# Lesson Ideas

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Equations with Variables

Equations with Variables

What are those letters inside of algebra equations? They’re not just runaways from your English class--they’re variables! In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby find themselves in a bind: how to build a ladder to get to their new treehouse. Using a simple one-variable equation, Tim will walk you through the process of simplification and show you how to isolate the variable on one side of the equals sign. You’ll learn how to substitute numbers you don’t know for letters, and how to figure out what numbers those letters actually stand for. Cool! Watch this movie, and you’ll know what to do the next time you have to solve for x. Or y. Or a. Or d. You get the point!

## Real World Measurement Lesson Ideas: Carpenter’s Cut Game

In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 2-7, students will explore authentic contexts for measurement skills. Students will use a free online math game to take on the role of a carpenter who needs to cut planks of wood. Younger students will practice equal grouping in early levels of the game, while older students practice measurement, factoring, division, and algebra as they cut slabs of wood in the advanced game levels. Students then work collaboratively to create math word problems that include real world measurement scenarios.

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In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 6 through 8, students use BrainPOP resources to explore mathematical concepts. They will describe, represent, and apply numbers using mental strategies, paper/pencil and technology through an online game. Students will also evaluate algebraic expressions.

**This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.**See more »## Math Concepts Lesson Plan: Lure of the Labyrinth Mine Shaft Game

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 6, 7, and 8, students use BrainPOP resources to to explore mathematical concepts. They will describe, represent, and apply numbers using mental strategies, paper/pencil and technology through an online game. Students will also identify, describe, extend, and create numeric patterns and functions, and interpret and write a rule for a one operation function table.

**This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.**See more »## Algebra Lesson Plan: Create a Linear Equations Poster

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 4-8, students use BrainPOP resources to practice applying knowledge of distance, rate, and time to real-world problem solving. Students will also graph linear equations, demonstrate knowledge of slope and intercept, and solve two step equations. See more »

## Math Skills Lesson Plan: It’s All Fun and Games

In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 3-12, students work collaboratively to research selected math skills. Students then create, play, and assess a math game that is designed to apply and reinforce their selected math concept.

**This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.**See more »