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Title: What's the Question Again?
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This lesson focuses on problem solving strategies with word problems that are 2 or more steps. Students are forced through the strategies to focus on the content of a problem before attempting to answer the "question" which tells what they are to solve. Visualization and communication are reinforced throughout the lesson. The strategies are generic. Included are problems for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade computation. However, these same strategies can be used for all grade levels.
This is a College and CareerReady Standards showcase lesson plan.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (5) 16: Solve realworld problems involving multiplication of fractions and mixed numbers, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem. [5NF6]
Subject: Mathematics (3  5)
Title: What's the Question Again?
Description: This lesson focuses on problem solving strategies with word problems that are 2 or more steps. Students are forced through the strategies to focus on the content of a problem before attempting to answer the "question" which tells what they are to solve. Visualization and communication are reinforced throughout the lesson. The strategies are generic. Included are problems for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade computation. However, these same strategies can be used for all grade levels.
This is a College and CareerReady Standards showcase lesson plan.
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Title: Roll 'N Round to Win
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This lesson is a handson, gamebased lesson. It should be part of a larger unit of study on number sense, estimation, and/or place value. The lesson involves students in a gamebased activity which gives them a concrete understanding of the relationship between number values, place value, and the accepted mathematical rule for rounding numbers.
This is a College and CareerReady Standards showcase lesson plan.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (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]
Subject: Mathematics (3)
Title: Roll 'N Round to Win
Description: This lesson is a handson, gamebased lesson. It should be part of a larger unit of study on number sense, estimation, and/or place value. The lesson involves students in a gamebased activity which gives them a concrete understanding of the relationship between number values, place value, and the accepted mathematical rule for rounding numbers.
This is a College and CareerReady Standards showcase lesson plan.
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Title: Too Much Paper; Too Few Trees?
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A common phrase that both teachers and students often hear when using paper is "there goes another tree." In this lesson, students will use various math skills to determine the number of trees we actually use as paper in a school year. Students will also create a clinometer to measure trees, use the Internet to research the papermaking process, and make paper.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (5) 2: Write simple expressions that record calculations with numbers, and interpret numerical expressions without evaluating them. [5OA2]
Subject: Mathematics (3  5), or Technology Education (3  5)
Title: Too Much Paper; Too Few Trees?
Description: A common phrase that both teachers and students often hear when using paper is "there goes another tree." In this lesson, students will use various math skills to determine the number of trees we actually use as paper in a school year. Students will also create a clinometer to measure trees, use the Internet to research the papermaking process, and make paper.
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Title: It’s My Party!
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Students will learn the value of money by planning their own birthday party. By using the Internet and a calculator, students will be given the opportunity for a practical reallife opportunity to solve a problem related to money exchange.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (5) 16: Solve realworld problems involving multiplication of fractions and mixed numbers, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem. [5NF6]
Subject: Mathematics (3  5), or Technology Education (3  5)
Title: It’s My Party!
Description: Students will learn the value of money by planning their own birthday party. By using the Internet and a calculator, students will be given the opportunity for a practical reallife opportunity to solve a problem related to money exchange.
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Title: Measurement Task Cards
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This reproducible activity sheet, from an Illuminations lesson, features several measurementrelated scenarios to be printed out and cut into task cards, which can then be used to teach measurement concepts or as part of a game.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (3) 23: Solve realworld and mathematical problems involving perimeters of polygons, including finding the perimeter given the side lengths, finding an unknown side length, and exhibiting rectangles with the same perimeter and different areas or with the same area and different perimeters. [3MD8]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Measurement Task Cards
Description: This reproducible activity sheet, from an Illuminations lesson, features several measurementrelated scenarios to be printed out and cut into task cards, which can then be used to teach measurement concepts or as part of a game. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
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Title: Mathematics and Football: Unit Overview
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In this fivelesson unit, from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they analyze information represented graphically. Students are asked to discuss, describe, read, and write about the graphs and the information they contain. These activities focus on connections between mathematics and football by using the Super Bowl. Students are asked to look at the Super Bowl not just as the big game but as an opportunity to apply mathematics to some interesting problems. This unit includes an individual activity for four different levels plus one for parents to complete with their child at home.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 20: Use the four operations to solve word problems involving distances, intervals of time, liquid volumes, masses of objects, and money, including problems involving simple fractions or decimals, and problems that require expressing measurements given in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. Represent measurement quantities using diagrams such as number line diagrams that feature a measurement scale. [4MD2]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Mathematics and Football: Unit Overview
Description: In this fivelesson unit, from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they analyze information represented graphically. Students are asked to discuss, describe, read, and write about the graphs and the information they contain. These activities focus on connections between mathematics and football by using the Super Bowl. Students are asked to look at the Super Bowl not just as the big game but as an opportunity to apply mathematics to some interesting problems. This unit includes an individual activity for four different levels plus one for parents to complete with their child at home. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
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Title: Growing Patterns
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students use numbers to make growing patterns. They create, analyze, and describe growing patterns and then record them. They also analyze a special growing pattern called Pascal's triangle.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (3) 8: Solve twostep word problems using the four operations. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding. (This standard is limited to problems posed with whole numbers and having wholenumber answers; students should know how to perform operations in the conventional order when there are no parentheses to specify a particular order (Order of Operations).) [3OA8]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Growing Patterns
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students use numbers to make growing patterns. They create, analyze, and describe growing patterns and then record them. They also analyze a special growing pattern called Pascal's triangle. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
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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):
[MA2013] (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: Order of Operations TV
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This video gives multiple solution videos for solving problems using the order of operations.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (6) 13: Write, read, and evaluate expressions in which letters stand for numbers. [6EE2]
Order of Operations TV
http://www.mathtv.co...
This video gives multiple solution videos for solving problems using the order of operations.
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Title: Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally As She Makes the Number 24
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The students get 4 numbers presented on a number card. With these numbers and an interactive calculator, students try to compute the number 24. Students use order of operations to solve a numerical expression that equal 24.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (6) 15: Identify when two expressions are equivalent (i.e., when the two expressions name the same number regardless of which value is substituted into them). [6EE4]
Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally As She Makes the Number 24
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The students get 4 numbers presented on a number card. With these numbers and an interactive calculator, students try to compute the number 24. Students use order of operations to solve a numerical expression that equal 24.
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Title: Escape from Planet X: Order of Operations
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This interactive game uses a word problem and the student must match the numerical expression that best describes the problem. If all problems are done correctly, then the student's spaceship will blast off the planet.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (3) 8: Solve twostep word problems using the four operations. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding. (This standard is limited to problems posed with whole numbers and having wholenumber answers; students should know how to perform operations in the conventional order when there are no parentheses to specify a particular order (Order of Operations).) [3OA8]
Escape from Planet X: Order of Operations
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This interactive game uses a word problem and the student must match the numerical expression that best describes the problem. If all problems are done correctly, then the student's spaceship will blast off the planet.
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Title: Math Man  Order of Operations
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Students play this "PacMan Game" while solving the order of operations.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (3) 8: Solve twostep word problems using the four operations. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding. (This standard is limited to problems posed with whole numbers and having wholenumber answers; students should know how to perform operations in the conventional order when there are no parentheses to specify a particular order (Order of Operations).) [3OA8]
Math Man  Order of Operations
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Students play this "PacMan Game" while solving the order of operations.
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Title: Power Lines
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An interactive game that has students problemsolving math combinations to solve the puzzle. It gives 8 levels and after completing the 8th level they get a code to move on.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 3: Solve multistep word problems posed with whole numbers and having wholenumber answers using the four operations, including problems in which remainders must be interpreted. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding. [4OA3]
Power Lines
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An interactive game that has students problemsolving math combinations to solve the puzzle. It gives 8 levels and after completing the 8th level they get a code to move on.
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Title: The Order of Operations Millionaire Game
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The Order of Operations Millionaire Game can be played alone or in two teams. If you are using this game in the classroom as a contest between two teams, the teacher can modify the scores at any point by clicking the score box of a team and editing the numbers.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (6) 13: Write, read, and evaluate expressions in which letters stand for numbers. [6EE2]
The Order of Operations Millionaire Game
http://www.mathplay...
The Order of Operations Millionaire Game can be played alone or in two teams. If you are using this game in the classroom as a contest between two teams, the teacher can modify the scores at any point by clicking the score box of a team and editing the numbers.
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Title: Daily Math Puzzles
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Paul Godding is the creator of this daily math puzzle blog. Daily math puzzles/and or games are posted that contain basic mathematical skills. Students may submit their solutions to the puzzles. Also, available at this site are links to the Apple Store where Apps may be purchased for iphone, ipad, and ipod.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (3) 12: Multiply onedigit whole numbers by multiples of 10 in the range 10  90 (e.g., 9 x 80, 5 x 60) using strategies based on place value and properties of operations. [3NBT3]
Daily Math Puzzles
http://7puzzleblog.c...
Paul Godding is the creator of this daily math puzzle blog. Daily math puzzles/and or games are posted that contain basic mathematical skills. Students may submit their solutions to the puzzles. Also, available at this site are links to the Apple Store where Apps may be purchased for iphone, ipad, and ipod.
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Title: Order of Operations TV
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This video gives multiple solution videos for solving problems using the order of operations.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (6) 13: Write, read, and evaluate expressions in which letters stand for numbers. [6EE2]
Order of Operations TV
http://www.mathtv.co...
This video gives multiple solution videos for solving problems using the order of operations.
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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): [MA2013] (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
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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): [MA2013] (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

