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Lesson Plans (5) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Informational Materials (1) Textual information containing useful facts or information. Interactives/Games (2) A learning object that requires a user's involvement.
Learning Activities (3) 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 (5), or Science (5), 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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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 multi-media presentation and a spreadsheet software. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Getting to Know the Solids     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students use an online, interactive activity to analyze characteristics and properties of three-dimensional 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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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Cylinders and Scale     
Description: This lesson, from Science NetLinks, teaches students that most things have built-in 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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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



Web Resources


Interactives/Games


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Volume Shape Shooter
http://www.sheppards...
This game lets students find the volume of different cubed shapes.

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!

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Sugar Cube House
http://www.education...
A fun food craft and the perfect supplement to a geometry or measurement lesson. This is also a visual for counting with unit cubes and problem solving.

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: 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



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