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Lesson Plans (17) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (4) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (1) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Learning Activities (1) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
and/or acquire a skill.  Examples include, but are not limited to, online tutorials, experiments, 
demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Teacher Tools (1) An extensive set of online resource tools teachers can use to enhance student learning or increase teacher productivity often useful across grade levels and/or subject areas (Aligned to professional learning standards instead of content standards).


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Subject: Mathematics (K - 2)
Title: "Bursting with Math"
Description: Using "Starburst" jelly beans to sort, graph and add.


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Subject: Mathematics (K)
Title: Is Your Order Up or Down?
Description: The students will be afforded opportunities to actively explore ordering numbers (from least to greatest and greatest to least). The students will engage in a whole group and cooperative learning group setting to explore ordering whole numbers. Students will also explore interactive web activities in an effort to enhance their understanding of ordering whole numbers.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Mathematics (K)
Title: Counting Backward from Ten
Description: Students will be introduced in this lesson to the concept of orally counting backward from ten using a book, number cards, and the Internet.


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Subject: Mathematics (K)
Title: Fishy Addition!
Description: In this lesson, students will use manipulatives to act out and solve simple addition problems.


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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Recording Two Ways     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students make sets of pasta shapes, count some away, and then record the subtraction in vertical and horizontal formats. They draw a set and cross out some shapes; then, they write in both formats the subtraction that the drawing represents.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Building Sets of Eight     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore the number 8. They make and decompose sets of eight, write the numeral 8, and compare sets of up to eight objects.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Building Numbers to Five     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students make groups of zero to five objects, connect number names to the groups, compose and decompose numbers, and use numerals to record the size of a group. Visual, auditory, and kinesthetic activities are used to help students begin to acquire a sense of number.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Create a House Number: Grades 1-2     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students look for all the possible solution sets for a mathematics problem involving a three-digit house number. They experiment with numbers to find all possible ways to add three different digits to obtain the given sum of six and explore the ways three digits can be placed together to form different three-digit numbers.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: Comparing Sets     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, a children s book sets the stage for encouraging students to review counting back. Students write subtraction problems and model them with cubes. They then compare sets and record differences in the form of a table. The additive identity is reviewed in the context of comparing equal sets. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Building Sets of Ten     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore sets of up to 10 items and practice writing the numbers 0 through 10. Students count back from 10, identify sets of up to 10 objects, and record 10 on a chart. They also construct and decompose sets of up to 10 items. This lesson provides opportunities for reasoning and communication.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Further Investigating Greater Than, Less Than, and Equal To     
Description: Students build upon their understanding of greater than, less than, and equal to by observing quantity and making comparison using varied instructional materials. The fish cut-out, with its mouth open, represents the greater than or less than symbol; the clam cut-out represents the equal to symbol. Using fish lips as a transition point, children will apply their understanding of greater, less, and equal to the standard symbols as the teacher introduces symbolic notation at an developmentally appropriate level.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Let's Count to 10     
Description: In this eight-lesson unit from Illuminations, students make groups of zero to ten objects, connect number names to the groups, compose and decompose numbers, and use numerals to record the size of a group. Visual, auditory, and kinesthetic activities are included in each lesson. The unit is most appropriate for students learning at the kindergarten and grade one levels.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Let's Count to 5     
Description: In this seven-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students make groups of zero through five objects and connect number words to the groups. They use numerals to record the size of a group. Familiar nursery rhymes and songs and visual, auditory and kinesthetic activities are included in each lesson. The unit is most appropriate for students learning at the prekindergarten and kindergarten levels.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Multiple Patterns     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore patterns that involve doubling. They use objects and numbers in their exploration and record them using a table.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Building Sets of 17 and 18     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore sets of up to18. They construct sets up to 18, write the numerals 17 and 18, and model 17 and 18 with bean sticks, cubes, and ten frames.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Health,Mathematics
Title: Pyramid Power     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students make sets of a given number, explore relationships between numbers, and write numbers that enumerate how many elements are in a group. They make and record sets of one more and one less than a given number. They have the opportunity to apply their reasoning and communication skills in this lesson.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Begin with Buttons: Looking Back and Moving Forward     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students review the work of the previous lessons through a variety of activity stations, one of which involves using an interactive Web site. Students model with buttons and record addition and subtraction.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



ALEX Podcasts


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The Game of Compare
Overview:
This activity is like the card game WAR.   The students turn over cards and compare the numbers on the cards.  The student with the larger number retrieves the cards.  If the same number is turned over, the students turn over another card and compare the new numbers to decide who get the cards.


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The Great Bear Race
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Racing Bears is a counting game.  The math focus points are counting spaces and moving on a gameboard and thinking strategically about the moves on a gameboard.


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Calendar Math
Overview:
In this podcast our class will demonstrate how we use calendar math each day. We discussed the days of the week. We graphed the daily, monthly and yearly weather. We used the 100's chart to practice skip counting and even and odd numbers. We used straws to count the days of school, grouping ones, tens and one hundreds.


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Traveling Numbers
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This podcast shows the various places numbers can be found when traveling.  It also shows the shapes that can be found in traffic signs.


Web Resources


Informational Materials


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Know Your Numbers in a Flash
http://www.apples4th...
This website creates flashcards or allows teachers to create their own flashcards to assist students in number recognition and illustrations for one-to-one correspondence.

Teacher Tools


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Know Your Numbers in a Flash
http://www.apples4th...
This website creates flashcards or allows teachers to create their own flashcards to assist students in number recognition and illustrations for one-to-one correspondence.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Illuminations Activities     
Description: This Web page, from Illuminations, allows users to access all of Illuminations' online, interactive activities. The activities span the grades and encompass all areas of mathematics.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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