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Title: Map This!
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Students will use mathematical and scientific tools to create a pictorial representation of their school grounds. Students will learn and use appropriate vocabulary for this task.
This is a College and CareerReady Standards showcase lesson plan.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (4) 21: Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in realworld and mathematical problems. [4MD3]
Subject: Mathematics (4)
Title: Map This!
Description: Students will use mathematical and scientific tools to create a pictorial representation of their school grounds. Students will learn and use appropriate vocabulary for this task.
This is a College and CareerReady Standards showcase lesson plan.
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Title: Students Only! No Teachers Aloud
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The students will be introduced to area and perimeter.The teacher will pose a reallife situation in which the students will have a chance to explore an actual section outside to determine the area and perimeter of a set location.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (4) 21: Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in realworld and mathematical problems. [4MD3]
Subject: Mathematics (3  4)
Title: Students Only! No Teachers Aloud
Description: The students will be introduced to area and perimeter.The teacher will pose a reallife situation in which the students will have a chance to explore an actual section outside to determine the area and perimeter of a set location.
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Title: Lighting Up the Room!
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Each group of students will measure the perimeter of a teacher's classroom. They will work to build and redesign the teacher's classroom to scale (2 feet = 1 inch) using a shoe box and other supplies. They will then wire that room using a series circuit complete with a switch. Each group will use video and digital cameras to document each step and then create a Photostory with a minimum of ten photos.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (4) 21: Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in realworld and mathematical problems. [4MD3]
Subject: Mathematics (4), or Credit Recovery Science (4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3  5)
Title: Lighting Up the Room!
Description: Each group of students will measure the perimeter of a teacher's classroom. They will work to build and redesign the teacher's classroom to scale (2 feet = 1 inch) using a shoe box and other supplies. They will then wire that room using a series circuit complete with a switch. Each group will use video and digital cameras to document each step and then create a Photostory with a minimum of ten photos.
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Title: Learning from LIMBO
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Using a limbo set, students will participate in learning about perimeter and area of a rectangle. Students will explore how the area and perimeter changes as the limbo pole is lowered.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (4) 21: Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in realworld and mathematical problems. [4MD3]
Subject: Mathematics (4)
Title: Learning from LIMBO
Description: Using a limbo set, students will participate in learning about perimeter and area of a rectangle. Students will explore how the area and perimeter changes as the limbo pole is lowered.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
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Title: Finding Area with a geoboard
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Students will use a geoboard to visualize the concept of square units, as well as measure with those units. They will also be able to visualize the formal formula to different polygons after working with this manipulative.
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Subject: Mathematics (3  4)
Title: Finding Area with a geoboard
Description: Students will use a geoboard to visualize the concept of square units, as well as measure with those units. They will also be able to visualize the formal formula to different polygons after working with this manipulative.
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Title: Abundant Area
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This is an inquiry and technologybased lesson that allows students to discover the relationship between perimeter and area. Students apply problemsolving strategies to solve the reallife problem posed in this lesson. This lesson may easily be divided into sections and completed over several days if needed.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (4) 21: Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in realworld and mathematical problems. [4MD3]
Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Mathematics (3  4), or Technology Education (3  5)
Title: Abundant Area
Description: This is an inquiry and technologybased lesson that allows students to discover the relationship between perimeter and area. Students apply problemsolving strategies to solve the reallife problem posed in this lesson. This lesson may easily be divided into sections and completed over several days if needed.
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Title: Finding Perimeter and Area
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students develop strategies for finding the perimeter and area for rectangles and triangles using geoboards and graph paper. They learn to appreciate how measurement is a critical component to planning and designing a clubhouse.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (4) 21: Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in realworld and mathematical problems. [4MD3]
Subject: Arts,Mathematics Title: Finding Perimeter and Area
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students develop strategies for finding the perimeter and area for rectangles and triangles using geoboards and graph paper. They learn to appreciate how measurement is a critical component to planning and designing a clubhouse. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
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Title: Another Look at Fractions of a Set
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students identify fractions in realworld contexts from a set of items that are not identical. Students develop skills in problemsolving and reasoning as they think about their set and how to create new sets given specific fractional characteristics.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (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 Title: Another Look at Fractions of a Set
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students identify fractions in realworld contexts from a set of items that are not identical. Students develop skills in problemsolving and reasoning as they think about their set and how to create new sets given specific fractional characteristics. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
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Title: Junior Architects
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In this unit of four lessons, from Illuminations, students learn basic architectural concepts such as using basic linear measurement, understanding and creating scale representations and exploring perimeter and area measurement as they design their own clubhouses. In addition, they identify, compare and analyze attributes of two and threedimensional shapes and develop geometry vocabulary.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (4) 21: Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in realworld and mathematical problems. [4MD3]
Subject: Arts,Mathematics Title: Junior Architects
Description: In this unit of four lessons, from Illuminations, students learn basic architectural concepts such as using basic linear measurement, understanding and creating scale representations and exploring perimeter and area measurement as they design their own clubhouses. In addition, they identify, compare and analyze attributes of two and threedimensional shapes and develop geometry vocabulary. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
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Title: Pitching Cards
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on the uses of numbers. The activities use the theme of games to develop concepts of measurement and statistics. Students are asked to measure distances using standard and nonstandard units and to record their measurement in various tables. They are then asked to use descriptive statistics to report the results.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (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: Pitching Cards
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on the uses of numbers. The activities use the theme of games to develop concepts of measurement and statistics. Students are asked to measure distances using standard and nonstandard units and to record their measurement in various tables. They are then asked to use descriptive statistics to report the results. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
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Title: Creating a TwoDimensional Blueprint
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students draw twodimensional blueprints, on graph paper, of clubhouses they have designed. They consider why architects use scale drawings and reflect on the challenging aspects of creating their blueprints.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (4) 21: Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in realworld and mathematical problems. [4MD3]
Subject: Arts,Mathematics Title: Creating a TwoDimensional Blueprint
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students draw twodimensional blueprints, on graph paper, of clubhouses they have designed. They consider why architects use scale drawings and reflect on the challenging aspects of creating their blueprints. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
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Title: Ten Marks Personalized Math
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http://www.tenmarks.com/ Standard(s):
[MA2015] (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] Digital Tool Description: Ten Marks provides multiple choice questions for students in 2nd grade through Geometry. With a minimum of ten math subtopics per grade level, this tool can be used as an whole group or individual. The teacher manages the assignments and is able to view individualized reports. Students are guided through questions and have on screen access to audio/video instruction. When the assignment is complete, students receive immediate feedback and explanations for review. Access is available 24 hours/day, seven days per week.
Title: Ten Marks Personalized Math Digital Tool: Ten Marks Digital Tool Description: Ten Marks provides multiple choice questions for students in 2nd grade through Geometry. With a minimum of ten math subtopics per grade level, this tool can be used as an whole group or individual. The teacher manages the assignments and is able to view individualized reports. Students are guided through questions and have on screen access to audio/video instruction. When the assignment is complete, students receive immediate feedback and explanations for review. Access is available 24 hours/day, seven days per week.
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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): [MA2015] (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): [MA2015] (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: Factorize
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This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to visually explore the concept of factors by creating rectangular arrays with an area equal to the product of the factors. They can choose whether or not to use the commutative property when identifying factors.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (6) 5: Fluently divide multidigit numbers using the standard algorithm. [6NS2]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Factorize
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to visually explore the concept of factors by creating rectangular arrays with an area equal to the product of the factors. They can choose whether or not to use the commutative property when identifying factors. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8
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Title: Interactive Geometry Dictionary: Areas in Geometry
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This student interactive, from Illuminations, demonstrates how to find the area of three common shapes. Interactive investigations demonstrate finding the area of a rectangle, parallelogram, and triangle.
Standard(s): [MA2015] GEO (912) 12: Make formal geometric constructions with a variety of tools and methods such as compass and straightedge, string, reflective devices, paper folding, and dynamic geometric software. Constructions include copying a segment; copying an angle; bisecting a segment; bisecting an angle; constructing perpendicular lines, including the perpendicular bisector of a line segment; and constructing a line parallel to a given line through a point not on the line. [GCO12]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Interactive Geometry Dictionary: Areas in Geometry
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, demonstrates how to find the area of three common shapes. Interactive investigations demonstrate finding the area of a rectangle, parallelogram, and triangle. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8

