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Lesson Plans (13) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (1) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Learning Activities (2) 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 (6 - 8)
Title: Popcorn - Bucket or Box?
Description: In this exploration, students will apply their knowledge of finding volume and surface area of cylinders and rectangular prisms.  Students will make recommendations to the local movie theater after determining which package is cost effective.  Students will support their decision through a presentation. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.


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Subject: Mathematics (6 - 7)
Title: Pump Up the Volume
Description: In this lesson, students will be required to generate a formula for volume of a rectangular prism. Students working in cooperative groups will use prior knowledge for finding area of a rectangle to determine the "amount of area in a rectangular prism" they have created with a stack of cards. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.


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Subject: Mathematics (6 - 8)
Title: Volume: Moving Dirt
Description: This technology enriched lesson is designed to assist students in understanding how to calculate complex volume and how those concepts translate to use in the real world. Learning styles addressed include visual, auditory, and tactile/kinesthetic.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project, funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: Mathematics and Children's Literature     
Description: In this five-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on connections between mathematics and children s literature. Five pieces of literature are applied to teaching a wide range of topics in the mathematics curriculum, from sorting and classifying to the meaning of averages.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Purple Prisms     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students investigate rectangular prisms using an online, interactive applet. They manipulate the scale factor that links two three-dimensional rectangular prisms to learn about edge lengths and surface area relationships.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Are They Possible? Overhead     
Description: This reproducible transparency, from an Illuminations lesson, depicts several isometric drawings of several '' impossible'' figures.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Do They Match? Overhead     
Description: This reproducible transparency, from an Illuminations lesson, depicts several pairs of isometric drawings of three-dimensional figures. Students determine whether the drawings in each pair represent the same shape as one another.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Finding Surface Area and Volume     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students use an isometric drawing tool to build three-dimensional figures. They then find the surface area and volume of each figure.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Building Using the Front-Right-Top View     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore drawing the front-right-top view when given a three dimensional figure built from cubes. Students also explore building a three dimensional figure when given the front-right-top view.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Are They Possible?     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students examine some isometric drawings that seem to be impossible. They investigate one method that Dutch artist M.C. Escher used to create such impossible figures.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Do They Match?     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students use three dimensional figures they have constructed to determine when two isometric drawings can represent the same shape. They also determine what possible shapes might have the same isometric drawing and explain their reasoning.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Using Cubes and Isometric Drawings     
Description: In this unit of six lessons, from Illuminations, students explore polyhedra using different representations and perspectives for three dimensional block figures. In addition, students examine area and volume concepts for block figures within this context.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Patterns and Function     
Description: In this lesson, from Illuminations, students investigate properties of perimeter, area, and volume related to various geometric two- and three-dimensional shapes.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



ALEX Podcasts


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Friendly Fractions part 3
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 unlike fractions (unlike denominators). 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 Learning Activities


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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Learning about Length, Perimeter, Area, and Volume of Similar Objects by Using Interactive Figures: Side Length, Volume, and Surface Area of Similar Solids     
Description: This is part two of a two-part e-example from Illuminations that illustrates how students can learn about the length, perimeter, area, and volume of similar objects using dynamic figures. In this part, Side Length, Volume, and Surface Area of Similar Solids, the user can manipulate the scale factor that links two three-dimensional rectangular prisms and learn about the relationships among edge lengths, surface areas, and volumes. e-Math Investigations are selected e-examples from the electronic version of the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (PSSM). 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: 6,7,8



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Subject: Mathematics
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



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