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Title: The 4th Little Pig  Designing a HurricaneProof Roof
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The goal of this lesson is for students to use their knowledge of hurricanes to design and build a hurricaneproof roof for Piggy Sue, The Three Little Pig's cousin. She has just moved to town and she needs a house that will withstand a hurricane.
Students will test various materials and designs to determine the best design for her roof. Students will work in groups and use the engineering design method to design and build their roofs. Each group will have a budget to purchase materials for their roofs.
This lesson was created as 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.
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]
Subject: Mathematics (3), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3  5)
Title: The 4th Little Pig  Designing a HurricaneProof Roof
Description: The goal of this lesson is for students to use their knowledge of hurricanes to design and build a hurricaneproof roof for Piggy Sue, The Three Little Pig's cousin. She has just moved to town and she needs a house that will withstand a hurricane.
Students will test various materials and designs to determine the best design for her roof. Students will work in groups and use the engineering design method to design and build their roofs. Each group will have a budget to purchase materials for their roofs.
This lesson was created as 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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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): [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]
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: Are We There Yet?
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In this lesson, students will work collaboratively to solve subtraction word problems. Students will solve distance word problems to find the difference between any 3digit number and 1,000.
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]
Subject: Mathematics (3  4), or Technology Education (3  5)
Title: Are We There Yet?
Description: In this lesson, students will work collaboratively to solve subtraction word problems. Students will solve distance word problems to find the difference between any 3digit number and 1,000.
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Title: Why DO we Carry the One?
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The students will critically think through the traditional algorithm for addition and compare to an alternative strategy.
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]
Subject: Mathematics (3)
Title: Why DO we Carry the One?
Description: The students will critically think through the traditional algorithm for addition and compare to an alternative strategy.
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Title: "All in the Family"
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A cooperative unit where students work together and use a variety of math skills to establish budgets and compare and compute the best buys. Students will continue practicing their writing skills by writing thank you notes to local merchants.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (5) 10: Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method, and explain the reasoning used. [5NBT7]
Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Mathematics (3  5)
Title: "All in the Family"
Description: A cooperative unit where students work together and use a variety of math skills to establish budgets and compare and compute the best buys. Students will continue practicing their writing skills by writing thank you notes to local merchants.
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Title: Quest for The Rajah's Rice
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After reading The Rajah's Rice, a mathematical folktale by Dave Barry, students will complete a WebQuest. The WebQuest includes a compare/contrast activity, a recipe activity, and opportunities for more extensions related to the story.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (4) 14: Understand a fraction ^{a}/_{b} with a > 1 as a sum of fractions ^{1}/_{b}. [4NF3]
Subject: Mathematics (3  4), or Technology Education (3  5)
Title: Quest for The Rajah's Rice
Description: After reading The Rajah's Rice, a mathematical folktale by Dave Barry, students will complete a WebQuest. The WebQuest includes a compare/contrast activity, a recipe activity, and opportunities for more extensions related to the story.
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Title: "Hanging Out the Laundry" with Place Value
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As an introduction to the thousands place in place value, students will first practice with place value mats and base ten blocks. Then students will play "hanging out the laundry" for more practice with place value. Additional practice can be gained by accessing the website provided.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (4) 7: Read and write multidigit whole numbers using baseten numerals, number names, and expanded form. Compare two multidigit numbers based on meanings of the digits in each place, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons. [4NBT2]
Subject: Mathematics (3  4), or Technology Education (3  5)
Title: "Hanging Out the Laundry" with Place Value
Description: As an introduction to the thousands place in place value, students will first practice with place value mats and base ten blocks. Then students will play "hanging out the laundry" for more practice with place value. Additional practice can be gained by accessing the website provided.
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Title: ThreeDigit Subtraction
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This lesson uses technology and literature to teach subtraction of threedigit numbers, including subtraction across zeros.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (4) 9: Fluently add and subtract multidigit whole numbers using the standard algorithm. [4NBT4]
Subject: Mathematics (3  4)
Title: ThreeDigit Subtraction
Description: This lesson uses technology and literature to teach subtraction of threedigit numbers, including subtraction across zeros.
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Title: Communicating about Mathematics Using Games
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The mathematical game in this fourlesson unit from Illuminations fosters mathematical communication as students explain and justify their moves to one another. In addition, the game motivates students and engages them in thinking about and applying concepts and skills.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (4) 13: Compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators, e.g., by creating common denominators or numerators or by comparing to a benchmark fraction such as ^{1}/_{2}. Recognize that comparisons are valid only when the two fractions refer to the same whole. Record the results of comparisons with symbols >, =, or <, and justify the conclusions, e.g., by using a visual fraction model. [4NF2]
Subject: Mathematics,Professional Development Title: Communicating about Mathematics Using Games
Description: The mathematical game in this fourlesson unit from Illuminations fosters mathematical communication as students explain and justify their moves to one another. In addition, the game motivates students and engages them in thinking about and applying concepts and skills. 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: Number Cruncher
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This tool, created by Science NetLinks, challenges students to consider mathematical equations to get from one number to another in a math maze. Students use a series of addition, subtraction, and multiplication equations to reach their goal. From here you can access a review of this resource for grades 38. You can access reviews for additional grades and benchmarks using the navigation links at the top of the review.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (4) 9: Fluently add and subtract multidigit whole numbers using the standard algorithm. [4NBT4]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Number Cruncher
Description: This tool, created by Science NetLinks, challenges students to consider mathematical equations to get from one number to another in a math maze. Students use a series of addition, subtraction, and multiplication equations to reach their goal. From here you can access a review of this resource for grades 38. You can access reviews for additional grades and benchmarks using the navigation links at the top of the review. Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8
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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
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Title: Electronic Abacus
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This student interactive, from Illuminations, explores the use of an abacus model for representing numbers and for performing addition. Students can work through several different activities, all of which explore addition.
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]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Electronic Abacus
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, explores the use of an abacus model for representing numbers and for performing addition. Students can work through several different activities, all of which explore addition. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5
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Title: Primary Krypto
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This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and addition in a fun environment. In the game of Krypto, students combine numbers with mathematical operations to obtain a target number.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (7) 6: Solve realworld and mathematical problems involving the four operations with rational numbers. (Computations with rational numbers extend the rules for manipulating fractions to complex fractions.) [7NS3]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Primary Krypto
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and addition in a fun environment. In the game of Krypto, students combine numbers with mathematical operations to obtain a target number. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

