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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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Subject: Mathematics (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Multiplication My Way
Description: In this lesson, students will explore the US Algorithm Method of multiplication using a unique way of describing it known as the Turtlehead Method.  Students will collaboratively work together to complete story problems using the US Algorithm Method of multiplication to solve two-digit by two-digit multiplication problems.


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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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Subject: Mathematics (4 - 6)
Title: Miss Integer finds her properties in order.
Description: A lesson on: Order of Operations, Integers, Numerical Sentences, and Absolute Value.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 (4 - 5)
Title: Area Model of Multiplication Using Base 10 Manipulatives
Description: Students will use base 10 manipulatives to build a rectangular array to represent double digit multiplication. Students will make the connection between the standard algorithm and the rectangular array.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: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: Modeling Multiplication with Rows and Columns     
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, encourages students to explore the array model of multiplication. Students make arrays with counters and then create a second concrete example of the array model using toothpicks. They also write problems that involve multiplication. A children s book is suggested to connect multiplication with children s literature. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Finding Products     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students examine the role of commutativity and the multiplicative identity, play a multiplication game, and explore products where one of the factors is 6. They also create a personal multiplication chart.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



ALEX Podcasts


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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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Lattice Multiplication
Overview:
"Lattice Multiplication" is another strategy to help multiplication make sense.  Fourth grade students demonstrate and explain the steps of lattice multiplication.


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Lesson Plans


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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. Mini-lessons are included for pre-requisite skills. Rubrics are also included.

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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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Factortris
http://hotmath.com/h...
This interactive game requires students to create a rectangle with area of the number given.

Learning Activities


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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.

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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