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Lesson Plan

Algebra: Growing Rock Candy
Subject: Math
Grade span: 3 to 5
Duration: One week of observation followed by a one-hour lesson
This lesson was excerpted from the Afterschool Training Toolkit under the promising practice: Math Tools


This sample lesson is one example of how you can implement the Math Tools practice. In this activity, students will watch the growth of rock candy over a given length of time, describe the varying rate of change they observe, and graph these changes.

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Sample Table for Rock Candy Growth

Rock Candy Chart 1

Change is calculated by subtracting previous day's height from current day's height.

Using graph paper, allow students to use either bar or line graphs to represent the growth pattern of their rock candy. A bar graph illustrating the information above might be illustrated:

Rock Candy Chart 1

A line graph illustrating the growth of the rock candy:

Rock Candy Chart 1

A printable PDF version of this page is also available. (PDF)

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