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Lesson Plans (17) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Assessments (1) Any activity or resource teachers use to help gauge student progress. Informational Materials (2) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (6) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (8) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
and/or acquire a skill.  Examples include, but are not limited to, online tutorials, experiments, 
demonstrations, and hands-on activities.


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Subject: Mathematics (3)
Title: It's In The Bag
Description: This lesson is a unique and fun way to review perimeter, angles, and types of adjectives.  Students pick an object from the classroom that will fit in a paper lunch bag.  They investigate their object and fill in the attached sheet.  You can then make a bulletin board out in the hall by attaching the bag (with the object in it) below or beside the info sheet.  Students can come by and try to guess what object is in the bag by looking at the info sheet.  They can then check their guess by looking in the bag. 


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or English Language Arts (5), or Mathematics (3 - 5)
Title: What’s in a Box?
Description:   The class has been contracted to work for a box factory. They are to make cube shaped jewelry boxes. Students determine how many different nets are possible and then analyze the resulting cubes. This real-world situation helps to develop students' spatial visualization skills and geometric understanding. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.  


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Subject: Mathematics (3 - 5)
Title: The Class Quilt
Description: Students will design a 12 inch quilt square consisting of geometrical shapes.They must use their knowledge of fractions and polygons in order to create an exact 12" by 12" square.Students will use knowledge of area of a figure in order to create a quilt using their squares.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: Arts Education (3), or Character Education (K - 12), or Mathematics (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Polygon Perimeters
Description: This hands-on sidewalk chalk activity gives students practice finding the perimeter of polygons, while teaching them how to describe geometric figures using mathematical terms. It’s a fun way to bring out their creativity and strengthen visual thinking!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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Subject: Mathematics (3 - 7), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Dog Gone Again!
Description: In this lesson, the students' dogs have escaped once again from the backyard because there is not a fence to contain the dog when it goes out to use the bathroom. The student is to design a rectangular fence that will keep the dog from escaping the yard again. Students will find the perimeter and area of their fence. The students' products will be a Microsoft Word drawing.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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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Mathematics (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Perimeter of Polygons
Description: The purpose of this lesson is to learn how to find the length, or perimeter of a polygon in real world tasks.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or English Language Arts (4), or Mathematics (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Abundant Area
Description: This is an inquiry and technology-based lesson that allows students to discover the relationship between perimeter and area. Students apply problem-solving strategies to solve the real-life problem posed in this lesson. This lesson may easily be divided into sections and completed over several days if needed.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Another Look at Fractions of a Set     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students identify fractions in real-world contexts from a set of items that are not identical. Students develop skills in problem-solving and reasoning as they think about their set and how to create new sets given specific fractional characteristics.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Arts,Mathematics
Title: Creating a Two-Dimensional Blueprint     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students draw two-dimensional blueprints, on graph paper, of clubhouses they have designed. They consider why architects use scale drawings and reflect on the challenging aspects of creating their blueprints.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Measurement Task Cards     
Description: This reproducible activity sheet, from an Illuminations lesson, features several measurement-related 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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Subject: Arts,Mathematics
Title: Finding Perimeter and Area     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students develop strategies for finding the perimeter and area for rectangles and triangles using geoboards and graph paper. They learn to appreciate how measurement is a critical component to planning and designing a clubhouse.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Makeshift Measurements     
Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students explore the concept of standard size. They verify measurements for some objects that come in standard sizes, use these objects to determine the size or spacing of other objects and suggest additional objects that can be included in the class list of makeshift measures.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Perimeter and Area of My Clubhouse     
Description: This reproducible activity sheet, from an Illuminations lesson, prompts students to determine the area and perimeter of several shapes that represent clubhouse floor plans. They are then asked to create several original floor plan designs, using a geoboard, and calculate the area and perimeter of the one they like best.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Pitching Cards     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on the uses of numbers. The activities use the theme of games to develop concepts of measurement and statistics. Students are asked to measure distances using standard and nonstandard units and to record their measurement in various tables. They are then asked to use descriptive statistics to report the results.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Arts,Mathematics
Title: Junior Architects     
Description: In this unit of four lessons, from Illuminations, students learn basic architectural concepts such as using basic linear measurement, understanding and creating scale representations and exploring perimeter and area measurement as they design their own clubhouses. In addition, they identify, compare and analyze attributes of two- and three-dimensional shapes and develop geometry vocabulary.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: Making Beds     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on connections between mathematics and children s literature. They listen to the story How Big Is a Foot? by Rolf Myller and then explore the need for a standard unit of measure.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



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Lesson Plans


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New School Brochure PBL
http://wveis.k12.wv....
This is a project-based learning unit plan that requires students to create a brochure of their school after surveying the school layout, gathering data, and calculating time and distance required to travel across the campus.

Assessments


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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.

Informational Materials


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Perimeter
http://www.mathgoodi...
This Web page provides instruction, examples and practice problems for finding perimeter.

Interactives/Games


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Shaper Surveyer
http://www.funbrain....
The website provides math games that will help the students find the area and/or the perimeter of rectangles.

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It's A Perimeter Party
http://www.mathplayg...
This game allows students to create a floor plan for a party. This activity helps with perimeter and area.

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Area & Perimeter Game
http://www.bgfl.org/...
This website allows students to explore the concepts of area and perimeter.

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Playing With Perimeter
http://www.funbrain....
The students will find the perimeter of a given object.

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Manipulating Perimeters
http://www.mathplayg...
Students will learn about perimeters and use the interactive ruler to measure shapes to find the perimeter.

Learning Activities


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A-Z Perimeter and Area
http://www.atozteach...
This page has six problems for students to find the perimeter of triangles. It also asks them to calculate area, but you can omit that part on the worksheet.

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ABC Teach - Measurement
http://www.abcteach....
These "Everyday Measurements" worksheets give students an opportunity to measure everyday objects and/or complete perimeter.

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Measurement: Find Perimeter
http://www.atozteach...
If you click on "Download Measurement: Find Perimeter" there is a worksheet with six problems where students are asked to measure a box to the nearest inch and compute perimeter. Depending on the standard, you can have students do one or the other task.

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Perimeter
http://www.mathgoodi...
This Web page provides instruction, examples and practice problems for finding perimeter.

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Shaper Surveyer
http://www.funbrain....
The website provides math games that will help the students find the area and/or the perimeter of rectangles.

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A to Z: Measurement
http://www.atozteach...
This page provides a lot of measurement worksheets. Look for Measuring Lines (in) and Find Perimeter (in) or (cm).

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A to Z: Area & Perimeter
http://printables.at...
There are links to perimeter worksheets on this Web page. Make sure you select the worksheets for inches if that is what the standard says.

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How to Teach Geometric Area to Kids
http://www.ehow.com/...
Teachers can use these tips to teach geometric area to kids.

Thinkfinity Informational Materials


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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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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 e-example from Illuminations contains an interactive version of a game that can be used in the grades 3-5 classroom to support students' learning about fractions. e-Math Investigations are selected e-examples from the electronic version of the Principles and Standards of School Mathematics (PSSM). The e-examples are part of the electronic version of the PSSM document. Given their interactive nature and focused discussion tied to the PSSM document, the e-examples are natural companions to the i-Math investigations.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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