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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): [MA2013] (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: Clock Fractions
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Students find fractions that represent the rotation of one hand around a clock face. They learn what equivalent fractions are and how to find them. This leads to an understanding of simplifying fractions once students start to add fractions together. Finally, students will use these fractions to add them together to find the total movement around the clock.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) 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: Clock Fractions
Description: Students find fractions that represent the rotation of one hand around a clock face. They learn what equivalent fractions are and how to find them. This leads to an understanding of simplifying fractions once students start to add fractions together. Finally, students will use these fractions to add them together to find the total movement around the clock.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: Numerator/Denominator Introduction
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This is an introductory lesson on numerators and denominators. Students will have the opportunity to practice dividing using handson activities.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 14: Understand a fraction ^{a}/_{b} with a > 1 as a sum of fractions ^{1}/_{b}. [4NF3]
Subject: Mathematics (3  4), or Technology Education (3  5)
Title: Numerator/Denominator Introduction
Description: This is an introductory lesson on numerators and denominators. Students will have the opportunity to practice dividing using handson activities.
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Title: Probability Paper Bags
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The students will use paper bags with color tiles to calculate probability of colors. This is a fun activity to use with the students. The objectives of probability are taught in a nonthreatening way.
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: Probability Paper Bags
Description: The students will use paper bags with color tiles to calculate probability of colors. This is a fun activity to use with the students. The objectives of probability are taught in a nonthreatening way.
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Title: Communicating about Mathematics Using Games
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The mathematical game in this fourlesson unit from Illuminations fosters mathematical communication as students explain and justify their moves to one another. In addition, the game motivates students and engages them in thinking about and applying concepts and skills.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 13: Compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators, e.g., by creating common denominators or numerators or by comparing to a benchmark fraction such as ^{1}/_{2}. Recognize that comparisons are valid only when the two fractions refer to the same whole. Record the results of comparisons with symbols >, =, or <, and justify the conclusions, e.g., by using a visual fraction model. [4NF2]
Subject: Mathematics,Professional Development Title: Communicating about Mathematics Using Games
Description: The mathematical game in this fourlesson unit from Illuminations fosters mathematical communication as students explain and justify their moves to one another. In addition, the game motivates students and engages them in thinking about and applying concepts and skills. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
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Title: Fun with Fractions
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In this sevenlesson unit from Illuminations, students explore relationships among fractions through work with the set model. This early work with fraction relationships helps students make sense of basic fraction concepts and facilitates work with comparing and ordering fractions and working with equivalency.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (5) 11: Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators (including mixed numbers) by replacing given fractions with equivalent fractions in such a way as to produce an equivalent sum or difference of fractions with like denominators. [5NF1]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Fun with Fractions
Description: In this sevenlesson unit from Illuminations, students explore relationships among fractions through work with the set model. This early work with fraction relationships helps students make sense of basic fraction concepts and facilitates work with comparing and ordering fractions and working with equivalency. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
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Title: Expanding Our Pattern Block Fraction Repertoire
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students expand the number of fractions they can represent with pattern blocks by increasing the whole. Instead of representing the whole with one yellow hexagon, the students explore fractional relationships when two, three, and four yellow hexagons constitute the whole.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 13: Compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators, e.g., by creating common denominators or numerators or by comparing to a benchmark fraction such as ^{1}/_{2}. Recognize that comparisons are valid only when the two fractions refer to the same whole. Record the results of comparisons with symbols >, =, or <, and justify the conclusions, e.g., by using a visual fraction model. [4NF2]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Expanding Our Pattern Block Fraction Repertoire
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students expand the number of fractions they can represent with pattern blocks by increasing the whole. Instead of representing the whole with one yellow hexagon, the students explore fractional relationships when two, three, and four yellow hexagons constitute the whole. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
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Title: More Fun with Fraction Strips
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students work with fraction strips to compare and order fractions. Building on work done with fraction relationships in a previous lesson, students develop skills in problem solving and reasoning as they make connections between various fractions.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 13: Compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators, e.g., by creating common denominators or numerators or by comparing to a benchmark fraction such as ^{1}/_{2}. Recognize that comparisons are valid only when the two fractions refer to the same whole. Record the results of comparisons with symbols >, =, or <, and justify the conclusions, e.g., by using a visual fraction model. [4NF2]
Subject: Mathematics Title: More Fun with Fraction Strips
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students work with fraction strips to compare and order fractions. Building on work done with fraction relationships in a previous lesson, students develop skills in problem solving and reasoning as they make connections between various fractions. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
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Title: Inch by Inch
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students use an actual ruler to represent various fractions as lengths. This lesson builds on work done in a previous lesson with nonstandard measurement as students use a standard instrument to measure a variety of items. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
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: Inch by Inch
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students use an actual ruler to represent various fractions as lengths. This lesson builds on work done in a previous lesson with nonstandard measurement as students use a standard instrument to measure a variety of items. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
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Title: The Variable Machine
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This Illuminations lesson provides an introduction to the use of variables. Students explore the idea of variable as a symbol that can stand for any member of a set of numbers, and they substitute numbers for variables (letters) to discover unknown values.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (5) 6: Read, write, and compare decimals to thousandths. [5NBT3]
Subject: Mathematics Title: The Variable Machine
Description: This Illuminations lesson provides an introduction to the use of variables. Students explore the idea of variable as a symbol that can stand for any member of a set of numbers, and they substitute numbers for variables (letters) to discover unknown values. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
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Title: Interactive Fraction Comparisons
Digital Tool:
Illuminations:Fraction Game Web Address URL:
http://illuminations.nctm.org/ActivityDetail.aspx?ID=18 Standard(s):
[MA2013] (5) 11: Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators (including mixed numbers) by replacing given fractions with equivalent fractions in such a way as to produce an equivalent sum or difference of fractions with like denominators. [5NF1] Digital Tool Description: This interactive game allows students to practice finding equivalent fractions, and adding fractions
Title: Interactive Fraction Comparisons Digital Tool: Illuminations:Fraction Game Digital Tool Description: This interactive game allows students to practice finding equivalent fractions, and adding fractions
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Title: Online Assessments
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This site is a group of online assessments for math, science, vocabulary, and geography. This is a free service for teachers who want to replace paper tests with online testing. Teachers must create a free account to utilize this site. Account includes an online grade book providing fast analysis of class and individual student progress, an exchange for teachers to share the resources they create, a skills site for students, especially useful for math practice and testing.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (7) 1: Compute unit rates associated with ratios of fractions, including ratios of lengths, areas, and other quantities measured in like or different units. [7RP1]
Online Assessments
http://www.thatquiz....
This site is a group of online assessments for math, science, vocabulary, and geography. This is a free service for teachers who want to replace paper tests with online testing. Teachers must create a free account to utilize this site. Account includes an online grade book providing fast analysis of class and individual student progress, an exchange for teachers to share the resources they create, a skills site for students, especially useful for math practice and testing.
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Title: A Spooky Math Game: Only Math Will Set You Free
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In this interactive math game, Cleo the Cat has wandered into the mysterious and spooky Fraction Manor. The resident scientist, Dr. Fractionstein, sees this as an opportunity to test his new puzzles. Cleo is trapped inside until the fraction puzzles are solved. The student's job is to use fraction skills to help Cleo escape Fraction Manor. There are several puzzle cards at each level.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (5) 13: Interpret a fraction as division of the numerator by the denominator (^{a}/_{b} = a ÷ b). Solve word problems involving division of whole numbers leading to answers in the form of fractions or mixed numbers, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem. [5NF3]
A Spooky Math Game: Only Math Will Set You Free
http://www.mathplayg...
In this interactive math game, Cleo the Cat has wandered into the mysterious and spooky Fraction Manor. The resident scientist, Dr. Fractionstein, sees this as an opportunity to test his new puzzles. Cleo is trapped inside until the fraction puzzles are solved. The student's job is to use fraction skills to help Cleo escape Fraction Manor. There are several puzzle cards at each level.
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Title: Virtual Manipulatives
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Teacherled app that compares fractions, decimals, & percents in a concrete way.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (6) 6: Fluently add, subtract, multiply, and divide multidigit decimals using the standard algorithm for each operation. [6NS3]
Virtual Manipulatives
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Teacherled app that compares fractions, decimals, & percents in a concrete way.
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Title: Dirt Bike Proportion/Fractions
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In this online game, students race dirt bikes by filling in the blank to the missing digit of the equivalent fraction. Correct answers will make the bike go faster.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 13: Compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators, e.g., by creating common denominators or numerators or by comparing to a benchmark fraction such as ^{1}/_{2}. Recognize that comparisons are valid only when the two fractions refer to the same whole. Record the results of comparisons with symbols >, =, or <, and justify the conclusions, e.g., by using a visual fraction model. [4NF2]
Dirt Bike Proportion/Fractions
http://www.hoodamath...
In this online game, students race dirt bikes by filling in the blank to the missing digit of the equivalent fraction. Correct answers will make the bike go faster.
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Title: Proteacher Collection: Fractions
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This Web site contains comments and ideas for teaching fractions.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 14: Understand a fraction ^{a}/_{b} with a > 1 as a sum of fractions ^{1}/_{b}. [4NF3]
Proteacher Collection: Fractions
http://www.proteache...
This Web site contains comments and ideas for teaching fractions.
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Title: Online Assessments
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This site is a group of online assessments for math, science, vocabulary, and geography. This is a free service for teachers who want to replace paper tests with online testing. Teachers must create a free account to utilize this site. Account includes an online grade book providing fast analysis of class and individual student progress, an exchange for teachers to share the resources they create, a skills site for students, especially useful for math practice and testing.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (7) 1: Compute unit rates associated with ratios of fractions, including ratios of lengths, areas, and other quantities measured in like or different units. [7RP1]
Online Assessments
http://www.thatquiz....
This site is a group of online assessments for math, science, vocabulary, and geography. This is a free service for teachers who want to replace paper tests with online testing. Teachers must create a free account to utilize this site. Account includes an online grade book providing fast analysis of class and individual student progress, an exchange for teachers to share the resources they create, a skills site for students, especially useful for math practice and testing.
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Title: Virtual Manipulatives
Description:
Teacherled app that compares fractions, decimals, & percents in a concrete way.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (6) 6: Fluently add, subtract, multiply, and divide multidigit decimals using the standard algorithm for each operation. [6NS3]
Virtual Manipulatives
https://itunes.apple...
Teacherled app that compares fractions, decimals, & percents in a concrete way.
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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
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Title: Calculation Nation
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Become a citizen of Calculation Nation! Play online math strategy games to learn about fractions, factors, multiples, symmetry and more, as well as practice important skills like basic multiplication and calculating area! Calculation Nation uses the power of the Web to let students challenge themselves and opponents from anywhere in the world. The element of competition adds an extra layer of excitement.
Standard(s): [MA2013] DM1 (912) 1: Analyze topics from elementary number theory, including perfect numbers and prime numbers, to determine properties of integers. (Alabama)
Subject: Mathematics Title: Calculation Nation
Description: Become a citizen of Calculation Nation! Play online math strategy games to learn about fractions, factors, multiples, symmetry and more, as well as practice important skills like basic multiplication and calculating area! Calculation Nation uses the power of the Web to let students challenge themselves and opponents from anywhere in the world. The element of competition adds an extra layer of excitement. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Title: Fraction Models
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This student interactive, from Illuminations, explores several representations for fractions using adjustable numerators and denominators. Students can see decimal and percent equivalents, as well as a model that represents each fraction.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (7) 5: Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division and of fractions to multiply and divide rational numbers. [7NS2]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Fraction Models
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, explores several representations for fractions using adjustable numerators and denominators. Students can see decimal and percent equivalents, as well as a model that represents each fraction. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8
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Title: Fraction Game
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This student interactive, from Illuminations, simulates a flash card fraction game. Students flip cards one at a time and try to match the values to the given number lines.
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: Fraction Game
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, simulates a flash card fraction game. Students flip cards one at a time and try to match the values to the given number lines. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8

