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Title: Stop, Look, and Find Shapes in Our School and Community!
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This is a projectbased lesson that provides many handson 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.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 26: Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares; describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc.; and describe the whole as two halves, three thirds, or four fourths. Recognize that equal shares of identical wholes need not have the same shape. [2G3]
Subject: Mathematics (K  2), or Technology Education (K  2)
Title: Stop, Look, and Find Shapes in Our School and Community!
Description: This is a projectbased lesson that provides many handson 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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Title: Fraction Find!
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Students will explore fractions through an interactive website. They will apply this knowledge while finding shapes with equivalent fractions.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (3) 15: Explain equivalence of fractions in special cases, and compare fractions by reasoning about their size. [3NF3]
Subject: Mathematics (1  3), or Technology Education (K  2)
Title: Fraction Find!
Description: Students will explore fractions through an interactive website. They will apply this knowledge while finding shapes with equivalent fractions.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
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Title: Shape Makers
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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.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 26: Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares; describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc.; and describe the whole as two halves, three thirds, or four fourths. Recognize that equal shares of identical wholes need not have the same shape. [2G3]
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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Title: Share and Share Alike (Equal Parts)
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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.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (0) 18: Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size. [KG2]
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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Title: "Fantastic Fractions"
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The students will use sugarfree Gummy bears to identify fractional parts of the whole. The students will create a graph using the information obtain.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU Project.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 26: Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares; describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc.; and describe the whole as two halves, three thirds, or four fourths. Recognize that equal shares of identical wholes need not have the same shape. [2G3]
Subject: Character Education (K  12), or Mathematics (1  2), or Technology Education (K  2)
Title: "Fantastic Fractions"
Description: The students will use sugarfree Gummy bears to identify fractional parts of the whole. The students will create a graph using the information obtain.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU Project.
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Title: Souper Scooper
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This handson, inquiry based lesson is an extension of the AMSTI Science Module, Solids and Liquids. Students use nonstandard units to measure beans in a soup mix. Students predict how many beans will be in a scoop. Students group beans by ones, tens and hundreds and complete a chart of their work.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 7: Read and write numbers to 1000 using baseten numerals, number names, and expanded form. [2NBT3]
Subject: Mathematics (1  2)
Title: Souper Scooper
Description: This handson, inquiry based lesson is an extension of the AMSTI Science Module, Solids and Liquids. Students use nonstandard units to measure beans in a soup mix. Students predict how many beans will be in a scoop. Students group beans by ones, tens and hundreds and complete a chart of their work.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
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Title: Fraction Fun
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The students will participate in a handson lesson about dividing a whole object into parts. They will also practice simple addition.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU Project.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (1) 21: Partition circles and rectangles into two and four equal shares; describe the shares using the words halves, fourths, and quarters; and use the phrases half of, fourth of, and quarter of. Describe the whole as two of, or four of the shares. Understand for these examples that decomposing into more equal shares creates smaller shares. [1G3]
Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (1), or Technology Education (K  2)
Title: Fraction Fun
Description: The students will participate in a handson lesson about dividing a whole object into parts. They will also practice simple addition.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU Project.
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Title: I Want My Half An Interactive Lesson Introducing Fractions
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In this lesson, the children will identify parts of a whole using modeling clay, participate in an interactive web lesson, participate in an interactive web game, and construct a fraction poster. The activities are used as instructional plans to help students better understand shapes and parts of a shape up to a whole.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (1)
Title: I Want My Half An Interactive Lesson Introducing Fractions
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In this lesson, the children will identify parts of a whole using modeling clay, participate in an interactive web lesson, participate in an interactive web game, and construct a fraction poster. The activities are used as instructional plans to help students better understand shapes and parts of a shape up to a whole.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
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Title: Fortune Cookie Verbs
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During this lesson students have the opportunity to create fortune cookies and identify the verbs in the fortunes.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 26: Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares; describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc.; and describe the whole as two halves, three thirds, or four fourths. Recognize that equal shares of identical wholes need not have the same shape. [2G3]
Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (1  2), or Technology Education (K  2)
Title: Fortune Cookie Verbs
Description: During this lesson students have the opportunity to create fortune cookies and identify the verbs in the fortunes.
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Title: Congruent Figures
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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 handson activities, including sorting shapes, using their bodies to form congruent shapes, and using activities on the Internet to practice forming congruent shapes.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 26: Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares; describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc.; and describe the whole as two halves, three thirds, or four fourths. Recognize that equal shares of identical wholes need not have the same shape. [2G3]
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 handson 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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Title: Shapes in the Classroom
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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.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 26: Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares; describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc.; and describe the whole as two halves, three thirds, or four fourths. Recognize that equal shares of identical wholes need not have the same shape. [2G3]
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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Title: Lucky Charms Graphs
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This culminating lesson will use Lucky Charms cereal for review of sorting, counting, tally marks, and graphing. This is a fun and tasty way for students to learn about math.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 26: Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares; describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc.; and describe the whole as two halves, three thirds, or four fourths. Recognize that equal shares of identical wholes need not have the same shape. [2G3]
Subject: Mathematics (K  2), or Technology Education (K  2)
Title: Lucky Charms Graphs
Description: This culminating lesson will use Lucky Charms cereal for review of sorting, counting, tally marks, and graphing. This is a fun and tasty way for students to learn about math.
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Title: Tantalizing Tangrams
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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 handson experiences using these tangrams to create new shapes. Finally, they will try to make the seven shapes form a square.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 26: Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares; describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc.; and describe the whole as two halves, three thirds, or four fourths. Recognize that equal shares of identical wholes need not have the same shape. [2G3]
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 handson experiences using these tangrams to create new shapes. Finally, they will try to make the seven shapes form a square.
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Title: Getting Into "Shape"
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Through observation and hands on activity, students identify plane shapes that make up geometric solids (space shapes).
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 26: Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares; describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc.; and describe the whole as two halves, three thirds, or four fourths. Recognize that equal shares of identical wholes need not have the same shape. [2G3]
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).
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Title: Helping Ladybug Hide with Arrows and Angles
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In this lesson, one of a multipart 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.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (1) 21: Partition circles and rectangles into two and four equal shares; describe the shares using the words halves, fourths, and quarters; and use the phrases half of, fourth of, and quarter of. Describe the whole as two of, or four of the shares. Understand for these examples that decomposing into more equal shares creates smaller shares. [1G3]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Helping Ladybug Hide with Arrows and Angles
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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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Title: Geoboards
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In this lesson, one of a multipart 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.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 26: Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares; describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc.; and describe the whole as two halves, three thirds, or four fourths. Recognize that equal shares of identical wholes need not have the same shape. [2G3]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Geoboards
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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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Title: How Big Is Your Heart?
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In this lesson, one of a multipart 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.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 26: Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares; describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc.; and describe the whole as two halves, three thirds, or four fourths. Recognize that equal shares of identical wholes need not have the same shape. [2G3]
Subject: Mathematics,Science Title: How Big Is Your Heart?
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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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Title: Macaroni Math
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In this sevenlesson 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.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (1) 21: Partition circles and rectangles into two and four equal shares; describe the shares using the words halves, fourths, and quarters; and use the phrases half of, fourth of, and quarter of. Describe the whole as two of, or four of the shares. Understand for these examples that decomposing into more equal shares creates smaller shares. [1G3]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Macaroni Math
Description: In this sevenlesson 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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Title: Going Places
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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.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (1) 21: Partition circles and rectangles into two and four equal shares; describe the shares using the words halves, fourths, and quarters; and use the phrases half of, fourth of, and quarter of. Describe the whole as two of, or four of the shares. Understand for these examples that decomposing into more equal shares creates smaller shares. [1G3]
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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Title: Links Away
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In this sevenlesson unit, from Illuminations, students explore the five models of subtraction (counting, sets, number line, balanced equations and inverse of addition) using links. They also learn that the order property does not hold for subtraction and explore the relation between addition and subtraction. Students also write story problems in which subtraction is required and begin to memorize the subtraction facts.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 26: Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares; describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc.; and describe the whole as two halves, three thirds, or four fourths. Recognize that equal shares of identical wholes need not have the same shape. [2G3]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Links Away
Description: In this sevenlesson unit, from Illuminations, students explore the five models of subtraction (counting, sets, number line, balanced equations and inverse of addition) using links. They also learn that the order property does not hold for subtraction and explore the relation between addition and subtraction. Students also write story problems in which subtraction is required and begin to memorize the subtraction facts. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
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Title: 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. Standard(s):
[MA2015] (1) 21: Partition circles and rectangles into two and four equal shares; describe the shares using the words halves, fourths, and quarters; and use the phrases half of, fourth of, and quarter of. Describe the whole as two of, or four of the shares. Understand for these examples that decomposing into more equal shares creates smaller shares. [1G3]
The Great Bear Race Overview: 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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Title: Developing Geometry Understandings and Spatial Skills through Puzzlelike Problems with Tangrams
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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 twopart tangram example from Illuminations demonstrates the potential for highquality experiences provided by computer 'shape' environments for students as they learn concepts described in the Geometry Standard. Problemsolving tasks that involve physical manipulatives as well as virtual manipulatives afford many students an entry into mathematics that they might not otherwise experience.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 26: Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares; describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc.; and describe the whole as two halves, three thirds, or four fourths. Recognize that equal shares of identical wholes need not have the same shape. [2G3]
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 twopart tangram example from Illuminations demonstrates the potential for highquality experiences provided by computer 'shape' environments for students as they learn concepts described in the Geometry Standard. Problemsolving 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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Title: Shape Cutter
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This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to explore how they can decompose shapes and recompose them to make other shapes. Students draw and cut shapes, and also use slides, turns, and flips to move the cut pieces around.
Standard(s): [MA2015] GEO (912) 5: Given a geometric figure and a rotation, reflection, or translation, draw the transformed figure using, e.g., graph paper, tracing paper, or geometry software. Specify a sequence of transformations that will carry a given figure onto another. [GCO5]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Shape Cutter
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to explore how they can decompose shapes and recompose them to make other shapes. Students draw and cut shapes, and also use slides, turns, and flips to move the cut pieces around. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
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Title: Concentration
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This student interactive from Illuminations allows students to play the classic game of Concentration by themselves or against a friend. The interactive can be used to review numbers, shapes, multiplication facts, fractions, decimals, and percents.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (4) 23: Recognize angles as geometric shapes that are formed wherever two rays share a common endpoint, and understand concepts of angle measurement. [4MD5]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Concentration
Description: This student interactive from Illuminations allows students to play the classic game of Concentration by themselves or against a friend. The interactive can be used to review numbers, shapes, multiplication facts, fractions, decimals, and percents. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5

