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Title: It's In The Bag
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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.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (3) 24: Understand that shapes in different categories (e.g., rhombuses, rectangles, and others) may share attributes (e.g., having four sides), and that the shared attributes can define a larger category (e.g., quadrilaterals). Recognize rhombuses, rectangles, and squares as examples of quadrilaterals, and draw examples of quadrilaterals that do not belong to any of these subcategories. [3G1]
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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Title: What’s in a Box?
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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 realworld 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.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (5) 26: Classify twodimensional figures in a hierarchy based on properties. [5G4]
Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Mathematics (3  5)
Title: What’s in a Box?
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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 realworld 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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Title: The Class Quilt
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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, GEMSU Project.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (5) 26: Classify twodimensional figures in a hierarchy based on properties. [5G4]
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, GEMSU Project.
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Title: Polygon Perimeters
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This handson 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.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (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: Arts Education (3), or Character Education (K  12), or Mathematics (3), or Technology Education (3  5)
Title: Polygon Perimeters
Description: This handson 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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Title: Dog Gone Again!
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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.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (4) 21: Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in realworld and mathematical problems. [4MD3]
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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Title: Perimeter of Polygons
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The purpose of this lesson is to learn how to find the length, or perimeter of a polygon in real world tasks.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (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: 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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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): [MA2015] (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: Finding Perimeter and Area
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In this lesson, one of a multipart 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.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (4) 21: Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in realworld and mathematical problems. [4MD3]
Subject: Arts,Mathematics Title: Finding Perimeter and Area
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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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Title: Another Look at Fractions of a Set
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students identify fractions in realworld contexts from a set of items that are not identical. Students develop skills in problemsolving and reasoning as they think about their set and how to create new sets given specific fractional characteristics.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (5) 24: Represent realworld and mathematical problems by graphing points in the first quadrant of the coordinate plane, and interpret coordinate values of points in the context of the situation. [5G2]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Another Look at Fractions of a Set
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students identify fractions in realworld contexts from a set of items that are not identical. Students develop skills in problemsolving 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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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): [MA2015] (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: Junior Architects
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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 threedimensional shapes and develop geometry vocabulary.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (4) 21: Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in realworld and mathematical problems. [4MD3]
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 threedimensional shapes and develop geometry vocabulary. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
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Title: Making Beds
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In this lesson, one of a multipart 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.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (5) 1: Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text. [RL.5.1]
Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics Title: Making Beds
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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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Title: Pitching Cards
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In this lesson, one of a multipart 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.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (5) 19: Make a line plot to display a data set of measurements in fractions of a unit (^{1}/_{2}, ^{1}/_{4}, ^{1}/_{8}).
Use operations on fractions for this grade to solve problems involving information presented in line plots. [5MD2]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Pitching Cards
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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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Title: Perimeter and Area of My Clubhouse
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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.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (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: 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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Title: Creating a TwoDimensional Blueprint
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students draw twodimensional 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.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (4) 21: Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in realworld and mathematical problems. [4MD3]
Subject: Arts,Mathematics Title: Creating a TwoDimensional Blueprint
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students draw twodimensional 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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Title: Makeshift Measurements
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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.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (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: 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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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
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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

