Linear equations are used in everyday life without much thought. However, when students are first learning to set up and solve a linear equations, it seems to be a difficult task for most. There are three main formulas a student needs to keep in mind when solving a linear equation. Beyond the formulas, the most important aspect of a linear equation is the slope.
In the State of West Virginia, Math 1, which is usually comprised of ninth graders, is where these standards are taught and learned. These standards, based around the Common Core National Standards, yet modified to meet WV needs are called NextGen Standards. The lesson plan I have developed will address:
“M.1HS.RBQ.6 create equations in two or more variables to represent relationships between quantities; graph equations on coordinate axes with labels and scales. (Limit to linear and exponential equations, and, in the case of exponential equations, limit to situations requiring evaluation of exponential functions at integer inputs.) (CCSS.Math.Content.HSA-CED.A.2)” (West Virginia Department of Educaion, n.d., p. 2).
Real World Application
This lesson will address the real world application that people face when trying to decide what type of entertainment package they are going to purchase for their home entertainment pleasure. The students will research the different television entertainment packages from the local cable provider, Directv®, and Dish Network®. They will take the basic package and develop a formula using the slope-intercept form (y = mx + b) and graph the corresponding line. When this is completed, they will then add the additional packages they would like to include. For example, the Extra Innings®, Hockey, FIFA Cup®,...
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... it will help the student gain a better understanding of how the line will change when additional information is added to it. Finally, this lesson addresses several technology aspects such as Internet searches, Microsoft Excel, Word and Power Point as students use the computer to perform research, take notes, synthesize and evaluate the information obtained and present their findings in a presentation using creativity to help express their findings and understanding.
ISTE NETS for Students 2007. (2007). http://www.iste.org/standards/standards-for-students/nets-student-standards-2007
UNC Charlotte The Center for Teaching and Learning. (n.d.). http://teaching.uncc.edu/learning-resources/articles-books/best-practice/goals-objectives/writing-objectives
West Virginia Department of Education. (n.d.). http://wveis.k12.wv.us/Teach21/public/ng_cso/NG_popup.cfm
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