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ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: Mathematics (2), or Science (2)
Title: Whoa! Where'd It Go? (States of Matter Data Collection)
Description: This lesson allows students to use the properties and characteristics of solids, liquids, and gases to determine how different variables affect states of matter.  Students predict what will happen and spend short amounts of time daily to observe and record data.  Students will graph their data into charts to see patterns and solve math problems.  This lesson was created as a part of the 2016 NASA STEM Standards of Practice Project, a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Credit Recovery Science (2), or Science (4), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Digging In For Dirt Day!
Description: This lesson is managed through stations that students will rotate around every 20- 30 minutes. Each second grade teacher conducts one station. Parent volunteers can also be used to manage stations. Students will use an auger to gather soil, produce a soil painting, make a dirt cup to represent layers of soil, do a Shake It Up! activity to examine how soil settles, and examine local soil. 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 (2 - 3)
Title: You Scream, I Scream, We all Scream for Ice cream !
Description:   Fun and yummy lesson to do on a sunny spring afternoon.  Have the students take a poll of their favorite choice of ice cream and create a bar graph showing the information.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: Let's Get Going!
Description: By doing this lesson the students will have the opportunity to explore transportation firsts.  By exporing this information, the students will make a timeline charting the year when the forms of transportation were invented.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 - 2), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: We Are Family!
Description: This is a fun way to incorporate fun with addition and subtraction fact families.  The students will have fun matching facts and making a happy 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)
Title: What's in a Name: Graphing Lesson
Description: During this lesson, students will learn to graph information. After reading, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, students will discuss the length of their names. Students will learn to graph their names and compare their names to others.


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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: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (1 - 3), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 5)
Title: It's Your Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
Description: This lesson plan is intended to be used during the month of March when the class is preparing to celebrate Dr. Seuss Day. After listening to and reading different stories by Dr. Seuss, the students have opportunities to compare and contrast story elements through critical thinking and Venn diagrams.


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Subject: Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Graphing M
Description: During this lesson, students will learn how to create a graph using M&M's. Students will compare the different numbers of M&M's by creating different math problems. Students will practice working different math problems on the Internet. Experience from this activity will be used to participate in the voting process.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (1 - 2), or Mathematics (1 - 2)
Title: What Can We Learn From Pigs?
Description: This thematic language arts lesson uses a variety of beginning reading books about pigs to help special education/early elementary students learn about character traits and concepts. The wide use of graphic organizers introduces beginning readers to early reading strategies.


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Subject: Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Animal Cracker Sorting
Description: In this lesson students will be given the opportunity to practice using mathematical vocabulary to describe a set of data. Following data collection students will also create a graph using the computer.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Credit Recovery Science (1), or Science (3), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: "Nuts" About Peanuts! (Reading)
Description: The lesson will be implemented as part of a unit about plants. The students will learn about the growth cycle of a peanut and use a Five-Step Sequence Think-sheet to sequence the steps. They will also make predictions and complete activities to check their predictions/draw conclusions (including math skills of graphing and comparing). Student understanding will be enhanced with the use of books, class discussions, and the Internet.


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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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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.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Mathematics,Social Studies
Title: My Pet     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students develop and use spatial relationships and spatial memory by creating a map of a pet. The students use visual and spatial skills, measure with nonstandard units, and describe '' trips'' around their pet using directional and positional words.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics,Science
Title: Classroom Paper     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students investigate data in connection with recyclable materials and develop plans to help the environment. Students gather and graph information about their classroom paper use over a period of several days and then interpret graphical information and use the data as a basis for future planning.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Freckle Face     
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, initiates the development of skills in collecting and recording data. Students collect data about a partner s face and tally the data from the whole class. They learn the convention for displaying a set of five using tally marks. Students then create a pictograph and pose and answer questions about the data set. 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: Health,Mathematics
Title: Pyramid Power     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students make sets of a given number, explore relationships between numbers, and write numbers that enumerate how many elements are in a group. They make and record sets of one more and one less than a given number. They have the opportunity to apply their reasoning and communication skills in this lesson.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Shirts Full of Buttons     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore subtraction in the comparative mode by answering questions such as How many more? and How many less? as they match sets of buttons. They also make and discuss bar graphs based on the number of buttons they are wearing.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Bar Graph Investigations     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students apply what they know about comparison subtraction by constructing bar graphs and using them to answer questions. They conduct a survey to gather data and then complete a bar graph. They also use the data to generate a bar graph using a computer.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics,Science
Title: Mathematics and Environmental Concerns: Unit Overview     
Description: In this five-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they investigate data in connection with recyclable materials and develop plans to help the environment. The activities in these lessons focus on connections between mathematics and environmental concerns. They are designed to make students aware of various materials that people ordinarily use and discard, to increase their knowledge of the numbers of material that people use and to devise plans to use materials more conservatively.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Representing Data     
Description: This unit of four lessons, from Illuminations, focuses on the application of mathematics to real-world situations. Students must deal with data to complete an organized chart for the purpose of transferring information to a graph or for generalizing a rule. The unit includes an individual activity for four different levels, 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Skin Weight     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students work with data to complete an organized chart for the purpose of transferring information to a graph or for the purpose of generalizing a rule.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Comparing Columns on a Bar Graph     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students apply what they know about comparison subtraction by constructing bar graphs and using the graphs to answer questions. They then play a subtraction game.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Up on Top     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students generate bar graphs. Posing and answering questions using the graphs gives students an opportunity to apply their reasoning and communication skills. They also consider whether a given category is likely, certain, or impossible.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: The Clucking Chicken     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students choose meals from a menu and then construct a box plot. They use the plot to identify the mean, mode, median, and range of the data set.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: The Eyes Have It     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students collect data about the eye color of class members. They create bar graphs with several classifications of data. They pose and answer questions about the data by looking at the graph and then find the range and mode.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Celebrate the 100th day of school!     
Description: As a class, students work in small groups to create a '' 100th Day'' book.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Circle Grapher     
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to create a customized circle graph as well as display pre-set circle graphs. They can choose from one of 3 predetermined data sets, or input their own data into the applet. In addition to the circle graph, a table of the data is also included.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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