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Title: Time After Time: How Can We Use Timelines to Reconstruct the Past? Part 2
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The lesson will focus on observing and creating timelines. Teacher will show students example timelines. Students will state things that they notice from the sample timelines. Teacher will read American Symbols: The Lincoln Memorial by Terri DeGezelle. Teacher and students will work together to create a timeline based on American Symbols: The Lincoln Memorial by Terri DeGezelle. Finally, students will break into groups and work to create a timeline with other American Symbols books.
This unit was created as part of the ALEX Interdisciplinary Resource Development Summit.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (2) 12: Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text. [RI.2.3]
Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (2), or Social Studies (2)
Title: Time After Time: How Can We Use Timelines to Reconstruct the Past? Part 2
Description: The lesson will focus on observing and creating timelines. Teacher will show students example timelines. Students will state things that they notice from the sample timelines. Teacher will read American Symbols: The Lincoln Memorial by Terri DeGezelle. Teacher and students will work together to create a timeline based on American Symbols: The Lincoln Memorial by Terri DeGezelle. Finally, students will break into groups and work to create a timeline with other American Symbols books.
This unit was created as part of the ALEX Interdisciplinary Resource Development Summit.
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Title: Time After Time: How Can We Use Timelines to Reconstruct the Past? Part 4
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This lesson will focus on creating timelines. Students will use important dates from their lives to create a personal 5 event timeline. Students will use rulers to measure equal spaces for their timelines. This lesson will require two 1 hour sessions. The first lesson will include the lesson introduction, work on timelines and time for formative assessments as students work. The second session will be used to complete timelines, share projects, and complete exit tickets.
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Video sample of completed timeline: https://goo.gl/1JwF0I
This unit was created as part of the ALEX Interdisciplinary Resource Development Summit.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (2) 12: Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text. [RI.2.3]
Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (2), or Social Studies (2)
Title: Time After Time: How Can We Use Timelines to Reconstruct the Past? Part 4
Description: This lesson will focus on creating timelines. Students will use important dates from their lives to create a personal 5 event timeline. Students will use rulers to measure equal spaces for their timelines. This lesson will require two 1 hour sessions. The first lesson will include the lesson introduction, work on timelines and time for formative assessments as students work. The second session will be used to complete timelines, share projects, and complete exit tickets.
Sample of completed timeline:
Video sample of completed timeline: https://goo.gl/1JwF0I
This unit was created as part of the ALEX Interdisciplinary Resource Development Summit.
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Title: Time After Time: How Can We Use Timelines to Reconstruct the Past? Part 3
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The lesson will focus on creating a timeline. The teacher and students will work together to collect data from teachers around the school. Using this data, students will work to complete a class timeline and formulate questions to ask others about their completed timeline. This lesson will require four 3045 minute sessions to complete.
This unit was created as part of the ALEX Interdisciplinary Resource Development Summit.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 19: Represent whole numbers as lengths from 0 on a number line diagram with equally spaced points corresponding to the numbers 0, 1, 2, ..., and represent wholenumber sums and differences within 100 on a number line diagram. [2MD6]
Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (2), or Social Studies (2)
Title: Time After Time: How Can We Use Timelines to Reconstruct the Past? Part 3
Description: The lesson will focus on creating a timeline. The teacher and students will work together to collect data from teachers around the school. Using this data, students will work to complete a class timeline and formulate questions to ask others about their completed timeline. This lesson will require four 3045 minute sessions to complete.
This unit was created as part of the ALEX Interdisciplinary Resource Development Summit.
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Title: Easy Equivalent Measures
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Easy Equivalent Measures is an exciting, engaging lesson that will make this unpopular, hard skill EASY for your students. We will use Input/Output charts to demonstrate our knowledge of equivalent measures. This lesson will support the needs of all your diverse learners.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (4) 19: Know relative sizes of measurement units within one system of units, including km, m, cm; kg, g; lb, oz; l, ml; and hr, min, sec. Within a single system of measurement, express measurements in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. Record measurement equivalents in a twocolumn table. [4MD1]
Subject: Mathematics (2  4)
Title: Easy Equivalent Measures
Description: Easy Equivalent Measures is an exciting, engaging lesson that will make this unpopular, hard skill EASY for your students. We will use Input/Output charts to demonstrate our knowledge of equivalent measures. This lesson will support the needs of all your diverse learners.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
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Title: Why do we need measurement tools?
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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: 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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Title: The Horizons of Soil in My Backyard
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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.
Standard(s): [SS2010] LWT1 (1) 9: Differentiate between natural resources and humanmade products.
Subject: Mathematics (K  2), or Credit Recovery Science (2), or Science (4), or Social Studies (1)
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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Title: Inch by Inch Learning Is a Cinch
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This lesson uses an interdisciplinary approach involving literature, math, and writing. Using the book, Inch by Inch, by Leo Lionni students will explore the world of measurement. They will have the opportunity to practice measuring objects with inchworms like in the book. They will also have a chance to use creative thinking to write their own stories.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 14: Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes. [2MD1]
Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (1  2), or Technology Education (K  2)
Title: Inch by Inch Learning Is a Cinch
Description: This lesson uses an interdisciplinary approach involving literature, math, and writing. Using the book, Inch by Inch, by Leo Lionni students will explore the world of measurement. They will have the opportunity to practice measuring objects with inchworms like in the book. They will also have a chance to use creative thinking to write their own stories.
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Title: Hop on Pop and NonStandard measurement
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This lesson is a handson, crosscurricular lesson for exploring nonstandard 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.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 17: Measure to determine how much longer one object is than another, expressing the length difference in terms of a standard length unit. [2MD4]
Subject: Mathematics (K  2)
Title: Hop on Pop and NonStandard measurement
Description: This lesson is a handson, crosscurricular lesson for exploring nonstandard 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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Title: Glorious Sunflowers
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In this lesson students will identify, measure and graph seeds and other characteristics of sunflowers and write descriptive and narrative paragraphs about sunflowers.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 23: Draw a picture graph and a bar graph (with singleunit scale) to represent a data set with up to four categories. Solve simple puttogether, takeapart, and compare problems using information presented in a bar graph. (See Appendix A, Table 1.) [2MD10]
Subject: 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.
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Title: What do Plants Need?
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In this lesson, students will understand that in order to grow healthy plants, soil, water, light, and air must be provided. Students will use math skills such as measurement and science process skills such as observation, comparing, and recording data.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 23: Draw a picture graph and a bar graph (with singleunit scale) to represent a data set with up to four categories. Solve simple puttogether, takeapart, and compare problems using information presented in a bar graph. (See Appendix A, Table 1.) [2MD10]
Subject: Mathematics (K  3), or Credit Recovery Science (3), or Science (2)
Title: What do Plants Need?
Description: In this lesson, students will understand that in order to grow healthy plants, soil, water, light, and air must be provided. Students will use math skills such as measurement and science process skills such as observation, comparing, and recording data.
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Title: The Length of My Feet
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This lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, focuses students attention on the attributes of length and develops their knowledge of and skill in using nonstandard units of measurement. It provides practice with and remediation of the measurable attributes of length. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 16: Estimate lengths using units of inches, feet, centimeters, and meters. [2MD3]
Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics Title: The Length of My Feet
Description: This lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, focuses students attention on the attributes of length and develops their knowledge of and skill in using nonstandard units of measurement. It provides practice with and remediation of the measurable attributes of length. 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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Title: The Area of Things...
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In this lesson, one of a multipart 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.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 22: Generate measurement data by measuring lengths of several objects to the nearest whole unit or by making repeated measurements of the same object. Show the measurements by making a line plot where the horizontal scale is marked off in wholenumber units. [2MD9]
Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics Title: The Area of Things...
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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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Title: Ladybug Lengths
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This lesson, one of a multipart 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.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 15: Measure the length of an object twice, using length units of different lengths for the two measurements; describe how the two measurements relate to the size of the unit chosen. [2MD2]
Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics Title: Ladybug Lengths
Description: This lesson, one of a multipart 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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Title: Magnificent Measurement
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In this sevenlesson 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.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (3) 17: Measure and estimate liquid volumes and masses of objects using standard units of grams (g), kilograms (kg), and liters (l). (Excludes compound units such as cm^{3} and finding the geometric volume of a container.) Add, subtract, multiply, or divide to solve onestep word problems involving masses or volumes that are given in the same units, e.g., by using drawings (such as a beaker with a measurement scale) to represent the problem. (Excludes multiplicative comparison problems (problems involving notions of "times as much").) (See Appendix A, Table 2.) [3MD2]
Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics Title: Magnificent Measurement
Description: In this sevenlesson 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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Title: Using the Number Line to Compare
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students determine differences using the number line to compare lengths. Because this model is based on linear measurement, it is a distinctly different representation from the models presented in the first two lessons of this unit. At the end of this lesson, children are encouraged to predict differences and answer puzzles involving subtraction.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 15: Measure the length of an object twice, using length units of different lengths for the two measurements; describe how the two measurements relate to the size of the unit chosen. [2MD2]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Using the Number Line to Compare
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students determine differences using the number line to compare lengths. Because this model is based on linear measurement, it is a distinctly different representation from the models presented in the first two lessons of this unit. At the end of this lesson, children are encouraged to predict differences and answer puzzles involving subtraction. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
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Title: Look at Those Leaves!
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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.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 14: Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes. [2MD1]
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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Title: Keeping in Balance
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In this lesson for grades 1 and 2, one of a multipart 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.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 15: Measure the length of an object twice, using length units of different lengths for the two measurements; describe how the two measurements relate to the size of the unit chosen. [2MD2]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Keeping in Balance
Description: In this lesson for grades 1 and 2, one of a multipart 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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Title: Measuring with Teacher's Foot
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In this lesson, one of a multipart 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.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 14: Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes. [2MD1]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Measuring with Teacher's Foot
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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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Title: Measurement Web Links
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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.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 15: Measure the length of an object twice, using length units of different lengths for the two measurements; describe how the two measurements relate to the size of the unit chosen. [2MD2]
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
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Title: Illuminations Activities
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This Web page, from Illuminations, allows users to access all of Illuminations' online, interactive activities. The activities span the grades and encompass all areas of mathematics.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 14: Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes. [2MD1]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Illuminations Activities
Description: This Web page, from Illuminations, allows users to access all of Illuminations' online, interactive activities. The activities span the grades and encompass all areas of mathematics. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
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