This lesson is planned as a follow-up to "Using Standard Deviation: Part 1." The student should understand how to use the standard deviation and percentage error to decide if a set of numbers are consistent or not. | 9th -12th | Math |
Calculating Car Payments | The student will use a formula containing complex fractions and large exponents to calculate a monthly car payment. The student will use the order of operations while putting such a formula into a scientific calculator. The student will see a very practical use for complex fractions and large exponents. | 9th -12th | Math |
I Feel the Need for Speed | Students will understand and be able to calculate speed, velocity, acceleration, and inertia of a moving object. They will be able to distinguish between distance and displacement. They will calculate the average speeds and accelerations of rides at Astroworld. | 7th -12th | Science: Physics |
Anywhere in the USA | Given a set amount of money, students will be able to compute the time and money incurred in taking a vacation, by using the distance formula and adding and subtracting decimals. | 5th + | Math |
Tour de Texas | To be able to estimate and use measuring devices to determine distances between two points. To be able to evaluate distances of points and to use proportions to evaluate problems involving scale drawings. | 5th + | Social Studies |
Eratosthenes Finds Diameter of Earth! | The students will learn to estimate the diameter and circumference of the Earth by repeating Eratosthenes experiment. They will use the Internet to exchange measured data and results and to research the mathematical and scientific contributions of Eratosthenes. | 9th -12th | Science |
Prom Date | Use data from the Internet to plan a Prom Date and its costs. | 9th -12th | Math |
Rocketsmania and Slope | The students will use data from the online information about the Rockets 1995 World Championship Series to graph on a coordinate plane. They will draw a line of regression and find its equation. They will interpret the data, the lines of regression, and the point of intersection. They will use the graphing calculator to make a table of ordered pairs and graph the lines of regression. | 8th + | Math |
Rocket Launch Vehicle | Content: From a real world description of a test on a rocket launch vehicle, graph the path of the flight and discusss whether it is a function. Product: A graph of the test flight of the rocket. A letter written to White Sands Army Base requesting an actual path of the rocket, and requesting any information about the testing program. Process: Knowledge - using the coordinate plane; Evaluation - inferring the shape of the path from the written description provided on the Internet. Research: Rocket Test 1. | 8th + | Science |
Those Amazing Seaworld Animals! | The students will be asked to research the animals at Seaworld so that they can relate the information that they have found into various types of graphs. | 6th - 8th | Math |
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