Math Investigations and Mini-Lessons

Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Investigation
Students will collaborate together on a music project, focusing on the pentatonic scale.
Grades: 5, 6
Mini-lesson
Students will learn how to recognize inequalities on a number line and compare to domain inequalities. Use the following academic language: greater than, less than, equal to, integer, negative, positive. See how few questions can be asked per session.
Grades: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Mini-lesson
Students will develop a sense of discrete mathematics and combinations.
Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Mini-lesson
Students will use counting patterns to create a repeating 25-second percussion rhythm.

Math Investigations: Our math investigations are designed on the project-based learning model (PBL). PBL is a student-centered pedagogy that involves a dynamic classroom approach in which students acquire a knowledge through active exploration of real-world challenges. Students team up and learn about applied math topics by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question or problem. Disco Math's math investigations were initially tested with Renton Prep's 7th through 10th grade students. The math investigations listed are intended to be student-facing PBL instructional prompts. A generic rubric is available for the investigations.

Investigations

Mini-Lessons: Listing include links to activities created through Desmos Activites teacher's portal. Mini-lessons are intended to be one-off, 30 to 50-minute lessons.

Mini-lessons

Math Tools: Browse a database of interactive graphs which allow deeper understanding of mathematical concepts. These have mostly been developed using the Desmos calculator and geometry tools.

Math Tools

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