# Mathematical Practice: MP1 - Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

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• MP1 - Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. (6)
• MP2 - Reason abstractly and quantitatively. (7)
• MP3 - Construct viable arguments and critique others' reasoning. (3)
• MP4 - Model with mathematics. (8)
• MP5 - Use appropriate tools strategically. (5)
• MP6 - Attend to precision. (6)
• MP7 - Look for and make use of structure. (6)
• MP8 - Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning. (3)

### Fold & Cut

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What shapes can result from the following fold-and-cut process?
Take a piece of paper.
Fold it flat.
Make one complete straight cut.
Unfold the pieces.
Are all shapes possible?

### Cup Stacking

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Begin with a row of cups and end with all of the cups in a single stack. Rules: 1. Count the number of cups in a stack. That stack must jump that number of spaces. For example, 1 cup can only move 1 space; 2 cups have to move 2...

### Balance Beans

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If you start with some beans on a seesaw and you’re given certain additional beans to place on the seesaw, can you do it so the seesaw balances? In this activity, students start by trying to solve various challenges involving different arrangements of beans on the seesaw and then design...

### Making Connections Between Forms of Quadratic Equations

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Developed as part of the Math Circles of Inquiry project, the goal of this module is to help students in Algebra II become fluent in the various forms of a parabola equation based on the information that they are given. Students sometimes fail to understand that there are multiple ways...

### Percents

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Developed as part of the Math Circles of Inquiry project, this module has students grapple with different representations of percents in various contexts in order to solve real life problems. Students need fluency in percentages for real world applications such as shopping, eating at restaurants, commission based careers, etc. Understanding...

### Rational Numbers

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Developed as part of the Math Circles of Inquiry project, this module is an introductory activity for rational numbers, likely aligned with Grade 7. Students will be given five points on a number line and will be asked to estimate the values of each in a 3-part task and explain...

### System of Inequalities: Math Dance

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You want this year’s dance to be LIT! The dance committee has a goal of fundraising \$3,500 through ticket sales. How many tickets do they need to sell? Developed as part of the Math Circles of Inquiry project, this module presents an engaging problem which will allow students to investigate...

### Systems of Linear Equations

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Developed as part of the Math Circles of Inquiry project, this short module explores a graphical solution to a system of equations. Students answer questions about lemonade sales and physically stand on the coordinates of a giant grid in order to see that plotting two equations on the same set...

### Trigonometric Ratios in Right Triangles

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Developed as part of the Math Circles of Inquiry project, this five to six day activity is designed to help students understand trigonometric ratios, by building on their understanding of similar triangles and ratios of corresponding sides. The purpose of this module is for students to spend time and energy...

### Liar’s Bingo

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From recognizing a pattern to generating terms, to abstracting and making inferences, tasks based on patterns embody the “low-threshold, high-ceiling” trait of good problems. Liar’s Bingo is all about patterns. This session involves recognizing patterns and searching for underlying structure, number theory, numeration, and potentially binary arithmetic. Sometimes, as in...