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ALEX Lesson Plans

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Subject: Mathematics (5 - 6)
Title: Can You Crack The Code?
Description: Students will conduct guided research on the Navaho code talkers and briefly discuss their impact on WWII. Students will also be introduced to other forms of cryptology and use number pattern skills to crack their own code and create a numerical code for classmates to crack.

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Subject: Mathematics (3 - 5)
Title: "Ridin' Along In My Automobile"
Description: Students will research prices of used cars to discover how automobiles lose their value over time.  Students will create a chart to record their information, use their chart to graph their data, and find measures of central tendency of their data.  Students will present their findings and discuss the results.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 (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: And the Point Is???
Description: Students will identify and describe the parts of a coordinate grid. Students will explain how to find and graph ordered pairs on a coordinate grid.  Using a word processing program, students will create a coordinate grid activity sheet.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 (5 - 6)
Title: Human Ordered Pairs
Description: Students will work in collaborative groups to create a life-size Cartesian plane and insert themselves as the ordered pairs. 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 (5 - 8)
Title: Creating a Reflection
Description: In this lesson, the students will create geometric reflections. This is a hands on activity where the student will be able to conceptualize how geometric shapes are reflected across the x and y axis of a coordinate graph. 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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Subject: Mathematics (5), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Coordinate Geometry
Description: Students will participate in several activities that will build their knowledge of coordinates graphing. Students will use ordered pairs to locate points on a grid. Students will also relate coordinate graphing to the real world through finding locations on a city map.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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Subject: Mathematics (5 - 6), or Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Light, Dry and Nutritious - A Look at Dehydrated Food
Description: This is a hands-on, inquiry-based activity that involves study and exploration of dehydration and dehydrated foods. Students are actively involved in using math and science skills.

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Subject: Mathematics (3 - 6), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Now You See Me...Now You Don't!
Description: An animal’s physical characteristics, such as its body color, may give it a better chance of survival. For example, the body colors of many animals blend with their background. In this investigation, students will see that body color may help some animals survive by making them nearly invisible to predators. This lesson is designed to introduce students to the concept of camouflage as an animal adaptation.

Thinkfinity Lesson Plans

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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Looking for Patterns
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, focuses on the properties of multiplication. Students skip count, examine multiplication patterns, and explore commutativity.
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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Understanding Distance, Speed, and Time Relationships
Description: In this two-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students use a software simulation of two runners along a track. Students can control the speeds and starting points of the runners, watch the race and examine a graph of the time-versus-distance relationship. They examine graphs of related data and investigate scenarios involving constant rates of change.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations

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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Exploring Other Number Patterns
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students analyze numeric patterns, including Fibonacci numbers. They also describe numeric patterns and then record them in table form.
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Thinkfinity Podcasts

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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Arts - Glass , Arts - Sculpture , Arts - Woodworking , Science - Earth science , Science - Geology , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: How Do You Unlock a Secret Code?
Description: Cryptologists study secret codes. Being able to read encoded German and Japanese communications enabled the Allies to achieve victory in World War II., Join us as we explore how the code was cracked. By the end of this wonder, you may be making and breaking secret codes, too!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis

Web Resources

Lesson Plans

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Birthday and the Binary System
http://illuminations...
This lesson is a collection of three activities, all of which revolve around patterns and place value in the binary system. Grades 5‑8 students are drawn into the mathematics by the "magical" ability to guess an unknown number and by the use of birthdays, something they find very relevant.

Interactives/Games

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Function Machine: Input and Output Machine for Doubles
http://www.ambleside...
In this interactive game, students put a number in the (Input) Function Machine. Students press the Activate button and a number appears in the Output. The machine will reveal the operations used to get the output number. This is an excellent game to play for algebraic patterns and expressions.

Learning Activities

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Function Machine: Input and Output Machine for Doubles
http://www.ambleside...
In this interactive game, students put a number in the (Input) Function Machine. Students press the Activate button and a number appears in the Output. The machine will reveal the operations used to get the output number. This is an excellent game to play for algebraic patterns and expressions.

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.
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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.
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Thinkfinity Learning Activities

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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Arts - Glass , Arts - Sculpture , Arts - Woodworking , Science - Earth science , Science - Geology , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: How Do You Unlock a Secret Code?
Description: Cryptologists study secret codes. Being able to read encoded German and Japanese communications enabled the Allies to achieve victory in World War II., Join us as we explore how the code was cracked. By the end of this wonder, you may be making and breaking secret codes, too!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis