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Lesson Plans (7) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (2) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (1) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (3) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (4) 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.


ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: Mathematics (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Multiplication My Way
Description: In this lesson, students will explore the US Algorithm Method of multiplication using a unique way of describing it known as the Turtlehead Method.  Students will collaboratively work together to complete story problems using the US Algorithm Method of multiplication to solve two-digit by two-digit multiplication problems.


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Subject: Mathematics (4 - 5)
Title: Sky High
Description: Students will work together, implementing problem-solving strategies to complete a building challenge. The group will be given a budget and materials to construct a structurally sound skyscraper. The students will purchase materials, build, and measure their structure.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Mathematics (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Fun with Problem Solving
Description: The object of this lesson is to teach students that problem solving can be interesting and fun. It is important to pay attention to what is asked and information that is in the problem.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 (4 - 6)
Title: The Mean, Median, and Mode Chain Gang
Description: Cooperative learning groups and chain links are used to find the mean, median, and mode. A Science NetLinks lesson is linked for further real-life application in the world of baseball (optional). 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 (4 - 5)
Title: Area Model of Multiplication Using Base 10 Manipulatives
Description: Students will use base 10 manipulatives to build a rectangular array to represent double digit multiplication. Students will make the connection between the standard algorithm and the rectangular array.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: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Mathematics (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Dream Vacation
Description: This unit teaches students to plan a trip with an itinerary, remain within a budget, and work cooperatively. It is a technology-based project that combines a study of mathematics, economics, geography, and social studies.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Finding Products     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students examine the role of commutativity and the multiplicative identity, play a multiplication game, and explore products where one of the factors is 6. They also create a personal multiplication chart.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



ALEX Podcasts


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Lattice Multiplication
Overview:
"Lattice Multiplication" is another strategy to help multiplication make sense.  Fourth grade students demonstrate and explain the steps of lattice multiplication.


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Finding Prime Using Eratosthenes' Seive
Overview:
This podcast was created by a group of 5th grade girls after they investigated Prime Numbers.  The podcast gives background information about Eratosthenes and prime numbers.  Then the students take the audience through the process of finding prime numbers using the Seive of Eratosthenes.   


Web Resources


Interactives/Games


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Ken Ken Puzzles
http://www.kenken.co...
Free online puzzles, cool math games, number games, educational games for kids. Try the mobile app on iPhone and iPad or the Kindle version. Regardless of why, how, or where you play, KenKen are the math puzzles that make you smarter!

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Math Bingo
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Correctly answer subtraction, multiplication, & division problems to play bingo.

Learning Activities


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Ken Ken Puzzles
http://www.kenken.co...
Free online puzzles, cool math games, number games, educational games for kids. Try the mobile app on iPhone and iPad or the Kindle version. Regardless of why, how, or where you play, KenKen are the math puzzles that make you smarter!

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Everything Math for 5
http://www.ixl.com/m...
The website 1XL has an extensive list of skills students learn in 5th grade. They are organized into categories (ex. place value, problem solving, geometry, etc.)where you can move your mouse over any skill to view a sample question before going to the link. 1XL will track the score and questions will become increasingly difficult. Great to use with SmartBoards!

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Math Bingo
https://itunes.apple...
Correctly answer subtraction, multiplication, & division problems to play bingo.

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: Primary Krypto     
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and addition in a fun environment. In the game of Krypto, students combine numbers with mathematical operations to obtain a target number.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



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