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Title: How Many Times Did You Add That?
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After watching the video clip of the Hershey's plant, students will use grid paper to investigate multiplication as repeated addition.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
Standard(s): [SS2010] LWT2 (2) 7: Explain production and distribution processes.
Subject: Mathematics (1  4), or Social Studies (2)
Title: How Many Times Did You Add That?
Description: After watching the video clip of the Hershey's plant, students will use grid paper to investigate multiplication as repeated addition.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
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Title: Investigating and Discovering Input & Output Patterns!
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This lesson will investigate the patterns involved with Input & Output charts. The students will explore this concept through engaging, inquiry based activities. You will be able to meet the diverse needs of all your learners.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (3) 4: Determine the unknown whole number in a multiplication or division equation relating three whole numbers. [3OA4]
Subject: Mathematics (3)
Title: Investigating and Discovering Input & Output Patterns!
Description: This lesson will investigate the patterns involved with Input & Output charts. The students will explore this concept through engaging, inquiry based activities. You will be able to meet the diverse needs of all your learners.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
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Title: A Math and Language Arts lesson: Introduction to Division
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The lesson will help students develop an initial understanding of division and clarify how the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division relate to and are separate from each other. The lesson begins with a brainstorming discussion which builds background and fosters comprehension. A big book, The Doorbell Rang, by Pat Hutchins, is used along with manipulatives to provide instruction at concrete and pictorial levels. Students will demonstrate what they have learned by writing a short story incorporating simple division.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (3) 5: Apply properties of operations as strategies to multiply and divide. (Students need not use formal terms for these properties.) [3OA5]
Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Mathematics (3)
Title: A Math and Language Arts lesson: Introduction to Division
Description: The lesson will help students develop an initial understanding of division and clarify how the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division relate to and are separate from each other. The lesson begins with a brainstorming discussion which builds background and fosters comprehension. A big book, The Doorbell Rang, by Pat Hutchins, is used along with manipulatives to provide instruction at concrete and pictorial levels. Students will demonstrate what they have learned by writing a short story incorporating simple division.
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Title: Multiplication Stories
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students practice memorization of multiplication facts where one factor is 6 or 7. They create multiplication stories, play a multiplication game, and then record their current level of mastery of the multiplication facts.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (3) 4: Determine the unknown whole number in a multiplication or division equation relating three whole numbers. [3OA4]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Multiplication Stories
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students practice memorization of multiplication facts where one factor is 6 or 7. They create multiplication stories, play a multiplication game, and then record their current level of mastery of the multiplication facts. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
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Title: Balance Beam Discoveries
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This lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, encourages students to explore two models of multiplication: the balance beam and the inverse of multiplication. This exploration leads naturally into representing multiplication facts in equation form. In addition to extending their understanding of the concept of multiplication, students begin to practice the multiplication facts by playing an interactive online game.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (3) 7: Fluently multiply and divide within 100, using strategies such as the relationship between multiplication and division (e.g., knowing that 8 x 5 = 40, one knows 40 ÷ 5 = 8) or properties of operations. By the end of Grade 3, know from memory all products of two onedigit numbers. [3OA7]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Balance Beam Discoveries
Description: This lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, encourages students to explore two models of multiplication: the balance beam and the inverse of multiplication. This exploration leads naturally into representing multiplication facts in equation form. In addition to extending their understanding of the concept of multiplication, students begin to practice the multiplication facts by playing an interactive online game. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
ALEX Podcasts
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Title: Math Tricks: Always a 4
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This podcast was created to motivate students with a math trick that they can share with friends and family. Students are practicing several math concepts while they preform the trick. Pi the Math Guy, will lead your students through the steps. A transcript and a handout of the steps are included. Don't forget to check out the next episode for a new fun math trick. Standard(s):
[MA2015] (4) 10: Multiply a whole number of up to four digits by a onedigit whole number, and multiply two twodigit numbers, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models. [4NBT5]
Math Tricks: Always a 4 Overview: This podcast was created to motivate students with a math trick that they can share with friends and family. Students are practicing several math concepts while they preform the trick. Pi the Math Guy, will lead your students through the steps. A transcript and a handout of the steps are included. Don't forget to check out the next episode for a new fun math trick.
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Title: Math in the Real World
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This podcast is a creation of six students from Stephens Elementary. Their class went on a Math Walk one afternoon and were challenged to created a math problem based upon what they found. They then shared their solutions on camera. Standard(s):
[MA2015] (3) 11: Fluently add and subtract within 1000 using strategies and algorithms based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction. [3NBT2]
Math in the Real World Overview: This podcast is a creation of six students from Stephens Elementary. Their class went on a Math Walk one afternoon and were challenged to created a math problem based upon what they found. They then shared their solutions on camera.
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Title: Number and Operations 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 arithmetic. Users can read the Illuminations Editorial Board's review of each Web site, or choose to link directly to the sites.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (5) 26: Classify twodimensional figures in a hierarchy based on properties. [5G4]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Number and Operations 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 arithmetic. 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
Thinkfinity Interactive Games
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Title: Communicating about Mathematics Using Games: Playing Fraction Tracks
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Mathematical games can foster mathematical communication as students explain and justify their moves to one another. In addition, games can motivate students and engage them in thinking about and applying concepts and skills. This eexample from Illuminations contains an interactive version of a game that can be used in the grades 35 classroom to support students' learning about fractions. eMath Investigations are selected eexamples from the electronic version of the Principles and Standards of School Mathematics (PSSM). The eexamples are part of the electronic version of the PSSM document. Given their interactive nature and focused discussion tied to the PSSM document, the eexamples are natural companions to the iMath investigations.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (5) 26: Classify twodimensional figures in a hierarchy based on properties. [5G4]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Communicating about Mathematics Using Games: Playing Fraction Tracks
Description: Mathematical games can foster mathematical communication as students explain and justify their moves to one another. In addition, games can motivate students and engage them in thinking about and applying concepts and skills. This eexample from Illuminations contains an interactive version of a game that can be used in the grades 35 classroom to support students' learning about fractions. eMath Investigations are selected eexamples from the electronic version of the Principles and Standards of School Mathematics (PSSM). The eexamples are part of the electronic version of the PSSM document. Given their interactive nature and focused discussion tied to the PSSM document, the eexamples are natural companions to the iMath investigations. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Thinkfinity Learning Activities
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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
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Title: Times Table
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This student interactive, from an Illuminations lesson, allows students to practice multiplying numbers.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (3) 4: Determine the unknown whole number in a multiplication or division equation relating three whole numbers. [3OA4]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Times Table
Description: This student interactive, from an Illuminations lesson, allows students to practice multiplying numbers. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5
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Title: Factorize
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This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to visually explore the concept of factors by creating rectangular arrays with an area equal to the product of the factors. They can choose whether or not to use the commutative property when identifying factors.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (6) 5: Fluently divide multidigit numbers using the standard algorithm. [6NS2]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Factorize
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to visually explore the concept of factors by creating rectangular arrays with an area equal to the product of the factors. They can choose whether or not to use the commutative property when identifying factors. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8
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Title: Product Game
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This interactive game, from Illuminations, exercises students skills with factors and multiples. Players take turns moving a marker along a number line to create products, which are then colored in on the game board. The object of the game is to get four squares in a row.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (4) 1: Interpret a multiplication equation as a comparison, e.g., interpret 35 = 5 x 7 as a statement that 35 is 5 times as many as 7 and 7 times as many as 5. Represent verbal statements of multiplicative comparisons as multiplication equations. [4OA1]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Product Game
Description: This interactive game, from Illuminations, exercises students skills with factors and multiples. Players take turns moving a marker along a number line to create products, which are then colored in on the game board. The object of the game is to get four squares in a row. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8

