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Lesson Plans (25) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (1) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Interactives/Games (1) A learning object that requires a user's involvement.
Learning Activities (6) 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 (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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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 Mathematics (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: "Fantastic Fractions"
Description: The students will use sugar-free 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, GEMS-U Project.


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Subject: Mathematics (1 - 2)
Title: Souper Scooper
Description: This hands-on, 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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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Fraction Fun
Description: The students will participate in a hands-on 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, GEMS-U Project.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (1)
Title: I Want My Half- An Interactive Lesson Introducing Fractions
Description: 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 (2), or Mathematics (1 - 2)
Title: Understanding Fractions
Description: In this lesson the children will demonstrate parts of a whole using a candy bar (or fruit), and piece of paper. The activities are used as instructional plans to help students better understand shapes and parts of a shape up to a whole. It is an activity that would precede the lesson/unit taught on two-three dimensional shapes. 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: 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 - 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: 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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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: 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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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: 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: 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,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: Links Away     
Description: In this seven-lesson 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



ALEX Podcasts


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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.


Web Resources


Learning Activities


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Parts to a Whole
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Students use fruit to show how parts make a whole in this lesson.

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Equal Parts
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This lesson teaches students to divide a circle into pieces of equal size.

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Super Teacher Worksheets: Fractions
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This page lists ideas for teaching fractins. The activities include fractions with candy bars, M&Ms, tortillas, folded paper, and pies.

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Divide and Shade
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This is a lesson plan for students to learn to divide and shade 1/2, 1/3, and 1/4.

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



Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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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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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



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