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Lesson Plans (11) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (3) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Assessments (1) Any activity or resource teachers use to help gauge student progress.
Informational Materials (2) Textual information containing useful facts or information. Interactives/Games (3) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (2) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
and/or acquire a skill.  Examples include, but are not limited to, online tutorials, experiments, 
demonstrations, and hands-on activities.
Teacher Tools (1) An extensive set of online resource tools teachers can use to enhance student learning or increase teacher productivity often useful across grade levels and/or subject areas (Aligned to professional learning standards instead of content standards).


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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 Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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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 Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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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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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or 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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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, GEMS-U Project.


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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, GEMS-U Project.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Arts,Mathematics
Title: Constructing a Three-Dimensional Model     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part 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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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 three-dimensional 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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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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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: Building with Triangles     
Description: This unit of four lessons, from Illuminations, focuses on triangles and their properties. Each investigation begins with an open-ended 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



ALEX Podcasts


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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 hands-on activity.


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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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Angles
Overview:
This is a student-narrated 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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Assessments


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Go Bananas over Angles!
http://www.oswego.or...
Banana Hunt is an online interactive activity that can be used in a whole-class 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.

Informational Materials


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Measuring Distances and Angles
http://www.e-learnin...
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.

Interactives/Games


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Go Bananas over Angles!
http://www.oswego.or...
Banana Hunt is an online interactive activity that can be used in a whole-class 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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Measuring Distances and Angles
http://www.e-learnin...
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.

Learning Activities


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Go Bananas over Angles!
http://www.oswego.or...
Banana Hunt is an online interactive activity that can be used in a whole-class 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.

Teacher Tools


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Go Bananas over Angles!
http://www.oswego.or...
Banana Hunt is an online interactive activity that can be used in a whole-class 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.

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



Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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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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