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Lesson Plans (30) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Informational Materials (2) Textual information containing useful facts or information. Learning Activities (3) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
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demonstrations, and hands-on activities.
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Subject: Mathematics (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Twizzler Measurement
Description: Students will use technology, hands-on interaction, and active participation to compare and measure different heights of objects.


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Subject: Mathematics (K - 2)
Title: Why do we need measurement tools?
Description: This lesson will explore the need for standard measurement tools. It will engage the students and promote critical thinking and reasoning. This is a lead in lesson to conversions. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (K - 1)
Title: Making Measuring Meaningful!
Description: This activity helps students recognize that measuring tools can come in many different shapes and sizes. The student's will develop creative-thinking, math, and social skills as they use nontraditional and traditional measuring tools. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Science (2 - 3), or Social Studies (2)
Title: Seeds: How They Grow
Description: The students will be collecting, germinating and planting seeds to show the process of plant growth. The students will be recording the information in their science journal. In addition, the students will be observing the water cycle as the plants grow in the cups.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 - 2), or Science (2), or Social Studies (2)
Title: The Horizons of Soil in My Backyard
Description: Students will work in small groups to dig holes 1 meter deep. Students will work with measurements as they dig and measure. Students will observe the different types of soil and how the soil changes as they dig. Students will write and draw in their journals about the soil horizons. The need for soil as an important natural resource will be discussed. 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: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (1 - 2), or English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Are You a Square or a Rectangle?
Description: During a hands-on, inquiry approach lesson, students will discover the difference between standard and non-standard units of measure. 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: English Language Arts (K), or English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Science (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: What's Inside a Pumpkin?
Description: As part of a study on pumpkins, students will discover what's inside a pumpkin by observing a pumpkin, making individual booklets, and tasting baked pumpkin seeds.


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Subject: Mathematics (K - 2)
Title: Hop on Pop and Non-Standard measurement
Description: This lesson is a hands-on, cross-curricular lesson for exploring non-standard measurement. It utilizes children's literature, manipulatives, opportunities for writing, and small group collaborative learning. Students will meaningfully use vocabulary associated with measurement. This lesson could be used as part of a unit on the author, Dr. Seuss, or at any time during the school year in conjunction with the math program.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (K - 3)
Title: Glorious Sunflowers
Description: In this lesson students will identify, measure and graph seeds and other characteristics of sunflowers and write descriptive and narrative paragraphs about sunflowers.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Balancing     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students are encouraged to explore another model of subtraction--the balance. This model leads naturally to recording with equations. Students use actual and virtual pan balances in their explorations and record the modeled subtraction facts and the related addition facts in equation form.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Measuring with Our Foot     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students measure distances using an outline cutout of their own foot. This enables students to practice using nonstandard units and to compare the measurement totals using their feet and the teacher s foot (used in a previous lesson).
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Keeping in Balance     
Description: In this lesson for grades 1 and 2, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on patterns and relations that can be developed from the exploration of balance, mass, length of the mass arm, and the position of the fulcrum.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Measuring with Teacher's Foot     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students use nonstandard units to measure the distance between objects found in their classroom. They create a nonstandard unit by using an outline of the teacher s foot and cutting around it to use as a measurer. Students generate a list of four or five objects in the classroom from which they measure the distance to their workspace.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Representing Data     
Description: This unit of four lessons, from Illuminations, focuses on the application of mathematics to real-world situations. Students must deal with data to complete an organized chart for the purpose of transferring information to a graph or for generalizing a rule. The unit includes an individual activity for four different levels, 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Look at Those Leaves!     
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson has students observe, measure, and sort tree leaves. They examine leaves individually, in groups, and in relationship to the entire tree.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: The Area of Things...     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students have opportunities to recognize and use the attributes of length and area using nonstandard units. 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: Balancing Equations     
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, encourages students to explore another meaning for operations of subtraction, the balance. This meaning leads naturally to recording with equations. The students imitate the action of a pan balance and record the modeled subtraction facts in equation form.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: Magnificent Measurement     
Description: In this seven-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students build skills required for understanding the attributes of measurement as well as the units, systems, and processes of measurement. Students use objects, pictures, symbols and books. They engage in measurement activities involving length, volume, weight, area and time. They practice measuring using standard and nonstandard units.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: Ladybug Lengths     
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, captures students interests, provides an introduction to and practice with the measurable attributes of length, and assesses student knowledge. The experience focuses student attention on the attributes of length and gives students the opportunity to develop knowledge of and skills in using nonstandard units of measurement. 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,Social Studies
Title: Learning to Measure with Ladybug     
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, focuses on geometric concepts, location, navigation, direction, spatial relationships and measurement concepts, using nonstandard units to measure a distance, and the iteration of units. Students practice measuring with multiple units and a single unit, following methods modeled by the teacher.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Estimation and Measurement     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students are introduced to the concept of units of measurement. Students first measure with the idea of units in mind and are then challenged to consider why it is important to have standardized units of measurement. Then they measure with standardized units and compare results with one another.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Calculating Patterns     
Description: In this eight lesson unit, from Illuminations, students represent patterns in different ways. They solve problems; make, explain, and defend conjectures; make generalizations; and extend and clarify their knowledge.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics,Science
Title: How Big Is Your Heart?     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore the size of their hearts. They do this by measuring the length, width, and circumference of their fists and relating this to the size of their hearts.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics,Science
Title: Plastic Packaging     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students investigate data in connection with recyclable materials and develop plans to help the environment. Students gather and graph data about plastic packaging and recycling and then interpret the graph to assist in developing a recycling plan.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Skin Weight     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students work with data to complete an organized chart for the purpose of transferring information to a graph or for the purpose of generalizing a rule.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Ahoy, Matey! Set Sail with Nonstandard Measurement!
Digital Tool: PBS Kids Music Video
Digital Tool Description: This short video clip introduces the concept of nonstandard measurement in a pirate-themed song.  The video is approximately one minute in length.


Web Resources


Lesson Plans


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Soups On!
http://www.learnnc.o...
This lesson integrates children's literature and math. The students will listen to "Stone Soup" by Marcia Brown and bring items from home to make "First Grade Soup." The children will use the items to create a graph and share information about their graphs.

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Let's Measure
http://ims.ode.state...
"Part Four - Measuring Volume" of this several part lesson series teaches students to measure using non-customary units (water, sand, cups, buckets).

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Measuring in Inches
http://www.lessonpla...
This lesson teaches students to measure objects to the nearest inch using a ruler.

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Comparing Weight: Lighter or Heavier
http://school.family...
The purpose of this lesson plan is for students to compare light and heavy and use the terms lighter, heavier, lighter than, and heavier than.

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Illuminations: Magnificent Measurement
http://illuminations...
This Illuminations lesson introduces and provides practice with the measurable attributes of weight.

Informational Materials


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Teach Your Child How to Use a Ruler
http://www.teachkids...
This page tells parents and teachers how to teach kids to compare and contrast in measurable terms.

Learning Activities


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Soups On!
http://www.learnnc.o...
This lesson integrates children's literature and math. The students will listen to "Stone Soup" by Marcia Brown and bring items from home to make "First Grade Soup." The children will use the items to create a graph and share information about their graphs.

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Inches and Feet
http://www.brainpopj...
You will find a variety of information on this page related to customary and nonstandard units of measurement.

Thinkfinity Informational Materials


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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Measurement Web Links     
Description: This collection of Web links, reviewed and presented by Illuminations, offers teachers and students information about and practice in concepts related to measurement. Users can read the Illuminations Editorial Board's review of each Web site, or choose to link directly to the sites.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Pan Balance -- Shapes     
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, provides an interesting environment in which students can consider the concept of equivalence. The interactive pan balance uses multiple shapes with different values, allowing students to investigate what happens as different shapes are placed on the balance.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



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