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Title: My Gummy Bear is Bigger than Your Gummy Bear!
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Students will develop an understanding of volume and density by analyzing, calculating, and measuring a gummy bear. The students will determine the cause and effect of a watersoaked gummy bear. Students will measure water and gummy bear with accuracy, record data, and communicate their results.
This lesson results from collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and ASTA.
Standard(s): [SC2015] (5) 5: Construct explanations from observations to determine how the density of an
object affects whether the object sinks or floats when placed in a liquid.
Subject: Mathematics (5), or Science (5)
Title: My Gummy Bear is Bigger than Your Gummy Bear!
Description: Students will develop an understanding of volume and density by analyzing, calculating, and measuring a gummy bear. The students will determine the cause and effect of a watersoaked gummy bear. Students will measure water and gummy bear with accuracy, record data, and communicate their results.
This lesson results from collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and ASTA.
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Title: Popping HOT
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In this lesson students will discover the different forms of heat transfer such as conduction, convection, and radiation and that these forms can be demonstrated by popping popcorn. Students will learn the health benefits of popcorn, one of America’s favorite snacks. Students will also use fun facts about popcorn to solve math problems.
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): [TC2] (35) 10: Use digital environments to collaborate and communicate.
Subject: Mathematics (5), or Science (5), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3  5)
Title: Popping HOT
Description: In this lesson students will discover the different forms of heat transfer such as conduction, convection, and radiation and that these forms can be demonstrated by popping popcorn. Students will learn the health benefits of popcorn, one of America’s favorite snacks. Students will also use fun facts about popcorn to solve math problems.
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: Ping Pong Madness
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In this lesson, students will use their knowledge of 3D shapes to create packages for ping pong balls. They must create small, medium and large packages that are cost effective and stack easily. They will make nets of the their packages and find the volume and surface area of each. Students will present the information using a multimedia presentation and a spreadsheet software. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU Project.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (6) 24: Represent threedimensional figures using nets made up of rectangles and triangles, and use the nets to find the surface area of these figures. Apply these techniques in the context of solving realworld and mathematical problems. [6G4]
Subject: Mathematics (5  7), or Technology Education (6  8)
Title: Ping Pong Madness
Description: In this lesson, students will use their knowledge of 3D shapes to create packages for ping pong balls. They must create small, medium and large packages that are cost effective and stack easily. They will make nets of the their packages and find the volume and surface area of each. Students will present the information using a multimedia presentation and a spreadsheet software. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU Project.
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Title: Getting to Know the Solids
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students use an online, interactive activity to analyze characteristics and properties of threedimensional geometric shapes; develop mathematical arguments about geometric relationships; and use visualization, spatial reasoning, and geometric modeling to solve problems.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (5) 22: Relate volume to the operations of multiplication and addition, and solve realworld and mathematical problems involving volume. [5MD5]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Getting to Know the Solids
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students use an online, interactive activity to analyze characteristics and properties of threedimensional geometric shapes; develop mathematical arguments about geometric relationships; and use visualization, spatial reasoning, and geometric modeling to solve problems. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
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Title: Cylinders and Scale
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This lesson, from Science NetLinks, teaches students that most things have builtin limits in scale, but that knowing something's extreme limits of scale can be revealing. It is designed to build upon students ability to build structures and to learn about mathematical and engineering relationships like length, area, and volume. Students discover that they can measure very large or very small objects if they understand and implement certain principles.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (5) 21: Measure volumes by counting unit cubes, using cubic cm, cubic in, cubic ft, and improvised units. [5MD4]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Cylinders and Scale
Description: This lesson, from Science NetLinks, teaches students that most things have builtin limits in scale, but that knowing something's extreme limits of scale can be revealing. It is designed to build upon students ability to build structures and to learn about mathematical and engineering relationships like length, area, and volume. Students discover that they can measure very large or very small objects if they understand and implement certain principles. Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks Grade Span: 3,4,5
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Title: Clothing Sizes
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This reproducible worksheet, from an Illuminations lesson, prompts students to analyze measurements of their body, specifically as they relate to clothing sizes.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (5) 20: Recognize volume as an attribute of solid figures, and understand concepts of volume measurement. [5MD3]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Clothing Sizes
Description: This reproducible worksheet, from an Illuminations lesson, prompts students to analyze measurements of their body, specifically as they relate to clothing sizes. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
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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): [MA2015] (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): [MA2015] (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: Cubes
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This student interactive, from Illuminations, helps students explore the volume of a box based on the amount of unit cubes that can fit inside of it. They are prompted to come up with a rule for determining the volume of a box when its width, depth, and height are known.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (5) 22: Relate volume to the operations of multiplication and addition, and solve realworld and mathematical problems involving volume. [5MD5]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Cubes
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, helps students explore the volume of a box based on the amount of unit cubes that can fit inside of it. They are prompted to come up with a rule for determining the volume of a box when its width, depth, and height are known. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5

