Lesson Plans

Below are lesson plans to solve a variety of problems (including TED-Ed Riddles) using Python code in Jupyter notebooks. For each problem, there are three resources:

  • Teacher lesson plan (how to introduce and teach the problem)
  • Teacher Jupyter notebook (including instructions)
  • Student Jupyter notebook
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Amphibians and Algorithms

Suggest grade levels: 4-8

There are a group of frogs hanging out on a log. Students need to figure out to move one group of frogs on the left-hand side of the log, and another group to the right-hand side of the log.

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Introduction to Data Science with COVID-19

Suggested grade levels: 5-12

Using online data about the COVID-19 pandemic to learn about data manipulation and create graphs and other visualizations.

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Escape Zombies with Patterns

Suggested grade levels: 7-9

Students need to use patterns to help four characters escape a zombie attack. The escape route is a rickety bridge that can only support two people at a time. The zombies arrive in 17 minutes.

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Decoding coins

Suggested grade levels: 8-10

There are 21 coins on a table; the student who takes the last coin wins. No one can skip a turn and students can only take a two coins per turn.

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Calendars and Code

Suggested grade levels: 8-10

In this problem, students determine which day of week their birthday falls on for the current year. Students need to use multiple numbers and patterns to solve the problem.

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Simulating Games with Randomness – Unfair Dice

Suggested grade levels: 9-12

Two players competing for the same resources. Game seems rigged. Students explore a live simulation of the game, to calculate how to balance the game for everyone involved. This lesson plan also comes with a hands-on version.

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Modelling the COVID-19 Outbreak in Canada

Suggested grade levels: 9-12

Students will learn how to use mathematics to explore a model of the COVID-19 outbreak in Canada. From there, they’ll compare the model against data from COVID-19 confirmed cases in Canada using graphs.