The Force of FractionsThe Force of Fractions (Math 6)

Standards of Learning: 2016 Math (6.2, 6.5)

How strong is the Force of Fractions in your students? The tools to create a lightsaber are locked away and your students' fraction number sense is the only way to break them out. Can your students use fraction circles to solve the different brain teasers to earn the correct lock combinations for this breakout lesson?



catch the wave

Catch the Wave (Math 7)

Standards of Learning: 2016 Math (7.1); 2018 Physical Science (PS.1, PS.7)

Join us as we travel over the rainbow to explore the colors of mathematics. Students will discover the importance of scientific notation as they experiment with spectroscopes and the electromagnetic spectrum. Through their exploration, they will compare and order extremely large and extremely small numbers using scientific notation having both positive and negative exponents.


coding with ozobotsCoding with Ozobots (Math 7)

Standards of Learning: 2016 Math (7.6a)

The Ozobot® is a programmable robot that allows students to use reasoning and problem-solving skills to develop code for performing various tasks. Using drag and drop programming, this lesson will engage students in the complex world of quadrilaterals as they program their Ozobot® to construct different shapes. Students will build connections between the coding language and the characteristics of quadrilaterals as they develop their programming skills.

Lesson Requirement: Students must have access to a computer for this lesson.

lego my math o

Lego® My Math-O (Math 7)

SOL: 2016 Math 7 (7.3, 7.5, 7.7, 7.8, 7.10e, 8.6b)

Legos® are the building blocks of children’s imaginations while the Engineering Design Process is the building block of engineering. Bring them together through a series of design and build challenges based on the seventh grade standards of learning. Each task will demonstrate and strengthen your students’ understanding of a math concept as they use their imagination to create.


tribute to volumePump Up the Volume (Math 7)

Standards of Learning: 2016 Math (7.4, 8.6)

Amazon is now in the Richmond Area and of course Walmart is too.  See how volume and surface area can make a big difference for companies like these.  Transportation (specifically intermodal transportation) is used to explore volume and surface area in a hands-on investigation that highlights how volume is impacted when an attribute is changed.


itty bitty reactions

Itty Bitty Reactions (Math 8)

Standards of Learning: 2016 Math (8.6, 8.13, 8.16)

Which fizzes faster, a tablet of Alka-Seltzer or crushed pieces? If you think it has nothing to do with math, think again. In this lesson, students will explore the relationship between surface area, volume, and chemical reactions. Using cubes and scatterplots students will model different sized Alka-Seltzer pieces in order to understand why the surface area to volume ratio has the greatest impact at the nanoscale.


start your enginesStart Your Engines (Math 8)

Standards of Learning: 2016 Math (8.12)

How fast is your reaction time? If a $20 bill is dropped right in front of you, can you catch it? How is reaction time important to a successful race car driver? Using data collected in class, students will create box and whisker plots to display, analyze, and compare their reaction time results. Find out if you are ready to become a race car driver!


Wrap and FillWrap and Fill (Math 8)

Standards of Learning: 2016 Math (8.6)

Would you rather have an ice cream cylinder or an ice cream cone? Should the Egyptians have built rectangular prisms instead of pyramids? Explore how the relationships between volumes and surface areas of geometric solids are applied in the real world.


zombie apocalypseZombie Apocalypse (Math 8)

Standards of Learning: 2016 Math (8.11, 8.16)

A new virus has started attacking the brains of the human population, turning victims into mindless flesh eating zombies. Can we stop it?  Use modeling/simulations, probability and graphing to determine how quickly this virus can become a pandemic and how it is being transmitted. Students will use Desmos Activity Builder to model and compare their data as well as calculate probabilities of dependent and independent events to determine the likelihood of the virus spreading.

 Lesson Requirement: Students must have access to a computer for this lesson.


engineering disaster

Engineering Disaster (Algebra 1)

Standards of Learning: 2016 Math (A.4, A.7, A.9)

Walkways collapse, bridges fall down, and dams fail; yet from these failures come some of the greatest advances in design and building. Students will review several historical examples of engineering failures and how the investigations revealed new information which is still used in designs today. Students will also learn how equations, multiple representations, and data interpretation using the line of best fit are used to put a silver lining on a design cloud.



get your bearings

Get Your Bearings (Algebra 1)

Standards of Learning: 2016 Math (A.1, A.6)

Slope and the slope-intercept form of an equation of a line are key elements of an Algebra I course. During this lesson, students will participate in a math/science integrated activity to generate data that will then be used to identify the important characteristics that define a linear equation.

Lesson Requirement: Students must have access to a computer and the internet.



lego animal factory

LEGO Animal Factory (Algebra 1)

Standards of Learning: 2016 Math (A.1 & A.4), Technology: (C/T 6-8.9B, C/T 9-12.11C)

Join the workforce at a LEGO® factory! We will take a look at the rate of brick production and the profitability of different building sets. You will also have an opportunity to create a new design for the company to sell.

Lesson Requirement: Students must have access to a computer. 

let it snowLet It Snow (Geometry)

Standards of Learning: 2016 Geometry (G.10, G.13)

What does self-assembly in nanotechnology have to do with geometry? Plenty! Ice crystals naturally self-assemble into snowflakes as hexagonal prisms. Students will discover the science of self-assembly by demonstrating problem-solving skills. Patterns will be investigated when looking at interior and exterior polygon angle measures in order to derive algebraic formulas. The volume of a hexagonal prism model will be explored to determine its effectiveness in delivering cancer drugs to medical patients.