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Visit a Mesopotamian House

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The story of ancient Mesopotamia is the story of humankind, and it is in this spirit that the online resource, Ancient Mesopotamia: This History, Our History was developed. The Mesopotamian collection of the Oriental Institute Museum was unearthed in archaeological excavations conducted by the University of Chicago over the past century. *This lesson is 1 of 14 activity ideas on the site.

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Author: Oriental Institute Museum of the University of Chicago

Primary Sources and Personal Artifacts - Library of Congress

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This lesson plan introduces the practice of using primary sources; where to find primary sources, what they are, how to examine them, and how to construct a context to tell more of the story.Students will:Analyze personal artifacts as primary sources; Analyze historical primary sources; andConnect historical text with primary sources.Materials/Links Included:Primary Source Analysis ToolPrimary source setsTeacher's guide to Analyzing Primary Sources

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Author: Dawn Perez

Linear and Exponential Functions

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Students will extend their study of functions to include function notation and the concepts of domain and range by exploring examples of functions and their graphs, focusing on the contrast between linear and exponential functions. They interpret functions given graphically, numerically, symbolically, and verbally; translate between representations; and understand the limitations of various representations.

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Author: EngageNY

Match My Line

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In this activity, students work through a series of scaffolded linear graphing challenges to develop their proficiency with direct variation, slope-intercept, point-slope, and other linear function forms.

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Build a Bigger Field

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Students will use quadratic models to optimize the area of a field for a given perimeter. This is the Desmos treatment of a task that's as old as fields themselves. We emphasize estimation, construction, and formulation, in addition to the graphing and solution you find in traditional treatments.

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Descriptive Statistics

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Students will develop a set of tools for understanding and interpreting variability in data, and begin to make more informed decisions from data. They work with data distributions of various shapes, centers, and spreads. Students build on their experience with bivariate quantitative data from Grade 8. This module sets the stage for more extensive work with sampling and inference in later grades.

Material Type: Unit of Study

Author: EngageNY