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Lesson Plans (7) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (6) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Learning Activities (3) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
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Subject: Mathematics (6 - 7)
Title: Positively F.U.N. !   (fantastic, unique, and noteworthy) ways to idenitfy and add positive and negative integers)
Description: This lesson will actively engage students to identify and add positive and negative integers.  In cooperative groups, students will discuss everyday vocabulary that will activate students' existing background knowledge and set the purpose for understanding integers.  Students will integrate new information with prior knowledge.  This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.


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Subject: Mathematics (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Modeling and Adding Integers Using Numbers Lines and Counters
Description: The purpose of this lesson is to enable students to add integers and apply this lesson to real life situations. In this lesson students will model and add integers using number lines and counters through the use of technology-based resources. Hands-on activities and class discussions will enhance and reinforce the objectives.


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Subject: Mathematics (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Investigating Integers
Description: Students will create a multimedia presentation to demonstrate their understanding of integers. Within this presentation they will include information on how to compare and order integers and how to add and subtract integers by writing about situations where they may encounter integers. Additionally, they will create a word problem with a solution that reflects their understanding of adding or subtracting negative and positive integers.


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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: 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



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Multiplying Integers Using Videotape     
Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students experience beginning algebra concepts through discussion, exploration, and videotaping. The concept of multiplication of integers is presented in a format that encourages understanding, rather than simply rote memorization of facts.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Magic Squares     
Description: This lesson, from Illuminations, explores magic squares from both a historical and mathematical perspective. Students explore symbolic algebraic representation of patterns, complete a magic squares activity sheet, use operations and integers to solve problems, and analyze and represent patterns with symbolic rules. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Title: Distributive Property with Variables
Digital Tool: IQ Learning Online
Digital Tool Description: Distributive Property with Variables is an interactive video that demonstrates the distributive property to the students. It can serve as a great introduction to the topic.


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Title: Learning the Distributive Property with Angry Birds
Digital Tool: Edpuzzle: Distributive Property- Angry Birds
Digital Tool Description: Edpuzzle is an interactive tool that demonstrates or shows students how to complete a task or to see how a task is performed in several different subjects. This video teaches students by the use of animations how to solve equations.


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Title: Hoppin' on the Number Line
Digital Tool: Numberline Frog: Hoppin' Below Zero!
Digital Tool Description: This paid iPad app has an interactive number line and cartoon frog that allows students to practice adding and subtracting integers on a number line. It is self checking so students get instant results on their progress.


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Title: ALGEBURST BEJEWELED
Digital Tool: ALGEBURST iPad App
Digital Tool Description: ALGEBURST Lite is a free game that improves mental math skills. It helps to simplify numeric and algebraic expressions. Play against the clock or at one's own pace to match tiles, explode bombs, and use Starburst and hypercubes to achieve a 3-star rating. Take on periodic challenges to improve accuracy and overall rating.


ALEX Podcasts


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Percents 4: Percent Word Problems
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 using percent. The lesson uses the bar method of solving (Singapore Math). 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 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.


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Friendly Fractions Part 6
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 proportions, equivalent proportions, and solving proportions. 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 2: Percents and Decimals
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 changing a percent to a decimal and vice versa. The lesson also covers percents from large whole numbers to decimal percents. 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.


Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Fraction Models      
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, explores several representations for fractions using adjustable numerators and denominators. Students can see decimal and percent equivalents, as well as a model that represents each fraction.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Calculation Nation     
Description: Become a citizen of Calculation Nation! Play online math strategy games to learn about fractions, factors, multiples, symmetry and more, as well as practice important skills like basic multiplication and calculating area! Calculation Nation uses the power of the Web to let students challenge themselves and opponents from anywhere in the world. The element of competition adds an extra layer of excitement.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9



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Subject: Mathematics,Science
Title: Volt Meter     
Description: This student interactive, from an Illuminations lesson, allows students to learn about positive and negative numbers by exploring the voltage of batteries.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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