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Title: Lay It on the Line
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This lesson allows students to explore their surroundings to locate and prove the presence of perpendicular lines. Students will use the corner of a ruler as a tester to determine right angles contained in classroom items. It can be included in a unit on geometry and measurement.
This is a College and CareerReady Standards showcase lesson plan.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 27: Classify twodimensional figures based on the presence or absence of parallel or perpendicular lines or the presence or absence of angles of a specified size. Recognize right triangles as a category, and identify right triangles. [4G2]
Subject: Mathematics (4)
Title: Lay It on the Line
Description: This lesson allows students to explore their surroundings to locate and prove the presence of perpendicular lines. Students will use the corner of a ruler as a tester to determine right angles contained in classroom items. It can be included in a unit on geometry and measurement.
This is a College and CareerReady Standards showcase lesson plan.
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Title: Pizza Problems: An Angle Investigation
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This investigative lesson allows students to identify angle measurements as part of a larger angle. Students will deconstruct 180 degree angles into equal parts.
This is a College and CareerReady Standards showcase lesson plan.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 25: Recognize angle measure as additive. When an angle is decomposed into nonoverlapping parts, the angle measure of the whole is the sum of the angle measures of the parts. Solve addition and subtraction problems to find unknown angles on a diagram in realworld or mathematical problems, e.g., by using an equation with a symbol for the unknown angle measure. [4MD7]
Subject: Mathematics (4)
Title: Pizza Problems: An Angle Investigation
Description: This investigative lesson allows students to identify angle measurements as part of a larger angle. Students will deconstruct 180 degree angles into equal parts.
This is a College and CareerReady Standards showcase lesson plan.
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Title: Talking in Circles
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The students will identify parts of the circle including center, radius, diameter, chord, and arc.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 23: Recognize angles as geometric shapes that are formed wherever two rays share a common endpoint, and understand concepts of angle measurement. [4MD5]
Subject: Mathematics (4)
Title: Talking in Circles
Description: The students will identify parts of the circle including center, radius, diameter, chord, and arc.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
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Title: Weight vs. Capacity
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This lesson will introduce students to measuring weight, mass, volume, and capacity using metric and cutomary units.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
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: English Language Arts (3), or Mathematics (3  5), or Technology Education (3  5)
Title: Weight vs. Capacity
Description: This lesson will introduce students to measuring weight, mass, volume, and capacity using metric and cutomary units.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
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Title: $100 Picture
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This is a lesson where collaborative learning groups are used to explore perimeter and area of an irregular figure using pattern blocks. This lesson should be used after students have already had some experience with finding the perimeter and area of a figure.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU Project.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (5) 14: Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication to multiply a fraction or whole number by a fraction. [5NF4]
Subject: Mathematics (3  5), or Technology Education (3  5)
Title: $100 Picture
Description: This is a lesson where collaborative learning groups are used to explore perimeter and area of an irregular figure using pattern blocks. This lesson should be used after students have already had some experience with finding the perimeter and area of a figure.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU Project.
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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: Building with Triangles
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This unit of four lessons, from Illuminations, focuses on triangles and their properties. Each investigation begins with an openended question that challenges students to become actively involved in mathematical experiments, ideas, discussions, manipulative materials, tools, and techniques.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 27: Classify twodimensional figures based on the presence or absence of parallel or perpendicular lines or the presence or absence of angles of a specified size. Recognize right triangles as a category, and identify right triangles. [4G2]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Building with Triangles
Description: This unit of four lessons, from Illuminations, focuses on triangles and their properties. Each investigation begins with an openended question that challenges students to become actively involved in mathematical experiments, ideas, discussions, manipulative materials, tools, and techniques. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8
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Title: Geography of Pizza
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In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students analyze Earth's surface according to the spatial elements of points, lines, and areas, and use a simple map to identify features in terms of spatial elements. This lesson uses a pizza restaurant to introduce these components to students, e.g., the location of a restaurant (point), roads and sidewalks (lines), and the city blocks or the region served by a restaurant (area).
Standard(s): [SS2010] GHS (3) 8: Identify geographic links of land regions, river systems, and interstate highways between Alabama and other states. (Alabama)
Subject: Mathematics  Applied Mathematics  Social Studies  Geography Title: Geography of Pizza
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students analyze Earth's surface according to the spatial elements of points, lines, and areas, and use a simple map to identify features in terms of spatial elements. This lesson uses a pizza restaurant to introduce these components to students, e.g., the location of a restaurant (point), roads and sidewalks (lines), and the city blocks or the region served by a restaurant (area). Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education Grade Span: 3,4,5
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Title: Clothing Sizes
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This reproducible worksheet, from an Illuminations lesson, prompts students to analyze measurements of their body, specifically as they relate to clothing sizes.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (5) 20: Recognize volume as an attribute of solid figures, and understand concepts of volume measurement. [5MD3]
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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Title: Constructing a ThreeDimensional Model
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students build a three dimensional model of a clubhouse from two dimensional blueprints designed in an earlier lesson. In addition, they solve problems related to constructing and decorating their clubhouse.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 26: Draw points, lines, line segments, rays, angles (right, acute, obtuse), and perpendicular and parallel lines. Identify these in twodimensional figures. [4G1]
Subject: Arts,Mathematics Title: Constructing a ThreeDimensional Model
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students build a three dimensional model of a clubhouse from two dimensional blueprints designed in an earlier lesson. In addition, they solve problems related to constructing and decorating their clubhouse. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
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Title: Rectangles and Parallelograms
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In this lesson, from Illuminations, students use dynamic software to examine the properties of rectangles and parallelograms and then identify what distinguishes a rectangle from a more general parallelogram. Using spatial relationships, they examine the properties of two and threedimensional shapes. The lesson links to a virtual manipulative that allows students to compare rectangles and parallelograms.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 26: Draw points, lines, line segments, rays, angles (right, acute, obtuse), and perpendicular and parallel lines. Identify these in twodimensional figures. [4G1]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Rectangles and Parallelograms
Description: In this lesson, from Illuminations, students use dynamic software to examine the properties of rectangles and parallelograms and then identify what distinguishes a rectangle from a more general parallelogram. Using spatial relationships, they examine the properties of two and threedimensional shapes. The lesson links to a virtual manipulative that allows students to compare rectangles and parallelograms. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
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Title: Shape Up! Using Food to Learn About Polygons
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This podcast is based on a section of Shape UP! Fun With Triangles and Other Polygons written by David A. Adler. Students use slices of bread to make polygons, ranging from quadrilaterals to decagons. A review of the names of the polygons is included. It is designed to be viewed after the book is read to students and before they begin the handson activity. Standard(s):
[MA2013] (5) 26: Classify twodimensional figures in a hierarchy based on properties. [5G4]
Shape Up! Using Food to Learn About Polygons Overview: This podcast is based on a section of Shape UP! Fun With Triangles and Other Polygons written by David A. Adler. Students use slices of bread to make polygons, ranging from quadrilaterals to decagons. A review of the names of the polygons is included. It is designed to be viewed after the book is read to students and before they begin the handson activity.
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Title: Shape Up!! With Pretzels
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This podcast is based on activities found in David A. Adler's book Shape Up! Fun With Triangles and Other Polygons. In this podcast, we focused on types of triangles and angles. Students enjoy the hands on activities created by Mr. Adler, as well as a little snack time afterwards. This activity provides a concrete visual that students can use in other geometry activities. Standard(s):
[MA2013] (5) 26: Classify twodimensional figures in a hierarchy based on properties. [5G4]
Shape Up!! With Pretzels Overview: This podcast is based on activities found in David A. Adler's book Shape Up! Fun With Triangles and Other Polygons. In this podcast, we focused on types of triangles and angles. Students enjoy the hands on activities created by Mr. Adler, as well as a little snack time afterwards. This activity provides a concrete visual that students can use in other geometry activities.
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Title: Angles
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This is a studentnarrated PowerPoint about angles. The student defines different types of angles such as right, acute, obtuse, straight, vertical, interior, and exterior. She also describes angle measurement and application of angle measurement. Standard(s):
[MA2013] (7) 12: Draw (freehand, with ruler and protractor, and with technology) geometric shapes with given conditions. Focus on constructing triangles from three measures of angles or sides, noticing when the conditions determine a unique triangle, more than one triangle, or no triangle. [7G2]
Angles Overview: This is a studentnarrated PowerPoint about angles. The student defines different types of angles such as right, acute, obtuse, straight, vertical, interior, and exterior. She also describes angle measurement and application of angle measurement.
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Title: Go Bananas over Angles!
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Banana Hunt is an online interactive activity that can be used in a wholeclass setting, cooperative groups, small groups, or with individuals. This fun website will have your students going "bananas" over recognizing angles. The interactive game ask, "How many bananas can you find in 10 searches?". The game has a large circle with an angle with a monkey on the end of one of the rays. Students will drag the monkey(ray) to the location of the banana by creating the correct angle. Students will press "search". If the students find the right location(angle) on the circle of the banana they will receive 10 bananas.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 26: Draw points, lines, line segments, rays, angles (right, acute, obtuse), and perpendicular and parallel lines. Identify these in twodimensional figures. [4G1]
Go Bananas over Angles!
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Banana Hunt is an online interactive activity that can be used in a wholeclass setting, cooperative groups, small groups, or with individuals. This fun website will have your students going "bananas" over recognizing angles. The interactive game ask, "How many bananas can you find in 10 searches?". The game has a large circle with an angle with a monkey on the end of one of the rays. Students will drag the monkey(ray) to the location of the banana by creating the correct angle. Students will press "search". If the students find the right location(angle) on the circle of the banana they will receive 10 bananas.
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Title: Measuring Distances and Angles
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This site begins with a detailed tutorial explaining how we use distances and angles in the real world. There are 10 exercises to complete at the end.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 24: Measure angles in wholenumber degrees using a protractor. Sketch angles of specified measure. [4MD6]
Measuring Distances and Angles
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This site begins with a detailed tutorial explaining how we use distances and angles in the real world. There are 10 exercises to complete at the end.
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Title: Go Bananas over Angles!
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Banana Hunt is an online interactive activity that can be used in a wholeclass setting, cooperative groups, small groups, or with individuals. This fun website will have your students going "bananas" over recognizing angles. The interactive game ask, "How many bananas can you find in 10 searches?". The game has a large circle with an angle with a monkey on the end of one of the rays. Students will drag the monkey(ray) to the location of the banana by creating the correct angle. Students will press "search". If the students find the right location(angle) on the circle of the banana they will receive 10 bananas.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 26: Draw points, lines, line segments, rays, angles (right, acute, obtuse), and perpendicular and parallel lines. Identify these in twodimensional figures. [4G1]
Go Bananas over Angles!
http://www.oswego.or...
Banana Hunt is an online interactive activity that can be used in a wholeclass setting, cooperative groups, small groups, or with individuals. This fun website will have your students going "bananas" over recognizing angles. The interactive game ask, "How many bananas can you find in 10 searches?". The game has a large circle with an angle with a monkey on the end of one of the rays. Students will drag the monkey(ray) to the location of the banana by creating the correct angle. Students will press "search". If the students find the right location(angle) on the circle of the banana they will receive 10 bananas.
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Title: Measuring Distances and Angles
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This site begins with a detailed tutorial explaining how we use distances and angles in the real world. There are 10 exercises to complete at the end.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 24: Measure angles in wholenumber degrees using a protractor. Sketch angles of specified measure. [4MD6]
Measuring Distances and Angles
http://www.elearnin...
This site begins with a detailed tutorial explaining how we use distances and angles in the real world. There are 10 exercises to complete at the end.
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Title: Go Bananas over Angles!
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Banana Hunt is an online interactive activity that can be used in a wholeclass setting, cooperative groups, small groups, or with individuals. This fun website will have your students going "bananas" over recognizing angles. The interactive game ask, "How many bananas can you find in 10 searches?". The game has a large circle with an angle with a monkey on the end of one of the rays. Students will drag the monkey(ray) to the location of the banana by creating the correct angle. Students will press "search". If the students find the right location(angle) on the circle of the banana they will receive 10 bananas.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 26: Draw points, lines, line segments, rays, angles (right, acute, obtuse), and perpendicular and parallel lines. Identify these in twodimensional figures. [4G1]
Go Bananas over Angles!
http://www.oswego.or...
Banana Hunt is an online interactive activity that can be used in a wholeclass setting, cooperative groups, small groups, or with individuals. This fun website will have your students going "bananas" over recognizing angles. The interactive game ask, "How many bananas can you find in 10 searches?". The game has a large circle with an angle with a monkey on the end of one of the rays. Students will drag the monkey(ray) to the location of the banana by creating the correct angle. Students will press "search". If the students find the right location(angle) on the circle of the banana they will receive 10 bananas.
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Title: Go Bananas over Angles!
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Banana Hunt is an online interactive activity that can be used in a wholeclass setting, cooperative groups, small groups, or with individuals. This fun website will have your students going "bananas" over recognizing angles. The interactive game ask, "How many bananas can you find in 10 searches?". The game has a large circle with an angle with a monkey on the end of one of the rays. Students will drag the monkey(ray) to the location of the banana by creating the correct angle. Students will press "search". If the students find the right location(angle) on the circle of the banana they will receive 10 bananas.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 26: Draw points, lines, line segments, rays, angles (right, acute, obtuse), and perpendicular and parallel lines. Identify these in twodimensional figures. [4G1]
Go Bananas over Angles!
http://www.oswego.or...
Banana Hunt is an online interactive activity that can be used in a wholeclass setting, cooperative groups, small groups, or with individuals. This fun website will have your students going "bananas" over recognizing angles. The interactive game ask, "How many bananas can you find in 10 searches?". The game has a large circle with an angle with a monkey on the end of one of the rays. Students will drag the monkey(ray) to the location of the banana by creating the correct angle. Students will press "search". If the students find the right location(angle) on the circle of the banana they will receive 10 bananas.
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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: Concentration
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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.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 23: Recognize angles as geometric shapes that are formed wherever two rays share a common endpoint, and understand concepts of angle measurement. [4MD5]
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

