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Title: Let's Go Shopping
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Students will be given a task card stating how to spend a certain amount of money. Students must look through sale papers, find the items to purchase, add the totals, multiply quantities, subtract from the total, and write a check to purchase the items.
This is a College and CareerReady Standards showcase lesson plan.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 9: Fluently add and subtract multidigit whole numbers using the standard algorithm. [4NBT4]
Subject: Mathematics (4)
Title: Let's Go Shopping
Description: Students will be given a task card stating how to spend a certain amount of money. Students must look through sale papers, find the items to purchase, add the totals, multiply quantities, subtract from the total, and write a check to purchase the items.
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): [MA2013] (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: 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: 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: The Mean, Median, and Mode Chain Gang
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Cooperative learning groups and chain links are used to find the mean, median, and mode. A Science NetLinks lesson is linked for further reallife application in the world of baseball (optional). 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] (6) 29: Summarize numerical data sets in relation to their context, such as by: [6SP5]
Subject: Mathematics (4  6)
Title: The Mean, Median, and Mode Chain Gang
Description: Cooperative learning groups and chain links are used to find the mean, median, and mode. A Science NetLinks lesson is linked for further reallife application in the world of baseball (optional). 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: ThreeDigit Subtraction
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This lesson uses technology and literature to teach subtraction of threedigit numbers, including subtraction across zeros.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (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: It’s My Party!
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Students will learn the value of money by planning their own birthday party. By using the Internet and a calculator, students will be given the opportunity for a practical reallife opportunity to solve a problem related to money exchange.
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), or Technology Education (3  5)
Title: It’s My Party!
Description: Students will learn the value of money by planning their own birthday party. By using the Internet and a calculator, students will be given the opportunity for a practical reallife opportunity to solve a problem related to money exchange.
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Title: Dream Vacation
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This unit teaches students to plan a trip with an itinerary, remain within a budget, and work cooperatively. It is a technologybased project that combines a study of mathematics, economics, geography, and social studies.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 9: Fluently add and subtract multidigit whole numbers using the standard algorithm. [4NBT4]
Subject: Information Literacy (K  12), or Mathematics (4  5), or Technology Education (3  5)
Title: Dream Vacation
Description: This unit teaches students to plan a trip with an itinerary, remain within a budget, and work cooperatively. It is a technologybased project that combines a study of mathematics, economics, geography, and social studies.
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):
[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]
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: Family Time: What Does it Cost? PBL
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This is a unit plan that requires students to create a family vacation plan, a budget, and a schedule. Minilessons are included for prerequisite skills. Rubrics are also included.
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]
Family Time: What Does it Cost? PBL
http://wveis.k12.wv....
This is a unit plan that requires students to create a family vacation plan, a budget, and a schedule. Minilessons are included for prerequisite skills. Rubrics are also included.
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Title: Show Me How to Subtract with Regrouping
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This is a stepbystep video demonstrating how to subtract 2digit numbers with regrouping. It includes demonstrations with base 10 units.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 9: Fluently add and subtract multidigit whole numbers using the standard algorithm. [4NBT4]
Show Me How to Subtract with Regrouping
http://www.mathplayg...
This is a stepbystep video demonstrating how to subtract 2digit numbers with regrouping. It includes demonstrations with base 10 units.
Interactives/Games
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Title: FunBrain  Math Baseball
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For this interactive game, FUNBRAIN gives the student a math problem. The student enters the answer to the problem and hits the "Swing" button. If the answer is correct, the student will get a hit. FUNBRAIN will decide if the hit is a single, double, triple, or home run based on the difficulty of the problem. If the answer is wrong, the student will get an out. The game is over after three outs. One or 2 players may play and problems are available for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or all of the above.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 11: Find wholenumber quotients and remainders with up to fourdigit dividends and onedigit 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. [4NBT6]
FunBrain  Math Baseball
http://www.funbrain....
For this interactive game, FUNBRAIN gives the student a math problem. The student enters the answer to the problem and hits the "Swing" button. If the answer is correct, the student will get a hit. FUNBRAIN will decide if the hit is a single, double, triple, or home run based on the difficulty of the problem. If the answer is wrong, the student will get an out. The game is over after three outs. One or 2 players may play and problems are available for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or all of the above.
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Title: Ken Ken Puzzles
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Free online puzzles, cool math games, number games, educational games for kids. Try the mobile app on iPhone and iPad or the Kindle version. Regardless of why, how, or where you play, KenKen are the math puzzles that make you smarter!
Standard(s): [MA2013] (6) 5: Fluently divide multidigit numbers using the standard algorithm. [6NS2]
Ken Ken Puzzles
http://www.kenken.co...
Free online puzzles, cool math games, number games, educational games for kids. Try the mobile app on iPhone and iPad or the Kindle version. Regardless of why, how, or where you play, KenKen are the math puzzles that make you smarter!
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Title: FunBrain  Math Baseball
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For this interactive game, FUNBRAIN gives the student a math problem. The student enters the answer to the problem and hits the "Swing" button. If the answer is correct, the student will get a hit. FUNBRAIN will decide if the hit is a single, double, triple, or home run based on the difficulty of the problem. If the answer is wrong, the student will get an out. The game is over after three outs. One or 2 players may play and problems are available for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or all of the above.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 11: Find wholenumber quotients and remainders with up to fourdigit dividends and onedigit 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. [4NBT6]
FunBrain  Math Baseball
http://www.funbrain....
For this interactive game, FUNBRAIN gives the student a math problem. The student enters the answer to the problem and hits the "Swing" button. If the answer is correct, the student will get a hit. FUNBRAIN will decide if the hit is a single, double, triple, or home run based on the difficulty of the problem. If the answer is wrong, the student will get an out. The game is over after three outs. One or 2 players may play and problems are available for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or all of the above.
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Title: Ken Ken Puzzles
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Free online puzzles, cool math games, number games, educational games for kids. Try the mobile app on iPhone and iPad or the Kindle version. Regardless of why, how, or where you play, KenKen are the math puzzles that make you smarter!
Standard(s): [MA2013] (6) 5: Fluently divide multidigit numbers using the standard algorithm. [6NS2]
Ken Ken Puzzles
http://www.kenken.co...
Free online puzzles, cool math games, number games, educational games for kids. Try the mobile app on iPhone and iPad or the Kindle version. Regardless of why, how, or where you play, KenKen are the math puzzles that make you smarter!
Thinkfinity Informational Materials
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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
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): [MA2013] (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): [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: 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): [MA2013] (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

