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Interactives/Games (3) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (7) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
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Subject: Mathematics (4 - 5)
Title: Pacaderms, Pennies, and Pasta
Description: After learning of a historical event in which elephants were used to test out the Brooklyn Bridge, students construct their own bridge using very basic materials. Students weigh different items to determine the weight their bridge can withstand without collapsing.


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Subject: Education and Training (7), or Mathematics (4)
Title: Become a "ruler" of the ruler!
Description: In order to practice basic sewing skills, students must be able to read and use a ruler for a variety of tasks. In this hands-on lesson, students will work collaboratively to demonstrate their mastery of how to read "English" units of measurements (inches). Students will learn how to read both 1/8" and 1/16" measurements through the use of yardsticks, rulers, and flexible measuring tape. This lesson can be used as part of a unit or as a remediation for students who will be using a ruler on assignments and projects. 


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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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Subject: Mathematics (3 - 4)
Title: The Elves Go On Strike!
Description: Students will use their knowledge of elapsed time to determine if certain elves should receive a bonus. They will work cooperatively with groups to calculate elapsed time and present and justify their findings to their classmates.


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Subject: Mathematics (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Cows on the Clock
Description: In this lesson students will calculate elapsed time using the storybook Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin. Students will identify the time pasted between two given times in a.m. and p.m.


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Subject: Mathematics (4 - 5)
Title: Sky High
Description: Students will work together, implementing problem-solving strategies to complete a building challenge. The group will be given a budget and materials to construct a structurally sound skyscraper. The students will purchase materials, build, and measure their structure.


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Subject: Mathematics (3 - 4)
Title: Calculating Elapsed Time with Time Rulers
Description: Students will explore their prior knowledge of time, discuss fractional parts of an hour, and use a specialized time ruler to calculate elapsed time for real life situations.    This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.


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Subject: Mathematics (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Time Flies By!
Description: Students will review time by representing given times on their classroom clock.  They will then work individually or with a partner to explore elapsed time problems using a clock and interactive software.  This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.


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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, GEMS-U Project.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Mathematics (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: I'm Into Money!!!
Description: Many students come to third grade needing to review and/or be retaught counting money and making change.  This lesson will begin with a review of counting money.  It will then introduce making change.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


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Subject: Mathematics (4)
Title: Pigs and Money
Description: After reading the book "Pigs Will Be Pigs" by Amy Axelrod, students will practice how to add money. They will practice how to spend money without spending more than they have in their budget.


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Subject: Mathematics (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Room Budget
Description: During this technology-based lesson, students learn the importance of planning a project while focusing on a budget. They focus on money and calculation skills to help them stay within the budget. Students use Internet sites to locate the information they need to design a new room.


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Subject: Mathematics (1 - 4), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: It's About Time
Description: During this lesson students gain an understanding of an analog clock and a digital clock. Students watch a movie that explains the importance of time. Students make a clock, see how it works, and complete activities that demonstrate understanding of the concepts covered.


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Subject: Mathematics (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Writing Decimals
Description: This lesson gets students involved through the use of the calculator and computers. Students will have the opportunity to use calculators and computers to demonstrate knowledge of decimal place value and how to write decimal numbers to the tenth and hundredths place.


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Subject: Mathematics (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Too Much Paper; Too Few Trees?
Description: A common phrase that both teachers and students often hear when using paper is "there goes another tree." In this lesson, students will use various math skills to determine the number of trees we actually use as paper in a school year. Students will also create a clinometer to measure trees, use the Internet to research the paper-making process, and make paper.


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Subject: Mathematics (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: My Math Curse!
Description: Math is a part of our everyday life. Fifth grade students discover how math can help us at home, the store, etc. By exploring the Internet, students practice solving problems they may encounter in life. Their imagination is the limit when they create their own real life problems for their friends to solve.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or English Language Arts (4), or Mathematics (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: HeartLine Express
Description: During this lesson, students will plan and execute a week-long school-wide valentine sales business. From the Grand Plan to job applications, interviews, valentine production, advertising, sales and profits students are immersed in the job experience and using a variety of math skills.


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Subject: Mathematics (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Elapsed Time: Planning a Field Trip
Description: The focus of this mathematics unit is on students planning for a trip to Montgomery. Students will have the opportunity to calculate elapsed time as well as the cost of different activities. Students will navigate the Internet to learn more about Montgomery and complete different tasks assigned during the lesson.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or English Language Arts (5), or Mathematics (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Comparing Modes of Transportation
Description: In this lesson students will visit different websites in order to decide the best mode of transportation from their home town to New York City. Students will graph the results and write a persuasive paper.


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Subject: Mathematics (3 - 5), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Water Cycle
Description: During this lesson, students will learn that water is constantly being recycled through the atmosphere and how this affects us. Students will explore the water cycle on the Internet. Students create different types of weather situations to see how the water cycle works. Mathematics skills will be used to determine results from the observations.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Mathematics (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Time Flies
Description: This lesson plan is one of the first in a unit on telling time which addresses the following content areas: language arts, math, science, social studies, and technology. Students will read several resource books to gather information. They will then sequence information in a timeline. The final project will be a slideshow presentation.


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Subject: Mathematics (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Kids and Money
Description: This lesson is used to show students how a bank pays interest to people who deposit money into it and charges interest to people who borrow money from it.


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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 technology-based project that combines a study of mathematics, economics, geography, and social studies.


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Subject: Mathematics (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Elapsed Time
Description: Students will discover and practice finding elapsed time using student clocks.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (2 - 4)
Title: Money Management
Description: This month-long experience educates students in differentiating between needs and wants, how to budget resources, and to gain an understanding of the workings of a capitalist society.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Planning a Trip to Disneyland or Disney World, Part Two     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, student groups use data collected in the previous lesson to plan a trip to Disneyland or Disney World. Students determine not only elapsed time and distance, but extend their problem-solving to figuring meals, lodging, air travel, and incidentals. As they tackle this more complex task. Teachers have opportunity to observe students growing competence with methods and tools for computation, estimation, problem-posing and solving, interpretation of graphical representations, measuring with standard units, and responding to investigations that require the comparison of data sets.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Planning a Trip to the State Capitol     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, student groups plan a trip to the state capitol. Using the skills they developed in the previous lessons, students determine not only elapsed time and distance, but extend their problem-solving to figuring meals and lodging costs. As they tackle this more complex task, teachers have the opportunity to observe students growing competence, including which variables students attend to, if students can find distances from a map, if students can find elapsed time, and if students can use elapsed time to plan a schedule.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Problem-Solving Tasks     
Description: This reproducible activity, from an Illuminations lesson, leads students through a series of exercises and questions pertaining to the construction of an originally-designed clubhouse. They are asked to consider how much paint they will need to cover the walls, what they will need to do to make a mosaic floor pattern, what materials they will need for the roof and more.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: My Measurements     
Description: This reproducible activity sheet, from an Illuminations lesson, leads students through the process of measuring various parts of their bodies.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Understanding Distance, Speed, and Time Relationships     
Description: In this two-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students use a software simulation of two runners along a track. Students can control the speeds and starting points of the runners, watch the race and examine a graph of the time-versus-distance relationship. They examine graphs of related data and investigate scenarios involving constant rates of change.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Planning a Class Field Trip     
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, focuses students attention on the variables used in planning trips. It captures students interest, provides a review of the primary unit objectives, and assesses students prior knowledge. This experience enables students to consider the variables that must be accounted for in planning a class field trip.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Planning a Class Trip to a Local Attraction     
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, encourages students to work in groups and apply their knowledge about a trip in a new context. Students plan a trip to a local attraction such as a museum, a site of historical or scientific significance, or a business. They research times the attraction is open and its distance from the school and then prepare a schedule to be displayed as they solve an open-ended problem involving distance and time.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Presenting the Plan for a Class Trip     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, student groups present the plans they developed in the previous lesson. This provides the teacher an opportunity to review students attainment of the primary unit objectives and to assess students current knowledge and skill level. This experience focuses students attention on the mathematics needed in planning a short trip.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Inch by Inch     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part 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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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Clothing Sizes     
Description: This reproducible worksheet, from an Illuminations lesson, prompts students to analyze measurements of their body, specifically as they relate to clothing sizes.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Makeshift Measurements: Student Reproducible     
Description: This reproducible chart, from an Illuminations lesson, prompts students to measure and record the length and width of several common items that come in standard sizes, such as envelopes, paper, etc.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Mathematics and Football: Unit Overview     
Description: In this five-lesson 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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Multiplication -Place Value Strategy
Overview:
Fourth grade students will explain the process and steps of an alternative way to solve multiplication problems.  Students will explore this alternative algorithm that focuses on place value.  Students will use their place value knowledge in order to break apart each number and solve for a product. Students will also use their knowledge of arrays to organize the steps of the problem.  


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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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New School Brochure PBL
http://wveis.k12.wv....
This is a project-based learning unit plan that requires students to create a brochure of their school after surveying the school layout, gathering data, and calculating time and distance required to travel across the campus.

Interactives/Games


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Keep the Change
http://www.apples4th...
This activity challenges students to determine the amount of change needed to make the given dollar amount.

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Matching Math Decimals: Addition
http://www.sheppards...
Students practice adding decimals in a game type format. The students may chose a relaxed mode or a fast timed mode.

Learning Activities


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Money Worksheets
http://worksheets.th...
The Web site allows teachers to make money worksheets. The teacher selects which coins and/or bills to include on each worksheet.

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Keep the Change
http://www.apples4th...
This activity challenges students to determine the amount of change needed to make the given dollar amount.

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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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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Cubes     
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, helps students explore the volume of a box based on the amount of unit cubes that can fit inside of it. They are prompted to come up with a rule for determining the volume of a box when its width, depth, and height are known.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Concentration     
Description: This student interactive from Illuminations allows students to play the classic game of Concentration by themselves or against a friend. The interactive can be used to review numbers, shapes, multiplication facts, fractions, decimals, and percents.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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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



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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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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Histogram Tool     
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to create a customized histogram as well as display pre-set histograms for various data sets. The tool also allows students to see a frequency table, adjust the interval, and view the median and standard deviation of a data set.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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