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Tau Beta Pi MindSET & UF GatorTRAX What Makes A Module?

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AlgebraWorks Module (Grades 3-6): Patterns, Inequalities and Equations

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What Is a Module? A module is a standalone set of everything needed to complete a MindSET educational activityA module is a standalone set of everything needed to complete a MindSET educational activity –Objectives –Presentation –Worksheets –Teacher solutions –Materials list –Suggestions

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Our goal is to teach concepts in MATH Identify a target age groupIdentify a target age group Look at what is already availableLook at what is already available –MindSET modules, AlgebraWorks, Algeblocks, etc. Identify a concept or set of concepts to be taughtIdentify a concept or set of concepts to be taught –Use available course curricula Getting Started:

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Sunshine State Standards: Grades 3-8 Grades 3-5:Grades 3-5: –Understand and apply multiplication and division –Understand fractions and fraction equivalence –Properties of two-dimensional shapes –Connect fractions with decimals –Describe and analyze two- and three-dimensional shapes Grades 6-8:Grades 6-8: –Understand multiplication and division with fractions and decimals –Use ratios and rates with multiplication and divisions –Write, interpret, and use mathematical expressions and equations –Understand proportionality and similarity –Understand equations involving rational numbers –Solve linear equations –Analyze and solve linear functions

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Sunshine State Standards: Grades 3-8 Grades 3-5:Grades 3-5: –Understand and apply multiplication and division –Understand fractions and fraction equivalence –Properties of two-dimensional shapes –Connect fractions with decimals –Describe and analyze two- and three-dimensional shapes Grades 6-8:Grades 6-8: –Understand multiplication and division with fractions and decimals –Use ratios and rates with multiplication and divisions –Write, interpret, and use mathematical expressions and equations –Understand proportionality and similarity –Understand equations involving rational numbers –Solve linear equations –Analyze and solve linear functions

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Teaching About Functions Every function has a rule, i.e. f(x) = 2x +3Every function has a rule, i.e. f(x) = 2x +3 Understand concept ofUnderstand concept of input transformation output Every transformation follows that functions ruleEvery transformation follows that functions rule We must identify and apply that rule to various inputsWe must identify and apply that rule to various inputs

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Teaching About Functions Teach students how to identify a patternTeach students how to identify a pattern –Use patterns of shapes Teach students how to relate a pattern to the rule of a functionTeach students how to relate a pattern to the rule of a function –Use patterns of numbers Teach students how to predict future outputs of a function once they know the ruleTeach students how to predict future outputs of a function once they know the rule –IN / OUT tables

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Pointers Never underestimate the kidsNever underestimate the kids –Maximize number of volunteers Use all available resourcesUse all available resources –Teacher resources –Modules made by other TBP chapters –Input from other societies Keep it cheap and reusableKeep it cheap and reusable –Kids break things

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Advantages of Outsourcing Advantages to you: Publicity on campus Publicity on campus More sources of creative input More sources of creative input More volunteers at events More volunteers at events More time for expansion More time for expansion Advantages to them: Publicity in community Publicity in community Service event related to engineering Service event related to engineering More kids than they could get More kids than they could get Little or no expense Little or no expense Partial ownership of final product Partial ownership of final product

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Questions? GatorTRAX Website:GatorTRAX Website:http://www.ufgatortrax.com Contact Info:Contact Info: Dan Duncan ufgatortrax@gmail.com

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