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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: Look Around, What do You See? Origamis!
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Students will make origamis using Japanese paper folding techniques. This lesson will enhance the students ability to understand geometry concepts.
This is a College and CareerReady Standards showcase lesson plan.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (4) 28: Recognize a line of symmetry for a twodimensional figure as a line across the figure such that the figure can be folded along the line into matching parts. Identify linesymmetric figures and draw lines of symmetry. [4G3]
Subject: Mathematics (1  4)
Title: Look Around, What do You See? Origamis!
Description: Students will make origamis using Japanese paper folding techniques. This lesson will enhance the students ability to understand geometry concepts.
This is a College and CareerReady Standards showcase lesson plan.
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Title: A Triangle to Remember
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This lesson will introduce students to different types of triangles by using a clip from the movie A Walk to Remember. They will take part in interactive tutorials to strengthen the concepts of classifying triangles. The students will then use features on Microsoft Word to create an interactive triangle poster and show what they know.
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 (4)
Title: A Triangle to Remember
Description: This lesson will introduce students to different types of triangles by using a clip from the movie A Walk to Remember. They will take part in interactive tutorials to strengthen the concepts of classifying triangles. The students will then use features on Microsoft Word to create an interactive triangle poster and show what they know.
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Title: Have Your Math and Eat It, Too!
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In this twoday lesson, students will collaborate to create a healthy pizza using only geometric items that have been precisely measured. Students must identify the items as triangle, quadrilateral (parallelogram), or cube. Next, students will measure the items that they place on their pizza. Finally, students will bake their pizza; therefore, having their math and eating it, too!
Standard(s): [MA2013] (6) 21: Find the area of right triangles, other triangles, special quadrilaterals, and polygons by composing into rectangles or decomposing into triangles and other shapes; apply these techniques in the context of solving realworld and mathematical problems. [6G1]
Subject: Education and Training (7), or Mathematics (4  7)
Title: Have Your Math and Eat It, Too!
Description: In this twoday lesson, students will collaborate to create a healthy pizza using only geometric items that have been precisely measured. Students must identify the items as triangle, quadrilateral (parallelogram), or cube. Next, students will measure the items that they place on their pizza. Finally, students will bake their pizza; therefore, having their math and eating it, too!
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Title: Geometric Man
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The students will explore angles, rays, line segments, perpendicular lines, parallel lines, and twodimensional figures through the use of the book "Shape Up! Fun With Triangles and Other Polygons" by David A. Adler. They will also classify quadrilaterals through an interactive website.
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 (3  4)
Title: Geometric Man
Description: The students will explore angles, rays, line segments, perpendicular lines, parallel lines, and twodimensional figures through the use of the book "Shape Up! Fun With Triangles and Other Polygons" by David A. Adler. They will also classify quadrilaterals through an interactive website.
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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: Geometric Shadows
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Students will identify objects as translucent, transparent, or opaque. Upon seeing the shadow of the opaque object, students will identify the geometric figure created by the shadow.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU Project.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (2) 26: Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares; describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc.; and describe the whole as two halves, three thirds, or four fourths. Recognize that equal shares of identical wholes need not have the same shape. [2G3]
Subject: Mathematics (K  4), or Science (4)
Title: Geometric Shadows
Description: Students will identify objects as translucent, transparent, or opaque. Upon seeing the shadow of the opaque object, students will identify the geometric figure created by the shadow.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU Project.
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Title: "Polly"gon Pockets
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In this lesson, students will explore the attributes of various polygons. Students will need to be in 12 cooperative groups (one for each shape being explored). They will complete a jigsaw puzzle to discover their shape and then list the attributes they notice about it. They will create a foldable that shows each polygon, describes its attributes, and lists items in our world that use that shape. Then, the students will create a collage using either magazines and 9x12 construction paper or the Internet and Microsoft Word to create a collage of items in our world that use polygon shapes. 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) 25: Understand that attributes belonging to a category of twodimensional figures also belong to all subcategories of that category. [5G3]
Subject: Arts Education (5), or Mathematics (3  5)
Title: "Polly"gon Pockets
Description: In this lesson, students will explore the attributes of various polygons. Students will need to be in 12 cooperative groups (one for each shape being explored). They will complete a jigsaw puzzle to discover their shape and then list the attributes they notice about it. They will create a foldable that shows each polygon, describes its attributes, and lists items in our world that use that shape. Then, the students will create a collage using either magazines and 9x12 construction paper or the Internet and Microsoft Word to create a collage of items in our world that use polygon shapes. 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: Angles in the Mix
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In this lesson, students will observe art paintings for angles  straight, right, obtuse, and acute. Using digital cameras, students will find "art" in their environment, which displays those same types of angles. They will use their photos to create a Photo Story describing the angles in their environmental art and share it with the class. Lastly, students will choose one of their photos to paint and label the angles found in their art.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] (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: Arts Education (5), or English Language Arts (5), or Mathematics (3  4), or Technology Education (3  5)
Title: Angles in the Mix
Description: In this lesson, students will observe art paintings for angles  straight, right, obtuse, and acute. Using digital cameras, students will find "art" in their environment, which displays those same types of angles. They will use their photos to create a Photo Story describing the angles in their environmental art and share it with the class. Lastly, students will choose one of their photos to paint and label the angles found in their art.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: 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
ALEX Podcasts
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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: Geoboard
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This FREE Geoboard app is a tool for exploring a variety of mathematical topics introduced in the elementary and middle grades. Learners stretch bands around pegs to form line segments and polygons and make discoveries about perimeter, area, angles, congruence, fractions, and more.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (6) 21: Find the area of right triangles, other triangles, special quadrilaterals, and polygons by composing into rectangles or decomposing into triangles and other shapes; apply these techniques in the context of solving realworld and mathematical problems. [6G1]
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This FREE Geoboard app is a tool for exploring a variety of mathematical topics introduced in the elementary and middle grades. Learners stretch bands around pegs to form line segments and polygons and make discoveries about perimeter, area, angles, congruence, fractions, and more.
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Title: Types of Polygons
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In Types of Polygons, students have to quickly name different types of polygons based on given clues. For each question students will have only 30 seconds to write their answer.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (5) 25: Understand that attributes belonging to a category of twodimensional figures also belong to all subcategories of that category. [5G3]
Types of Polygons
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In Types of Polygons, students have to quickly name different types of polygons based on given clues. For each question students will have only 30 seconds to write their answer.
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Title: Geoboard
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This FREE Geoboard app is a tool for exploring a variety of mathematical topics introduced in the elementary and middle grades. Learners stretch bands around pegs to form line segments and polygons and make discoveries about perimeter, area, angles, congruence, fractions, and more.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (6) 21: Find the area of right triangles, other triangles, special quadrilaterals, and polygons by composing into rectangles or decomposing into triangles and other shapes; apply these techniques in the context of solving realworld and mathematical problems. [6G1]
Geoboard
https://itunes.apple...
This FREE Geoboard app is a tool for exploring a variety of mathematical topics introduced in the elementary and middle grades. Learners stretch bands around pegs to form line segments and polygons and make discoveries about perimeter, area, angles, congruence, fractions, and more.
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Title: Types of Polygons
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In Types of Polygons, students have to quickly name different types of polygons based on given clues. For each question students will have only 30 seconds to write their answer.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (5) 25: Understand that attributes belonging to a category of twodimensional figures also belong to all subcategories of that category. [5G3]
Types of Polygons
http://www.mathplay...
In Types of Polygons, students have to quickly name different types of polygons based on given clues. For each question students will have only 30 seconds to write their answer.
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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: Isometric Drawing Tool
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Create dynamic drawings on isometric dot paper with this interactive tool. Draw 2D and 3D figures using edges, faces, or cubes that you can shift, rotate, color, or decompose.
Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 38: Identify the shapes of twodimensional crosssections of threedimensional objects, and identify threedimensional objects generated by rotations of twodimensional objects. [GGMD4]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Isometric Drawing Tool
Description: Create dynamic drawings on isometric dot paper with this interactive tool. Draw 2D and 3D figures using edges, faces, or cubes that you can shift, rotate, color, or decompose. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12

