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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: Sign Shapes
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Students will take a field trip (or use computer) to locate 9 different shapes in the form of store signs. They will use digital cameras to take pictures (or copy and paste pictures) of the shapes and then create a slide show using the pictures. On each page of the slide show, the student will name the shape, number of sides, angles and vertices and also draw lines of symmetry.
Standard(s): [TC2] (35) 12: Create a product using digital tools.
Subject: Mathematics (3  4), or Technology Education (3  5)
Title: Sign Shapes
Description: Students will take a field trip (or use computer) to locate 9 different shapes in the form of store signs. They will use digital cameras to take pictures (or copy and paste pictures) of the shapes and then create a slide show using the pictures. On each page of the slide show, the student will name the shape, number of sides, angles and vertices and also draw lines of symmetry.
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Title: Shapes and Lines of Symmetry
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Students will observe lines of symmetry found in nature, traffic signs, letters of the alphabet, and certain shapes. Students will also cut out shapes and draw lines of symmetry. Great websites are provided for those that need enrichment or remediation.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
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 (4)
Title: Shapes and Lines of Symmetry
Description: Students will observe lines of symmetry found in nature, traffic signs, letters of the alphabet, and certain shapes. Students will also cut out shapes and draw lines of symmetry. Great websites are provided for those that need enrichment or remediation.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI 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: Line of Symmetry
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During this lesson, students will use a handson method to identify lines of symmetry. Each student will create individual lines of symmetry by using their name. Creations are unique and individualized for each student. Students will also learn more details about lines of symmetry by navigating the Internet. Students will do online activities to reinforce what they have learned about lines of symmetry.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (5) 26: Classify twodimensional figures in a hierarchy based on properties. [5G4]
Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Mathematics (4  5), or Technology Education (6  8)
Title: Line of Symmetry
Description: During this lesson, students will use a handson method to identify lines of symmetry. Each student will create individual lines of symmetry by using their name. Creations are unique and individualized for each student. Students will also learn more details about lines of symmetry by navigating the Internet. Students will do online activities to reinforce what they have learned about lines of symmetry.
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Title: Finding Lines of Symmetry
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students identify and create lines of symmetry and congruent figures. They explore these concepts with paper cutting and modeling on a geoboard.
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: Arts,Mathematics Title: Finding Lines of Symmetry
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students identify and create lines of symmetry and congruent figures. They explore these concepts with paper cutting and modeling on a geoboard. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
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Title: Planning a Miniquilt
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students create a quilt using three transformations (reflection, rotation, and translation) and then investigate the ways shapes can be colored to show onehalf and onefourth. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
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: Arts,Mathematics Title: Planning a Miniquilt
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students create a quilt using three transformations (reflection, rotation, and translation) and then investigate the ways shapes can be colored to show onehalf and onefourth. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
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Title: Using Symmetry to Create Art
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Symmetry Artist Web Address URL:
http://www.mathsisfun.com/geometry/symmetryartist.html 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] Digital Tool Description: Symmetry Artist is an interactive painting activity that allows students to draw on an axis of reflective symmetry or rotational symmetry. Students can customize line style and color. The symmetrical art is printer friendly.
Title: Using Symmetry to Create Art Digital Tool: Symmetry Artist Digital Tool Description: Symmetry Artist is an interactive painting activity that allows students to draw on an axis of reflective symmetry or rotational symmetry. Students can customize line style and color. The symmetrical art is printer friendly.
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Title: Rotational Symmetry
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Students demonstrate rotational symmetry using pattern blocks.
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]
Rotational Symmetry
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Students demonstrate rotational symmetry using pattern blocks.
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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: Calculation Nation
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Become a citizen of Calculation Nation! Play online math strategy games to learn about fractions, factors, multiples, symmetry and more, as well as practice important skills like basic multiplication and calculating area! Calculation Nation uses the power of the Web to let students challenge themselves and opponents from anywhere in the world. The element of competition adds an extra layer of excitement.
Standard(s): [MA2013] DM1 (912) 1: Analyze topics from elementary number theory, including perfect numbers and prime numbers, to determine properties of integers. (Alabama)
Subject: Mathematics Title: Calculation Nation
Description: Become a citizen of Calculation Nation! Play online math strategy games to learn about fractions, factors, multiples, symmetry and more, as well as practice important skills like basic multiplication and calculating area! Calculation Nation uses the power of the Web to let students challenge themselves and opponents from anywhere in the world. The element of competition adds an extra layer of excitement. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9

