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Lesson Plans (33) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (2) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Interactives/Games (4) A learning object that requires a user's involvement.
Learning Activities (14) 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, 
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Subject: Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Stop, Look, and Find Shapes in Our School and Community!
Description: This is a project-based lesson that provides many hands-on opportunities for students to learn about shapes in their environment. Students are challenged to find shapes in our world using everyday technology. Students review the characteristics of basic shapes such as squares, triangles, circles, etc. They will then learn how to use digital cameras to capture shapes in the environment and will create a digital book of their photos.


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Subject: Mathematics (K)
Title: A Scents-able Solution
Description: Students will use a variety of math operations to create a flower bouquet within a budget. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.


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Subject: Mathematics (K - 2)
Title: Shape Makers
Description: In this Five E’s AMSTI lesson, students discover relationships between shapes. Students discover multiple ways to combine shapes to fill the area of a given shape using real and virtual pattern blocks, and share their solutions with peers. Children create puzzles for a partner and play an online game to reinforce their learning. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.


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Subject: Mathematics (K - 2)
Title: Share and Share Alike (Equal Parts)
Description: This Five E’s AMSTI lesson plan equips students to divide an object into equal parts. A story and interactive whiteboard activity about sharing food demonstrate the idea of equal halves of circles, after which students attempt to half squares and rectangles, and explain their findings to the group.  Finally, children divide paper and electronic pizzas into 3 and 4 equal parts. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: "Shape Up or Ship Out"
Description: In this activity, students will identify shapes that architects use to build houses. Students will then explore these shapes by building a model "dream" home.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: Character Education (K - 12), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Searching Solid Shapes
Description: Students will identify solid shapes and work in groups to search for solid shapes (sphere, cylinder, cube, and cone) that have been hidden on the playground. They will create a photostory about their shape to be displayed on the class's webpage.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 (1), or Mathematics (K - 2)
Title: Guess My Shape
Description: The students will make the connection between 2-D and 3-D shapes using modeling clay and geometric solids and participate in an interactive web lesson. Students will make predictions about what 2-D shape they think will be made when they press 3-D solids into modeling clay. They will then check their predictions. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: The Shape of Things!
Description: With this lesson, students will recognize and use the 4 basic shapes to create objects that they find in their enviornment.  The students will then use their "shape creation" and recreate it on the computer.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 (K), or Mathematics (K - 2)
Title: What Can Shapes Be....
Description: This is a hands-on lesson that will help students explore shapes in their environment. Students will work in diverse groups to complete this activity. Students will make a class book of their findings.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: Mathematics (K - 4), or Science (4)
Title: Geometric Shadows
Description: Students will identify objects as translucent, transparent, or opaque. Upon seeing the shadow of the opaque object, students will identify the geometric figure created by the shadow.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: Arts Education (2), or English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (K - 2)
Title: "Triangles and Things"
Description: The Greedy Triangle, a Marilyn Burns book, will assist students in determining the simple relationships among polygons. With a wish, the Greedy Triangle is transformed into various polygons. With the addition of a side and an angle, students will be able to determine the difference among triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, and hexagon. 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)
Title: Connecting With Coordinates
Description: This lesson will allow students to practice plotting points on a grid. Students will have an opportunity to play a coordinate game. This lesson is hands-on and allows for cooperative learning.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 (K), or Mathematics (K - 4)
Title: Twisted Tangrams
Description: In this lesson students will use a hands-on approach to problem solving. They will construct and manipulate tangrams to recreate animals from a story. 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), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Geometric Shapes
Description: During this lesson, students will explore shapes and become aware of shapes all around them. They will search for shapes in a variety of places and explore shapes on the Internet.


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Subject: Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Shapes in the Classroom
Description: This lesson will teach students to identify solid figures found in the classroom and in magazines. Students will also learn more about solid figures using the Internet.


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Subject: 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: Arts Education (K), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Tantalizing Tangrams
Description: This is an introductory lesson using tangrams. Students will observe the seven geometric shapes that make up the tangram in a variety of ways that exhibit spatial relationships. They will have hands-on experiences using these tangrams to create new shapes. Finally, they will try to make the seven shapes form a square.


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Subject: Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Getting Into "Shape"
Description: Through observation and hands on activity, students identify plane shapes that make up geometric solids (space shapes).


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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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: Helping Ladybug Hide with Arrows and Angles     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students use a Java applet to hide a ladybug under a leaf. This requires experimentation, planning, and understanding of spatial relationships and visual memory.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Geoboards     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students identify and recognize triangles using multiple representations, locate triangles in their environment, and construct triangles. Students use geoboards to explore the characteristics of triangles.
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
Title: Shape Hunt     
Description: The purpose of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is to give students opportunities to recognize, describe, build, and explore shapes in many different contexts. In this investigation, students look for examples of patterns and shapes in both the natural and designed world.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Macaroni Math     
Description: In this seven-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students use pasta shapes to explore '' take away'' subtraction in several different contexts (counting, sets, number line, balanced equations and inverse of addition). They also decompose numbers and explore both the zero property and the relationship between addition and subtraction.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Making Rectangles     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students use their knowledge of numbers, measurement, and geometry to plan the steps necessary to draw rectangles of different sizes. As they experiment, students begin to understand the relationship between the shape of a rectangle and the lengths of its sides. They also develop a sense of the amount of turn in a right angle.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics,Social Studies
Title: Going Places     
Description: This unit of seven lessons, from Illuminations, engages students in activities that use measurement and geometry. Students investigate various areas and objects they see each day to apply ideas of navigating in space and understanding the relationships among these various elements.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Three Sides     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students identify and recognize triangles using multiple representations. Students use attribute-blocks and engage in several activities while exploring the characteristics of triangles.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Going on a Shape Hunt: Integrating Math and Literacy     
Description: Students participate in a scavenger hunt for shapes; reading, writing, and discussion of shapes encourage literacy and math skills.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Investigating Shapes     
Description: In this five-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students identify characteristics of triangles, manipulate electronic geoboards to construct triangles, and name the triangles relative locations. In addition, through music and observation, students identify triangles in their environment. These lessons are especially appropriate for students in prekindergarten and kindergarten.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Teaching Shapes Using Read-Alouds, Visualization, and Sketch to Stretch     
Description: Visual clues in winter-themed books used in this lesson encourage students to make real-world math connections.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: Shapes Art     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on connections between mathematics and children s literature. They listen to the poem Shapes from Shel Silverstein s A Light in the Attic and then recognize, draw, and describe geometric figures.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Let's Learn Shapes!
Digital Tool: Doodle Pad
Digital Tool Description: Doodle Pad is an App that can be used for story-telling or explaining a topic to others by recording your voice while drawing the object you are discussing.  Students will use this App on the iPad in order to draw different shapes while explaining what each shape is and how many sides each shape has. 


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Title: Shapes All Around Us
Digital Tool: Stop, Look, and Find Shapes In Our Environment ALEX Podcast
Digital Tool Description: This podcast gives students a preview of shapes in their environment. Students explore their school to find shapes in their everyday environment. The video will be used as an introduction to teach students to identify and name shapes in the environment.


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Title: The Shapes Song
Digital Tool: The Shapes Song
Digital Tool Description: This song was written and performed by A.J. Jenkins. Video by KidsTV123. The video is 00:01:48 in length. The video is concise and entertaining way to introduce students to basic geometric shapes.  This learning asset would be a great instructional strategy to use in the following published ALEX lesson plans: Geometric Shapes - #15208 The Shape of Things! - # 26224


ALEX Podcasts


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Shapes
Overview:
Students created a podcast/imovie to teach basic shapes to Kindergarten. They go over shapes and examples of shapes. There is also time for the students to orally participate. There is a quiz at the end of the video.


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Traveling Numbers
Overview:
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


Lesson Plans


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Am I a Circle, Square, Triangle, or Rectangle?
http://school.family...
This is a lesson plan for teaching students to identify circles, squares, triangles, and rectangles and to be able to talk about shapes.

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Education World - Circles, Squares, Triangles and Rectangles
http://www.education...
This web site contains a variety of activities for teaching students about shapes.

Interactives/Games


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IXL Math - Identify Circles, Squares, and Triangles
http://www.ixl.com/m...
This page asks students to select a circle, square, or triangle.

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Polygon or Not?
http://www.math-play...
Polygon or Not is a fun interactive game that requires the player to quickly categorize shapes as either a polygon or not.

Learning Activities


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Shape Worksheets
http://www.tlsbooks....
This page offers a number of shape worksheets. Many of the shape worksheets incorporate color recognition, fine motor skills, numbers, and concepts such as large and small.

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Story of Shapes
http://www.storyplac...
Short animation describing a square, a triangle, a circle, and a star.

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Shapes
http://www.hubbardsc...
This page has several ideas for teaching shapes.

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Circle, Triangle, Rectangle, Square...
http://www.fldoe.org...
This lesson reinforces the idea of shapes in the environment by asking students to use two-dimensional shapes (e.g., circle, triangle, square, rectangle, oval) to create a picture.

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The Shape of Things
http://www.mathsolut...
This lesson is designed to help children see how a few simple shapes make up many of things we have in the world. It includes activities to give students experience with identifying and naming shapes.

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IXL Math - Identify Circles, Squares, and Triangles
http://www.ixl.com/m...
This page asks students to select a circle, square, or triangle.

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Shapes
http://www.abcteach....
This page contains a pdf of geomertic shapes in bold color.

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Do2Learn: Shapes
http://www.do2learn....
This site provides multiple ideas with printable activities to teach basic shapes.

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Rotational Symmetry
http://mathforum.org...
Students demonstrate rotational symmetry using pattern blocks.

Thinkfinity Interactive Games


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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Developing Geometry Understandings and Spatial Skills through Puzzlelike Problems with Tangrams     
Description: Describing figures and visualizing what they look like when they are transformed through rotations or flips or are put together or taken apart in different ways are important aspects of geometry in the lower grades. This two-part tangram example from Illuminations demonstrates the potential for high-quality experiences provided by computer 'shape' environments for students as they learn concepts described in the Geometry Standard. Problem-solving tasks that involve physical manipulatives as well as virtual manipulatives afford many students an entry into mathematics that they might not otherwise experience.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Learning Geometry and Measurement Concepts by Creating Paths and Navigating Mazes: Hiding Ladybug     
Description: This stand-alone applet is part of the Illuminations lesson titled '' Helping Ladybug Hide with Arrows and Angles.'' In the lesson, students use this applet to hide a ladybug under a leaf.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Investigating the Concept of Triangle and Properties of Polygons: Creating Polygons     
Description:
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Patch Tool     
Description: This student interactive from Illuminations allows students to create patches like those used in quilting. Triangles, squares, parallelograms, and other shapes are available.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Geometric Solids     
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to explore various geometric solids and their properties. Students can virtually manipulate and color each solid to investigate properties such as the number of faces, edges, and vertices. Students can explore tetrahedrons, cubes, octahedrons, dodecahedrons, icosahedrons, and irregular polyhedrons.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Dynamic Paper Tool     
Description: Create customized activity sheets for your classroom! Nets of 3-D shapes, tessellations, coordinate graphs, and more - all based on your input.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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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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