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## ALEX Lesson Plans

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Subject: Mathematics (5 - 6)
Title: Decimal Dilemma:  Carlos the Centipede needs to buy tennis shoes!
Description: In this lesson, Carlos the Centipede must buy new baseball shoes.  His dilemma will be how to multiply decimals (money) by multiples of 10.  To add to the dilemma, Carlos' baseball team needs to buy shoes too!  Students will multiply decimals by 100.  Students will investigate what is happening to the decimal point each time a decimal is multiplied by a multiple of 10.

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Subject: Mathematics (4 - 5)
Description: After learning of a historical event in which elephants were used to test out the Brooklyn Bridge, students construct their own bridge using very basic materials. Students weigh different items to determine the weight their bridge can withstand without collapsing.

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Subject: Mathematics (5 - 6)
Title: Decimal Dilemmas:  Carlos the Centipede is Adding Decimals!
Description: In this lesson, students will work in collaborative/cooperative groups to understand adding decimals.  Students will use decimal grids to represent the sum of decimals. Emphasis is on using place-value, lining up the decimals and bringing the decimal down.  Students will understand how important estimation of decimals is in real-life situations.

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Subject: Mathematics (5 - 6)
Title: Decimal Dilemma:  Carlos the Centipede is Subtracting Decimals!
Description: In this lesson, students will work in collaborative/cooperative groups to understand subtracting decimals.  Students will use decimal grids to represent the difference of decimals.  Emphasis is on using place-value, lining up the decimals and bringing the decimal down.  Students will understand how important estimation of decimals is in real-life situations

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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: Mathematics (5 - 6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Description: Students will prepare and present a group project detailing the menu for a 5 day vacation. Each group will select a vacation destination and describe activities involved in the vacation and the meals that will be served. Groups will be given a budget of \$200 for the 5 days of meals for 4 people. Students will use various forms of technology to research needed information, prepare the budget, and to present the final product. Projects will be turned in as a binder with required information and as a multimedia presentation to be shared with the class.

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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Mathematics (5)
Title: Get it Straight Mr. Decimal!
Description: Students will review addition and subtraction of decimals with a hands-on, cooperative small group experience. They will be placed in small groups and solve problems on individual white boards. 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: Character Education (K - 12), or Mathematics (5)
Title: Pizza! Pizza! Pizza!
Description: This lesson provides students practical situations using money. It also allows them to practice the skills of adding and subtracting decimals.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: English Language Arts (5 - 6), or English Language Arts (6), or Mathematics (3 - 5)
Title: "All in the Family"
Description: A cooperative unit where students work together and use a variety of math skills to establish budgets and compare and compute the best buys. Students will continue practicing their writing skills by writing thank you notes to local merchants.

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Subject: Mathematics (5 - 6), or Science (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Watch That Plant Grow
Description: This lesson allows students to explore horticulture within a controlled environment, a greenhouse. Students engage in hands-on activities as they grow their own plants and chart data concerning the conditions related to plant growth in a greenhouse. The data collected is recorded on a spreadsheet to aid in growth prediction over a specified amount of time. This lesson should precede other lessons regarding research on plants grown in a greenhouse.

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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.
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Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: Numbers and Language
Description: In this five-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on the role of numbers and language in real-world situations. Students discuss, describe, read, and write about numbers they find in familiar real-world situations. An emphasis on using components of language helps students build a broader vocabulary of numbers than the traditional symbolic representation of numbers.
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## ALEX Podcasts

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Percents 5: Percents & Money
Overview:
This podcast is part of a series on operations with percents. Designed with the middle school student in mind, it is a refresher on the basics of solving word problems including money and percents. The lesson uses the bar method to solve the problems. The podcast can be used as a lesson or as a supplement to a lesson. A suggestion would be to stop the lesson as it goes along and allow the students to work problems out themselves.

## Web Resources

### Interactives/Games

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Divisibility Rules
http://www.vectorkid...
This is an interactive game requiring students to choose which integers are evenly divisible.

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http://www.sheppards...
Students practice adding decimals in a game type format. The students may chose a relaxed mode or a fast timed mode.

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Decimals Jeopardy
http://www.math-play...
An interactive game where the students play the game Jeopardy to review adding, subtracting, and multiplying decimals. The students will need a bell or buzzer to be able to ring in and answer the questions. The game has single-player and multi-player modes.

### Learning Activities

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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!

## 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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