High School Math Lesson Plan

Great Math Lesson #1: Tooth and Nail- The Math Version
Grade Level: 10th

Tooth and Nail was a popular book in the 1990s; it was designed as a mystery novel that helped increased ones vocabulary. Similarly, this activity should be a mystery, but one that can be solved via mathematics.

Materials Needed: None


Explain to students that they are to write a short, 3page,  mystery that uses math concepts as clues to solve the case. For example, they can use clues that require the hero or heroine to unscramble words such as GNAAYIMIR SBUMNER (IMAGINARY
NUMBERS) to get to the next clue or solve mathematical equations that requires knowledge of trigonometry to continue.

*Use this activity as a stress-free way to review concepts at the end of the year.
Great Math Lesson # 2: Math Stars- The Movie

Grade Level: 12th
Materials Needed:

A PC or MAC with iMovie or Windows
Movie Maker
A big imagination


1.Have students think of a math concept that was recently covered such as imaginary numbers, trigonometry, or logarithms.

2.Have students create their own movies about these concepts for a video presentation to the class.

3.The videos should be between 2 to 5 minutes and there are no limitations in terms of content. The video can summarize a lesson, creatively depict a lesson, or even show case acting skills illustrating a teacher or student learning about
the concept chosen.

4.Students can work in teams or alone to complete the task. Encourage the students to be creative, using their acting skills or
technological know-how to come up with an idea for their movie.
Great Math Lesson # 3: Distributive, Associative, and Commutative

Grade 9 – Grade 12

Learning about the distributive, associative, and commutative properties can be a tad boring, so here’s an activity that can make
learning about these properties a bit more fun.

Materials Needed:

Construction Paper
Double sided tape
Pre-Activity Set up:
-On construction paper create 30 different equations that illustrate the distributive, associative, and commutative properties.
-Also on construction paper create 3 placards that read ASSOCIATIVE, DISTRIBUTIVE, and COMMUTATIVE.

1. Divide the class into teams of two.
2. Have the class send up a representative from the first team (flip a coin to determine which team will go first).
3. Place three equations on the board that illustrate each of the three properties.
4. Have the team representative place the placard with the correct property under the correct equation. (This person can receive help from his teammates.)
5. The representative has two chances to match the correct property with the correct equation. If he or she does not answer correctly after the two chances, explain to the class what the right answer is and why and then move on to the next team with another set of equations.

Great Math Lesson #4 : Math Jeopardy/Math Prep

Grade 9 – Grade 12

Materials Needed: Construction Paper, Markers, and Double Sided Tape

Pre-Activity Setup:

On construction paper create 7  categories referring to math topics such algebra or basic mathematics. Also using construction paper, on one side write five math problems of different degrees of difficulty, and on the other side of the construction paper
write a numerical value for each problem that corresponds to the level of difficulty. For example, a problem that is of low difficulty should be assigned a numerical value such as $100, while a problem that is highly difficult should be assigned a numerical value of $500. Choose either a wall or blackboard in the classroom to affix the categories and math problems.


1.Divide the class into two teams and have the teams appoint a team captain.

2.Have the students flip a coin to decide which team goes first.

3.Allow the captain of the first team to choose a category and a numerical value accordingly.

4.Allow the team to discuss the answer among themselves, and then ask the team captain to give the correct answer.

5.If the wrong answer is given, the opposite team has the opportunity to compete for the same question
*Unlike Jeopardy, do not subtract points for wrong answers, just allow the next team to attempt to answer the question correctly.
Great Math Lesson #5: Create Your Own Lesson Plan

Grade 9 to Grade 12
Materials Needed: None


1.Explain to the students that they will create their own lesson plan. The lesson plan is to teach a basic skill to elementary students.

2.Each lesson plan should have the following sections: Title, Objective, Grade level, Materials Needed, Procedure (with a time breakdown) and an Assessment/Evaluation.

*Mention that the top five lesson plans will be incorporated into future classes at the elementary level. If your time permits, see if an elementary teacher would allow students to carry out the lesson plan in their class.


Great Math Lesson # 6: Create Your Own KEN KEN

Grade 9 to Grade 12
Materials Needed: None

1.Introduce the KENKEN game to the class by providing examples from the website.


2.After playing a few games ask the students to create their own 3X3 KENKEN puzzles for homework.

3.Have the students exchange KENKEN puzzles in class the next day.
Great Math Lesson # 7: Exponent BINGO
Grade 9 to Grade 12
Materials Needed: None

1. Create separate bingo sheets for each individual in your class being sure to fill in the squares with examples such as 3 to the
power of 3 (33) instead of individual numbers (such as 9).
2. Distribute the bingo sheets to the class and give them only 2 minutes to write in any answers.
3. Initiate the BINGO game immediately after the two minutes. B I N G O
Great Math Lesson # 8: Financial Reports Using Google/ Yahoo

Grade 9 to Grade 12

Materials Needed: None


1.In groups have the students prepare financial reports of a certain industry such as the restaurant industry, fast-food industry, or automobile industry. The information can be found on Yahoo! or Google Finance.

2.In each report have the students create charts depicting quarterly profits or total revenue for 5 to 10 of the industry’s top performers.

3.Have the students then present their industry findings to the class.

*To make the project more complicated students can create profit and loss graphs or track percentage differences between quarters.
Great Math Lesson # 9: Mad Gab for Math

Grade 9 to Grade 12
Materials: Note cards
1.As in the game Mad Gab on the back of note cards write words that sound similar to common mathematical equations, expressions, and terms. For example instead of writing two plus two equals four, write “tower plough too equator fore.”

2.Divide the class into two teams and have a representative from each team come up to read the words out loud.

3.The team will then attempt to guess the mathematical expression, phrase, or term.
Great Math Lesson # 10: Pythagorean Theorem

Grade 9 to Grade 12
Materials Needed: None

1.After a lesson on the Pythagorean Theorem, ask for students to create scenarios and research ideas regarding how the Pythagorean Theorem could be applied to real life scenarios.

2.Discuss the scenarios in class the next day, possibly drawing examples on the board to use as sample equations.
Great Math Lesson # 11: Facebook: Class Project

Grade 9 to Grade 12

Materials Needed: Access to the Internet

1.As a class, create a Facebook page that illustrates a mathematical concept appropriate for high school age students.

2.Embed videos or links into the page that leads to activities, tutorials or lessons about the concept.

3.Allow students to add information to the page such as tips, ideas, or more creative items such as poems or songs about the concept


Great Math Lesson # 12: Social Consciousness and Statistics

Grade 9 to Grade 12

Materials Needed:

Access to the internet, library, journal
articles, or other sources

1.Have students research a topic relevant to current societal issues such as HIV/AIDS, poverty, infant mortality rates in the Canada, or gender inequality to name a few.

2.Have them find relevant statistics relating to each issue, including trends, rates, and demographic information if possible.

3.Allow those interested to present their reports, especially highlighting how statistics can be used to raise awareness of contemporary problems.


Great Math Lesson # 13: I Like “Pi”

Grade 9 to Grade 12

Materials Needed:

Access to the internet and YouTube for free downloads of the “Story of Pi” or a requested copy from www.nasa.gov

1.Review the value of Pi and the different formulas that use it.

2.Play the “Story of Pi” video leaving time for questions at the end.

3.Ask students to write why Pi is essential to our understanding of math. What does it help us do?
Great Math Lesson # 14: FOIL Isn’t Just For Fencing

Grade 9 to Grade 12
Materials Needed: None

1.Have students write equations on the board and attempt to solve them without using the FOIL method.

2.Explain the FOIL method, step by step.

3.Next, have the students attempt to solve the same problems using the FOIL method to show how accuracy depends on the order of operations.
Great Math Lesson # 15: Trigonometry: Sine, Cosine, and Tangent
Grade 9 to Grade 12



1.Divide the class into three separate teams: sine, cosine, and tangent.

2.Tell each team to write equations that solve for their specific trigonometric function.

3.Place the equations in three separate stacks.

4.Have the opposing teams attempt to solve the equations.

5.The team that solves the most equations correctly wins.


Great Math Lesson # 16: SOHCATOA Fun

Grade 9 to Grade 12

Materials Needed: Note cards, stopwatch,
construction paper

1.Divide the class into two teams.

2.Affix three cards to a wall or board with the letters, S, C, and T.

3.Create diagrams that require solving for either sine, cosine, or tangent.

4.Have a student from the first team come to the board.

5.Give the student 5 diagrams and tell the student that she has 30 seconds to place the correct diagram under the corresponding
trigonometric function. For example, if the diagram depicts a hypotenuse and opposite angle then the student will place it under the S, for she’s solving for sine.


Great Math Lesson # 17: Twitter Stats
Grade 9 to Grade 12

Materials Needed: Computer,
Internet Access

1.Have students use the advanced search tool on the website twitter.com to track random information about people in their area. For example, students can decide to track how many “twitter” users have eaten a salad between February 6 -9, 2009 within 15 kms of Vancouver, BC

2. Encourage the students to be imaginative in their use of descriptors that should all have a common theme such as the number of twitter users that ate steak on Monday in Maple, Ontario.
3.The information gained can then be used to create graphs, calculate percentages, and to teach basic statistical concepts.
*Students do not need to have accounts on twitter to use the search option.

Great Math Lesson # 18: Jet Setters
Grade 9 to Grade 12
Materials Needed: None


1. Divide your class into groups of five.
2. Assign a present location such as Toronto, ON and a destination such as Las Vegas, Nevada to each group.
3. Ask students to find the quickest way to reach their destination based on their current location and method of
4. Have the students find out the distance between their two locations using MapQuest or Google Maps.
5. Tell them though that the mode of transportation will be set by you, the instructor. Further complicate matters by
including rest stops and breaks. For example, tell the students that they can take a train that goes 65 km/hr but
stops for an hour every other hour, or a bus that goes 60 km/hr but stops at a rest stop for two hours for every one
hour of travel.
6. Using the provided information have each group calculate how long using their mode of transportation will it
take to get them to their destination.

Great Math Lesson # 19: YouTube Face Off

Grade 9 to Grade 12

Materials Needed: iMovie,
Windows Movie Maker

1. Refer to Great Math Lesson #2: Math Stars.
2. Have the students vote for their favorite videos through in class secret ballots.
3. Place the videos created through the Math Stars activity on YouTube (allow students to decide if they
wish their work to be viewed on YouTube or not).
4. Encourage the class, teachers, and school officials to vote for their favorite video via the YouTube rating
5. Announce the top three winners in class the next day weighing both the online reviews and the class vote
* Keep in mind that YouTube is a public website so anyone with access to the site can rate videos

Great Math Lesson # 20: Create a deck of cards using Square Roots
Grade 9 to Grade12
Materials Needed: Note Cards

1. Have students bring in a stack of note cards.
2. Using the note cards, have the students create a deck of cards that require the user to use square
roots to determine the card value.
3. Encourage the students to also utilize multiplication and division of square roots in the mathematical expressions that they create.
4. Attempt to play a card game such as 21 for fun using the newly created cards.

Great Math Lesson # 21: Design your own Game of 24

Grade 9 to Grade 12

Materials Needed: Note cards

1. Introduce the Game 24 to students using either the real game or the online version.
2. After playing a few rounds with the students, tell them that it’s their turn to create a game of 24.
3. Make sure that the students double check their answers for errors, as their creations will be used to play a game of 24 at a later date.

Great Math Lesson # 22: Touch Down!


Grade 9 to Grade 12
Materials: Chalkboard


1. Create a football field on the board distinguishing each yard.
2. Divide the class into two teams.
3. Explain that solving four math problems correctly will lead to gaining 10 yards.
4. The first team to hit 100 yards will score a touch down.
*Other sports can be used instead of football, such as baseball. Also, feel free to add more football rules
to the game to heighten the drama!


Great Math Lesson # 23: Work It Out!
Grade 9 to Grade 12
Materials: Access to internet

1. Ask students to keep a food diary for three days.
2. Next have the students use an online tool such as caloriecounter.com to estimate the amount of
calories there are in the foods they eat.
3. Have students take an average of the amount of calories they consume in each meal, including
snacks, and drinks.
4. Next have students create a fitness diary.

5. Using a fitness tracker such as on the website sparkpeople.com, have the students figure out how
many calories they burn daily doing certain activities.
6. Have them then take an average of the amount of calories they burn doing certain activities.
7. Then have them calculate their calorie expenditures (working out) versus their calorie

Great Math Lesson # 24: Exploring a Future in Mathematics: College Choices and Career Paths


Grade 9 to Grade 12


Internet Access, US News and
World Report College edition,
Peterson’s college guide, etc.


1. Using Teacher Tube search for videos relating to careers in mathematics that can be
shown to 9 to 12 graders, a simple Google search should also yield results, but TeacherTube is a great resource for this and future projects.
2. Afterwards have the students’ research colleges and universities that are renowned for their math and statistics departments.

Great Math Lesson # 25: Are You Smarter Than an 6th,
7th, or 8th grader? Logarithms

Grade 9 to Grade 12
Materials: Calculator (if using more advanced



1. Invite a class of sixth graders or have representatives from a sixth grade math class participate in this activity.
2. Either individually or within groups answer questions relating to math that a sixth grader would know as a review of math skills that must be solidified prior to graduating from high school.
3. Follow the rules of the game show, have the sixth graders ready to add their input.

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