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Title: Students Only! No Teachers Aloud
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The students will be introduced to area and perimeter.The teacher will pose a reallife situation in which the students will have a chance to explore an actual section outside to determine the area and perimeter of a set location.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 21: Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in realworld and mathematical problems. [4MD3]
Subject: Mathematics (3  4)
Title: Students Only! No Teachers Aloud
Description: The students will be introduced to area and perimeter.The teacher will pose a reallife situation in which the students will have a chance to explore an actual section outside to determine the area and perimeter of a set location.
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Title: "Polly"gon Pockets
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In this lesson, students will explore the attributes of various polygons. Students will need to be in 12 cooperative groups (one for each shape being explored). They will complete a jigsaw puzzle to discover their shape and then list the attributes they notice about it. They will create a foldable that shows each polygon, describes its attributes, and lists items in our world that use that shape. Then, the students will create a collage using either magazines and 9x12 construction paper or the Internet and Microsoft Word to create a collage of items in our world that use polygon shapes. 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): [MA2013] (5) 25: Understand that attributes belonging to a category of twodimensional figures also belong to all subcategories of that category. [5G3]
Subject: Arts Education (5), or Mathematics (3  5)
Title: "Polly"gon Pockets
Description: In this lesson, students will explore the attributes of various polygons. Students will need to be in 12 cooperative groups (one for each shape being explored). They will complete a jigsaw puzzle to discover their shape and then list the attributes they notice about it. They will create a foldable that shows each polygon, describes its attributes, and lists items in our world that use that shape. Then, the students will create a collage using either magazines and 9x12 construction paper or the Internet and Microsoft Word to create a collage of items in our world that use polygon shapes. 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: Abundant Area
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This is an inquiry and technologybased lesson that allows students to discover the relationship between perimeter and area. Students apply problemsolving strategies to solve the reallife problem posed in this lesson. This lesson may easily be divided into sections and completed over several days if needed.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 21: Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in realworld and mathematical problems. [4MD3]
Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Mathematics (3  4), or Technology Education (3  5)
Title: Abundant Area
Description: This is an inquiry and technologybased lesson that allows students to discover the relationship between perimeter and area. Students apply problemsolving strategies to solve the reallife problem posed in this lesson. This lesson may easily be divided into sections and completed over several days if needed.
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Title: Perimeter and Area of a Rectangle
Digital Tool:
Online Math Game Web Address URL:
http://www.mathplayground.com/area_perimeter.html Standard(s):
[MA2013] (3) 22: Relate area to the operations of multiplication and addition. [3MD7] Digital Tool Description: This tool is an online game, which not only grabs the students' attention, but also enables them to enhance their knowledge and understanding of finding perimeter and area. The tool reteaches the concepts of perimeter and area and then allows students to practice with using measurement and formulas to find the perimeter and area.
Title: Perimeter and Area of a Rectangle Digital Tool: Online Math Game Digital Tool Description: This tool is an online game, which not only grabs the students' attention, but also enables them to enhance their knowledge and understanding of finding perimeter and area. The tool reteaches the concepts of perimeter and area and then allows students to practice with using measurement and formulas to find the perimeter and area.
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Title: Area Explorer
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This activity allows the user to test his or her skill at calculating the area of a random shape. The user is given a random figure and allowed to enter a value for the area. The user is informed whether or not the answer is correct. The user may continue trying until the answer is correct. As an extension, the students may link to a chart that compares the area to the perimeter.
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]
Area Explorer
http://www.shodor.or...
This activity allows the user to test his or her skill at calculating the area of a random shape. The user is given a random figure and allowed to enter a value for the area. The user is informed whether or not the answer is correct. The user may continue trying until the answer is correct. As an extension, the students may link to a chart that compares the area to the perimeter.
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Title: Area & Perimeter Game
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This website allows students to explore the concepts of area and perimeter.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 21: Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in realworld and mathematical problems. [4MD3]
Area & Perimeter Game
http://www.bgfl.org/...
This website allows students to explore the concepts of area and perimeter.
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Title: Factortris
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This interactive game requires students to create a rectangle with area of the number given.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (5) 9: Find wholenumber quotients of whole numbers with up to fourdigit dividends and twodigit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the properties of operations, and/or the relationship between multiplication and division. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models. [5NBT6]
Factortris
http://hotmath.com/h...
This interactive game requires students to create a rectangle with area of the number given.
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Title: Teaching Measurement
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This Web page focuses on nonstandard units of measurement.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (3) 21: Measure areas by counting unit squares (square cm, square m, square in, square ft, and improvised units). [3MD6]
Teaching Measurement
http://www.kindergar...
This Web page focuses on nonstandard units of measurement.
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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
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Title: Interactive Geometry Dictionary: Areas in Geometry
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This student interactive, from Illuminations, demonstrates how to find the area of three common shapes. Interactive investigations demonstrate finding the area of a rectangle, parallelogram, and triangle.
Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 12: Make formal geometric constructions with a variety of tools and methods such as compass and straightedge, string, reflective devices, paper folding, and dynamic geometric software. Constructions include copying a segment; copying an angle; bisecting a segment; bisecting an angle; constructing perpendicular lines, including the perpendicular bisector of a line segment; and constructing a line parallel to a given line through a point not on the line. [GCO12]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Interactive Geometry Dictionary: Areas in Geometry
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, demonstrates how to find the area of three common shapes. Interactive investigations demonstrate finding the area of a rectangle, parallelogram, and triangle. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8
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