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Lesson Plans (19) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (9) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Interactives/Games (3) A learning object that requires a user's involvement.
Learning Activities (5) 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, 
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Subject: Mathematics (6)
Title: Decimals:  Carlos the Centipede goes shopping for Christmas gifts!
Description: Carlos the Centipede and his friend are Christmas Shopping for friends and family. Carlos will add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals. Carlos will change percents to decimals to get all the great discounts during this season of the year.  In addition, he will calculate tax on his purchases. 


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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 (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: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Mathematics (5 - 6)
Title: Dewey Decimal Goes to Math Class
Description: Math students take an onsite field trip to the library (media center) to meet the Dewey decimal system.   An "Essential Question" will be used to a set the purpose for understanding why we use the dewey decimal system. Students will compare and order decimals based on the dewey decimal system.


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Subject: Mathematics (5 - 6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Satisfy Your Vacation Hunger!
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: English Language Arts (6), or Mathematics (6 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: An Interest.....ing Math Lesson
Description: Eventually everyone will need to borrow money for one reason or another. A good understanding of how interest works will go a long way when applying for a loan. In this lesson students will complete a KWL chart about the purchase of a new vehicle. Students will visit several Websites where they will be able to practice computing simple interest. Then students will have an opportunity to compute simple interest problems that are located in a interactive whiteboard presentation. Students will also answer several written questions about simple interest. They will also create a presentation that will contain information that they gathered during one of the activities that are included in this lesson.


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Subject: Mathematics (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Party Planner
Description: In this activity, students will work in groups to plan a party.  Students will work with adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals to pay for their party supplies.  Students will create a multimedia presentation to the class about the party supplies they decided to purchase.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


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Subject: Mathematics (4 - 6), or Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Can you survive in the real world?
Description: Living in the real world is expensive and sometimes hard for a new college graduate to adjust to. This lesson will allow students to see the importance and need of budgeting money. Students will have to make choices and research different budget areas. Can they survive in the real world? This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.  


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Subject: Mathematics (5 - 6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Aquarium Project
Description: The class is given money to purchase fish for a class aquarium.  Students must use the size and lifestyle requirements for the fish to decide which type to buy.  Students must present their proposal to the principal in a letter.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


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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: Mathematics (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Finding Pi - A Math Adventure
Description: In this lesson students will hear the story of Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi and participate in class activities to discover pi. Technology resources will be used to display results.


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Subject: Mathematics (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: We're Talking Baseball!
Description: During this lesson students use mathematical skills to determine baseball statistics. They can locate their favorite players' stats on the Internet and determine batting average and slugging percentage.


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Subject: Mathematics (5 - 6)
Title: Fractions and Recipes
Description: This is a lesson used to show how fractions are used in everyday life. Students will use the knowledge they have about fractions to change a recipe to accommodate different amounts of people. Students will enjoy navigating the Internet to locate a recipe. Students will also have the opportunity to make the recipe in class and share it with their friends.


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Subject: Mathematics (6 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: How Much Money Can I Make?
Description: This lesson is a technology-based activity in which students will research two careers they are possibly interested in pursuing. They will convert the average yearly salary of each career into an hourly wage and record their findings in a spreadsheet. They will calculate their weekly gross and net pay for each career choice.


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Subject: Mathematics (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Find a Pattern Using Children's Literature
Description: Students use the problem solving strategy of "find a pattern" to predict the number of grains of rice Rani (from the book, One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale by Demi) will receive after 30 days. Students use a spreadsheet to illustrate data from the story.


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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Too Big or Too Small?     
Description: In this lesson, from Illuminations, students explore the following concepts: the magnitude of a million, fractions between 0 and 1, and the effect of decimal operations. The activities in this lesson help them develop number sense.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Health,Mathematics,Informal Education
Title: Big Math and Fries     
Description: This Illuminations lesson is designed to enlighten students about how to calculate percent of calories from fat, carbohydrates, and protein. The calculations are made to determine if a person can follow the Zone Diet with only McDonald's food items.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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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.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



ALEX Podcasts


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Order of Operations Song
Overview:
This podcast is a song that helps middle school students to review the review of operations.  Each sentence within the song is a step-by-step process in how to solve a specific order of operations problem.  


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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.


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Percents 3: Percent Equations
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 percent equations. The lesson also covers amount, base, and percent using the translation method. 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.


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Friendly Fractions part 2
Overview:
This podcast is part of a series on operations with fractions. Designed with the middle school student in mind, it is a refresher on the basics of fractions. The lesson also covers adding and subtracting like fractions (same denominator). 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.


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Friendly Fractions part 1
Overview:
This podcast is part of a series on operations with fractions. Designed with the middle school student in mind, it is a refresher on the basics of fractions. The lesson also covers different types of fractions, how they are made, and how they are used. 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.


Thinkfinity Podcasts


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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Health - Nutrition , Mathematics - Applied Mathematics , Science - Chemistry , Science - General Science , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - World History , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking
Title: Do French Fries Really Come From France?     
Description: Who doesn't enjoy McDonald's French fries every now and then? But did you know this tasty treat isn't really French? Come explore a mysterious case of this potato's mistaken identity.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Health - Nutrition , Mathematics - Applied Mathematics , Mathematics - Arithmetic , Mathematics - Measurement , Science - Biological and Life Sciences , Science - Biology , Science - Chemistry , Science - General Science , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking
Title: How Can Math Help You Cook?     
Description: You might think the best part of making brownies is enjoying the end result, but gathering and mixing the ingredients can be just as fun. Grab a spoon and let's find out what ice cream can teach us about math. Yummy!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Mathematics - Applied Mathematics , Mathematics - Number Sense , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Economics , Vocational Education - Occupational Home Economics , Adult & Family Literacy - Citizenship , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills
Title: How Can Spare Change Make a Big Difference?     
Description: Pennies, nickels and dimes can add up to a lot of money over time. Saving some pennies for a rainy day is always a good idea, and giving some of those pennies to a good cause can make you feel pretty good, too.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Language Arts - Vocabulary , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: What Is Pi?     
Description: Apple pie, cherry pie, strawberry pie - you'll find these pies and many more brought to parties around the world today. Why? It's Pi Day, of course!, Fans of math around the world celebrate Pi Day on March 14. Wonder why?
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Web Resources


Interactives/Games


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Karl's Online Calculator
http://www.karlscalc...
Karl's Online Calculator is a basic scientific calculator. It features algebraic entry and the order of operations.

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Virtual Manipulatives
https://itunes.apple...
Teacher-led app that compares fractions, decimals, & percents in a concrete way.

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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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Virtual Manipulatives
https://itunes.apple...
Teacher-led app that compares fractions, decimals, & percents in a concrete way.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Health - Nutrition , Mathematics - Applied Mathematics , Science - Chemistry , Science - General Science , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - World History , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking
Title: Do French Fries Really Come From France?     
Description: Who doesn't enjoy McDonald's French fries every now and then? But did you know this tasty treat isn't really French? Come explore a mysterious case of this potato's mistaken identity.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Health - Nutrition , Mathematics - Applied Mathematics , Mathematics - Arithmetic , Mathematics - Measurement , Science - Biological and Life Sciences , Science - Biology , Science - Chemistry , Science - General Science , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking
Title: How Can Math Help You Cook?     
Description: You might think the best part of making brownies is enjoying the end result, but gathering and mixing the ingredients can be just as fun. Grab a spoon and let's find out what ice cream can teach us about math. Yummy!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Mathematics - Applied Mathematics , Mathematics - Number Sense , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Economics , Vocational Education - Occupational Home Economics , Adult & Family Literacy - Citizenship , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills
Title: How Can Spare Change Make a Big Difference?     
Description: Pennies, nickels and dimes can add up to a lot of money over time. Saving some pennies for a rainy day is always a good idea, and giving some of those pennies to a good cause can make you feel pretty good, too.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Language Arts - Vocabulary , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: What Is Pi?     
Description: Apple pie, cherry pie, strawberry pie - you'll find these pies and many more brought to parties around the world today. Why? It's Pi Day, of course!, Fans of math around the world celebrate Pi Day on March 14. Wonder why?
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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