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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: What's Your Question? Multiplication Word Problems
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Students will explore multiplication and word problems. They will work cooperatively to examine a story scenarioand list possible questions to develop a completed word problem and solve it using a variety of strategies. The students will also create a word problem using an online story creator.
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]
Subject: Mathematics (4)
Title: What's Your Question? Multiplication Word Problems
Description: Students will explore multiplication and word problems. They will work cooperatively to examine a story scenarioand list possible questions to develop a completed word problem and solve it using a variety of strategies. The students will also create a word problem using an online story creator.
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Title: Little Red Riding Hood's Journey to Grandma's
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The students will listen to the story of Little Red Riding Hood and work subtraction word problems connected to the story. The problems are related to distance traveled. They will work cooperatively with partners and share subtraction strategies with their peers. At the end of the lesson they will work a subtraction story problem and show strategies for solving.
Standard(s): [TC2] (35) 12: Create a product using digital tools.
Subject: Mathematics (4), or Technology Education (3  5)
Title: Little Red Riding Hood's Journey to Grandma's
Description: The students will listen to the story of Little Red Riding Hood and work subtraction word problems connected to the story. The problems are related to distance traveled. They will work cooperatively with partners and share subtraction strategies with their peers. At the end of the lesson they will work a subtraction story problem and show strategies for solving.
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Title: Nursery Rhyme Word Problems
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In this lesson students will create basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division word problems using common nursery rhymes. Students will distinguish the key elements of word problems and incorporate those elements into a nursery rhyme.
Standard(s): [TC2] (35) 12: Create a product using digital tools.
Subject: Mathematics (4), or Technology Education (3  5)
Title: Nursery Rhyme Word Problems
Description: In this lesson students will create basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division word problems using common nursery rhymes. Students will distinguish the key elements of word problems and incorporate those elements into a nursery rhyme.
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Title: All squared up!
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In this AMSTI 5 E lesson plan students will be engaged in an investigation to discover the patterns in squared numbers then be able to apply the concepts needed to evaluate the expression.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
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]
Subject: Mathematics (4)
Title: All squared up!
Description: In this AMSTI 5 E lesson plan students will be engaged in an investigation to discover the patterns in squared numbers then be able to apply the concepts needed to evaluate the expression.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
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Title: Exploring Prime Numbers
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Exploring Prime Numbers is a handson, mindson math lesson that engages students in the discovery of prime numbers through the construction of multiplication arrays. Students then extend on their background knowledge of multiples and their new understanding of prime and composite numbers to complete an Eratosthenes’ Sieve.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (5) 12: Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole, including cases of unlike denominators, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem. Use benchmark fractions and number sense of fractions to estimate mentally, and assess the reasonableness of answers. [5NF2]
Subject: Mathematics (4  5)
Title: Exploring Prime Numbers
Description: Exploring Prime Numbers is a handson, mindson math lesson that engages students in the discovery of prime numbers through the construction of multiplication arrays. Students then extend on their background knowledge of multiples and their new understanding of prime and composite numbers to complete an Eratosthenes’ Sieve.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
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Title: Math at Dinner!
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Each group of students will use word processing software to create a restaurant menu complete with food titles and prices. Groups will then exchange menus and use the menus to order a meal. Each student will total their meal, add 10% sales tax, 15% gratuity and figure their change from $20.00.
This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU Project.
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 (4), or Technology Education (3  5)
Title: Math at Dinner!
Description: Each group of students will use word processing software to create a restaurant menu complete with food titles and prices. Groups will then exchange menus and use the menus to order a meal. Each student will total their meal, add 10% sales tax, 15% gratuity and figure their change from $20.00.
This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU Project.
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Title: Fun with Problem Solving
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The object of this lesson is to teach students that problem solving can be interesting and fun. It is important to pay attention to what is asked and information that is in the problem.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) 8: Fluently multiply multidigit whole numbers using the standard algorithm. [5NBT5]
Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Mathematics (3  5), or Technology Education (3  5)
Title: Fun with Problem Solving
Description: The object of this lesson is to teach students that problem solving can be interesting and fun. It is important to pay attention to what is asked and information that is in the problem.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: Estimation Station
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During this lesson students will learn the difference between estimation and guessing. Knowing how to estimate is an essential skill that will help students determine approximate totals as well as check the reasonableness of their answer to a problem. After listening to the book Betcha by Stuart J. Murphy, the students will be given opportunities to practice the strategies that are presented. 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] (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]
Subject: Character Education (K  12), or Mathematics (3  4)
Title: Estimation Station
Description: During this lesson students will learn the difference between estimation and guessing. Knowing how to estimate is an essential skill that will help students determine approximate totals as well as check the reasonableness of their answer to a problem. After listening to the book Betcha by Stuart J. Murphy, the students will be given opportunities to practice the strategies that are presented. 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: Number Clues
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This lesson allows students to observe and participate in problem solving activites involving mystery numbers, clues, and characteristics of numbers.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] (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]
Subject: Mathematics (3  4)
Title: Number Clues
Description: This lesson allows students to observe and participate in problem solving activites involving mystery numbers, clues, and characteristics of numbers.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: Comparing Fuel Economy (adapted from CMP "Comparing and Scaling" Investigation 4.1)
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In this lesson students will explore rates. They will use the concept of rates to compute and compare fuel economy.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] (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]
Subject: Mathematics (4  7)
Title: Comparing Fuel Economy (adapted from CMP "Comparing and Scaling" Investigation 4.1)
Description: In this lesson students will explore rates. They will use the concept of rates to compute and compare fuel economy.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: Picture This
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In this lesson, from Illuminations, students compose number sentences based on mathematics stories and then conduct a survey to determine how various people interpret pictures mathematically. They analyze and summarize the data they collect, and draw conclusions from their findings.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (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: Picture This
Description: In this lesson, from Illuminations, students compose number sentences based on mathematics stories and then conduct a survey to determine how various people interpret pictures mathematically. They analyze and summarize the data they collect, and draw conclusions from their findings. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
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Title: Classroom Paper
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students investigate data in connection with recyclable materials and develop plans to help the environment. Students gather and graph information about their classroom paper use over a period of several days and then interpret graphical information and use the data as a basis for future planning.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (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,Science Title: Classroom Paper
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students investigate data in connection with recyclable materials and develop plans to help the environment. Students gather and graph information about their classroom paper use over a period of several days and then interpret graphical information and use the data as a basis for future planning. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5
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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: 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]
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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: 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

