Algebra 1 Concept Tasks 

Title 
Standard(s) 
Concept Lesson (Teacher's Guide) Where available  Description 
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UNIT 1  Surround the Pool  5.0  Students investigate and compare visual representations of algebraic expressions.  
Tommy's TShirts (extension) 
4.0  Students work with linear expressions to find how much they should charge for Tshirts  
A Stack of Cups  5.0, 7.0  Students use hands on techniques to investigate the meaning of linear equations.  
Music Mania  16.0, 17.0, 18.0  Students explore the idea of functions and develop functions based upon verbal desriptions of music download plans.  
UNIT 2  6.0, 8.0  Students tie knot in a rope, measure the resulting lengths and develop a function to describe the relationshihp between the length of the rope and the number of knots tied in it.  
*Multiple Pathways Lesson  The Power of Diversity  Standing Tall  7.0  In a lesson that connects to the LAUSD Biology unit on Genetics, Students use linear equations and graphs to analyze the changes in basketball player's heights over the last 50 years.  
Calling Plans  6.0, 7.0, 9.0  Students explore a real world problem to get the best deal on a cell phone plan.  
Two Storage Tanks  7.0, 9.0  Students interpret information given in graphical form and use analytical techniques to solve problems.  
Cal's Dinner Card Deals  9.0  Students interpret graphical information and translate the information into algebraic equations to explain their reasoning.  
6.0  Students have to decide which Xgames skateboarders' scores make the final. They are introduced to the whole idea of graphing linear inequalities on a plane.  
UNIT 3  Martian Math  10.0, 11.0  Students investigate symbolic manipulation and the distributive property by looking at the Martian Math symbols of Zeb, who is visiting Earth.  
Multiplying Binomials  10.0  Students use visual and physical models to represent multiplying various binomials and look for patterns  
SPattern Task  23.0  Students investigate a pattern of growth that is nonlinear.  
21.0, 23.0  Students decide who has the best kick, after exploring 4 different representations of quadratic functions.  
Quadratic Quandry  21.0  Students compare the quadratic motion of two rockets.  
Trading Land  10.0, 11.0  Students compare different areas to explore a quadratic relationship.  
UNIT 4 