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Lesson Plans (17) 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 (3) A learning object that requires a user's involvement.
Learning Activities (2) 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.


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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: 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: 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: Character Education (K - 12), 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: 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: Congruent Figures
Description: This lesson is an introduction to a unit about congruent shapes. Students will begin by listening to a book about shapes. They will then complete several hands-on activities, including sorting shapes, using their bodies to form congruent shapes, and using activities on the Internet to practice forming congruent shapes.


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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.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Creating, Describing, and Analyzing Patterns     
Description: In this four-lesson unit from Illuminations, students develop their understanding and use of patterns as they analyze relationships and make predictions. Students use interactive math applets to learn about repeating and growing patterns.
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: Ladybug Mazes     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students plan a series of moves that navigate a ladybug through a maze. Their plans turn the ladybug at the appropriate corners and keep it on a path without crossing the walls. This activity helps students gain experience in estimating length and angle measures.
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: 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: 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



ALEX Podcasts


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Stop, Look, and Find Shapes In Our Environment
Overview:
This podcast gives students a preview of shapes in their environment. Students explore their school to find shapes in their everyday environment while using digital cameras to take pictures of their findings.


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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.


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



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Investigating the Concept of Triangle and the Properties of Polygons: Making Triangles     
Description: This two-part example from Illuminations describes activities using interactive geoboards to help students identify simple geometric shapes, describe their properties, and develop spatial sense. This first part, Making Triangles, focuses attention on the concept of triangle, helping students understand the mathematical meaning of a triangle and the idea of congruence, or sameness, in geometry. In the next part, Creating Polygons, students make and compare a variety of polygons, describing the salient properties of the shapes they create. e-Math Investigations are selected e-examples from the electronic version of the Principles and Standards of School Mathematics (PSSM). The e-examples are part of the electronic version of the PSSM document.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,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: 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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