ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics (5 - 6)
Title: Geometry Journey
Description: In this lesson students review geometry vocabulary. The students get moving and journey through the school and take photos of items that represent geometry vocabulary. They turn these photos into a virtual field trip.
Subject: Mathematics (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: A What? A What? A Quadrilateral
Description: In this lesson, students will identify the characteristics of a quadrilateral. Students will have a chance categorize quadrilaterals into subgroups such as squares, rhombuses, rectangles, and nonregular quadrilaterals. This lesson using geometric shapes for a hands-on activity and includes a quadrilateral quest via the internet at the end.
Subject: Mathematics (5 - 6), or Science (5 - 6)
Title: Grow a GEM
Description: Students will grow crystals out of different substances. Students will also document and make a podcast video of the growth of their crystals. Students will make and identify different geometric shapes.
This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
Subject: Mathematics (3 - 5)
Title: The Class Quilt
Description: Students will design a 12 inch quilt square consisting of geometrical shapes.They must use their knowledge of fractions and polygons in order to create an exact 12" by 12" square.Students will use knowledge of area of a figure in order to create a quilt using their squares.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.
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.
Subject: Arts Education (5), or Mathematics (3 - 5)
Title: "Polly"gon Pockets
Description: In this lesson, students will explore the attributes of various polygons. Students will need to be in 12 cooperative groups (one for each shape being explored). They will complete a jigsaw puzzle to discover their shape and then list the attributes they notice about it. They will create a foldable that shows each polygon, describes its attributes, and lists items in our world that use that shape. Then, the students will create a collage using either magazines and 9x12 construction paper or the Internet and Microsoft Word to create a collage of items in our world that use polygon shapes. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (5), or Mathematics (5)
Title: The Greedy Triangle - Intro to Geometric shapes
Description: Students will learn how to identify different polygons.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project, funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
Subject: Arts Education (4), or Mathematics (5)
Title: The Great Divide--A Lesson in Symmetry
Description: This is a whole group, hands-on, fun lesson where students will use knowledge of symmetry to produce art work.
This colorful podcast explores some of the basic concepts of geometry. Students will learn the difference between regular and irregular polygons, characteristicsof quadrilaterals, lines of symmetry, and congruence.
Watch as three sixth grade students explore different kinds of angles found on their school campus. Throughout the podcast, they give the definition for each type of angle. Then you are asked to identify the angles represented in pictures they took. Watch carefully, because after you have the opportunity to identify the angles, they illustrate the correct response. This interactive podcast is sure to help anyone who is learning how to classify angles.
Name that Triangle
This student written and produced podcast introduces the types of triangles. A game show format is used. It would serve as a good engagement video at the introduction of this concept.
Shape Up! Using Food to Learn About Polygons
This podcast is based on a section of Shape UP! Fun With Triangles and Other Polygons written by David A. Adler. Students use slices of bread to make polygons, ranging from quadrilaterals to decagons. A review of the names of the polygons is included. It is designed to be viewed after the book is read to students and before they begin the hands-on activity.
Shape Up!! With Pretzels
This podcast is based on activities found in David A. Adler's book Shape Up! Fun With Triangles and Other Polygons. In this podcast, we focused on types of triangles and angles. Students enjoy the hands on activities created by Mr. Adler, as well as a little snack time afterwards. This activity provides a concrete visual that students can use in other geometry activities.
This is a student-narrated PowerPoint about angles. The student defines different types of angles such as right, acute, obtuse, straight, vertical, interior, and exterior. She also describes angle measurement and application of angle measurement.
Thinkfinity Informational Materials
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
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
Title: Isometric Drawing Tool
Description: Create dynamic drawings on isometric dot paper with this interactive tool. Draw 2-D and 3-D figures using edges, faces, or cubes that you can shift, rotate, color, or decompose.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12