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Title: Geometry Journey
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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.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (6) 23: Draw polygons in the coordinate plane given coordinates for the vertices; use coordinates to find the length of a side joining points with the same first coordinate or the same second coordinate. Apply these techniques in the context of solving realworld and mathematical problems. [6G3]
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.
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Title: Human Ordered Pairs
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Students will work in collaborative groups to create a lifesize Cartesian plane and insert themselves as the ordered pairs.
This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU Project.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (5) 24: Represent realworld and mathematical problems by graphing points in the first quadrant of the coordinate plane, and interpret coordinate values of points in the context of the situation. [5G2]
Subject: Mathematics (5  6)
Title: Human Ordered Pairs
Description: Students will work in collaborative groups to create a lifesize Cartesian plane and insert themselves as the ordered pairs.
This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU Project.
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Title: A Day at a Theme Park (Mathematics, 6th grade, Coordinate grid)
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Rationale: The sixth grade curriculum and state standards require the students to understand the coordinate grid, quadrants, etc. This lesson allows the students to apply their knowledge of the coordinate grid, coordinates, and plotting points all while developing technological skills. The lesson also permits the students to create a coordinate grid and plot points on the x and y axis using a map of a theme park.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (6) 23: Draw polygons in the coordinate plane given coordinates for the vertices; use coordinates to find the length of a side joining points with the same first coordinate or the same second coordinate. Apply these techniques in the context of solving realworld and mathematical problems. [6G3]
Subject: Mathematics (6), or Technology Education (6  8)
Title: A Day at a Theme Park (Mathematics, 6th grade, Coordinate grid)
Description: Rationale: The sixth grade curriculum and state standards require the students to understand the coordinate grid, quadrants, etc. This lesson allows the students to apply their knowledge of the coordinate grid, coordinates, and plotting points all while developing technological skills. The lesson also permits the students to create a coordinate grid and plot points on the x and y axis using a map of a theme park.
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Title: Graphing Fun
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In this handson project, students have the opportunity to survey their classmates to find information that is meaningful to them. Then students will construct graphs using computer software. Students will analyze their information and discover the overall results of class favorites.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (6) 23: Draw polygons in the coordinate plane given coordinates for the vertices; use coordinates to find the length of a side joining points with the same first coordinate or the same second coordinate. Apply these techniques in the context of solving realworld and mathematical problems. [6G3]
Subject: Mathematics (6)
Title: Graphing Fun
Description: In this handson project, students have the opportunity to survey their classmates to find information that is meaningful to them. Then students will construct graphs using computer software. Students will analyze their information and discover the overall results of class favorites.
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Title: You WANT me to make a paper airplane?
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This lesson provides students with a handson, cooperative learning experience. Students will make paper airplanes. They will fly their planes and record the distance and time of numerous flights in an Excel spreadsheet. Students will then calculate the speed of each flight using the formula s=d/t and summarize their results by making a line graph.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (8) 9: Solve linear equations in one variable. [8EE7]
Subject: Mathematics (6  8), or Technology Education (6  8)
Title: You WANT me to make a paper airplane?
Description: This lesson provides students with a handson, cooperative learning experience. Students will make paper airplanes. They will fly their planes and record the distance and time of numerous flights in an Excel spreadsheet. Students will then calculate the speed of each flight using the formula s=d/t and summarize their results by making a line graph.
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Title: Trading and Tracking Stock Portfolios Online
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Student teams will trade stocks and track the progress of their Alabama Stock Market Simulation portfolio by using spreadsheet software and the Internet. They will relate the information to a previous social studies unit on economics and will be utilizing math concepts they have learned. The Internet will be used to research stock trends.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (7) 11: Solve problems involving scale drawings of geometric figures, including computing actual lengths and areas from a scale drawing and reproducing a scale drawing at a different scale. [7G1]
Subject: Mathematics (6  7), or Technology Education (6  8)
Title: Trading and Tracking Stock Portfolios Online
Description: Student teams will trade stocks and track the progress of their Alabama Stock Market Simulation portfolio by using spreadsheet software and the Internet. They will relate the information to a previous social studies unit on economics and will be utilizing math concepts they have learned. The Internet will be used to research stock trends.
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Title: Hospital Map Activity Sheet
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This student reproducible, from an Illuminations lesson, contains a map of the area wherein students must choose a location to build a new hospital so it is equidistant from Boise, Idaho; Helena, Montana; and Salt Lake City, Utah. Students do their work on a blank transparency and overlay their work onto this map.
Standard(s): [MA2015] DM1 (912) 10: Use vertexcoloring techniques and matching techniques to solve applicationbased problems. (Alabama)
Subject: Mathematics,Social Studies Title: Hospital Map Activity Sheet
Description: This student reproducible, from an Illuminations lesson, contains a map of the area wherein students must choose a location to build a new hospital so it is equidistant from Boise, Idaho; Helena, Montana; and Salt Lake City, Utah. Students do their work on a blank transparency and overlay their work onto this map. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Triangle Classification
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In this Illuminations lesson, based on the Triangle Classification problem, students attempt to classify triangles formed in a plane when a randomly selected point is connected to the endpoints of a given line segment. Students classify triangles according to sides and angles. In addition, there are links to online activity sheets and other related resources.
Standard(s): [MA2015] GEO (912) 12: Make formal geometric constructions with a variety of tools and methods such as compass and straightedge, string, reflective devices, paper folding, and dynamic geometric software. Constructions include copying a segment; copying an angle; bisecting a segment; bisecting an angle; constructing perpendicular lines, including the perpendicular bisector of a line segment; and constructing a line parallel to a given line through a point not on the line. [GCO12]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Triangle Classification
Description: In this Illuminations lesson, based on the Triangle Classification problem, students attempt to classify triangles formed in a plane when a randomly selected point is connected to the endpoints of a given line segment. Students classify triangles according to sides and angles. In addition, there are links to online activity sheets and other related resources. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Triangula Island Overhead
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This reproducible transparency, from an Illuminations lesson, contains an activity that asks students to conjecture the best location of a point inside a regular polygon such that the sum of the distances to each side is a minimum.
Standard(s): [MA2015] GEO (912) 41: Apply geometric methods to solve design problems (e.g., designing an object or structure to satisfy physical constraints or minimize cost, working with typographic grid systems based on ratios).* [GMG3]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Triangula Island Overhead
Description: This reproducible transparency, from an Illuminations lesson, contains an activity that asks students to conjecture the best location of a point inside a regular polygon such that the sum of the distances to each side is a minimum. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Mathematics and Children's Literature
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In this fivelesson 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.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (8) 9: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of Grades 68 text complexity band independently and proficiently. [RL.8.10]
Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics Title: Mathematics and Children's Literature
Description: In this fivelesson 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
ALEX Podcasts
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Title: Classifying Angles
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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.
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[MA2015] (6) 23: Draw polygons in the coordinate plane given coordinates for the vertices; use coordinates to find the length of a side joining points with the same first coordinate or the same second coordinate. Apply these techniques in the context of solving realworld and mathematical problems. [6G3]
Classifying Angles Overview: 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.

