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Title: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Reflections of Light
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Students will learn about the reflective behaviors of light, and the wave and particle nature of light. Students will also recognize congruency of angles.
Standard(s): [S1] (8) 12: Classify waves as mechanical or electromagnetic.
Subject: Mathematics (8), or Science (8)
Title: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Reflections of Light
Description: Students will learn about the reflective behaviors of light, and the wave and particle nature of light. Students will also recognize congruency of angles.
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Title: Exploring the Isometric Drawing Tool
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students explore using an isometric drawing tool and gain practice and experience in manipulating drawings. They explore polyhedra using different representations and perspectives.
Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 38: Identify the shapes of twodimensional crosssections of threedimensional objects, and identify threedimensional objects generated by rotations of twodimensional objects. [GGMD4]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Exploring the Isometric Drawing Tool
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students explore using an isometric drawing tool and gain practice and experience in manipulating drawings. They explore polyhedra using different representations and perspectives. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: Covering the Plane with RepTiles
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In this lesson, from Illuminations, students discover and explore a special kind of tiling of the plane. Reptiles are geometric figures such that n copies can fit together to form a larger, similar figure. Students experiment with various shapes and values of n. Spatial sense is encouraged by the need to visualize and perform transformations with the shapes involved.
Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 16: Use the properties of similarity transformations to establish the angleangle (AA) criterion for two triangles to be similar. [GSRT3]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Covering the Plane with RepTiles
Description: In this lesson, from Illuminations, students discover and explore a special kind of tiling of the plane. Reptiles are geometric figures such that n copies can fit together to form a larger, similar figure. Students experiment with various shapes and values of n. Spatial sense is encouraged by the need to visualize and perform transformations with the shapes involved. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8
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Title: Describing Reflections
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students learn how reflections work and what happens when two or more reflections are applied one after the other. They use interactive Java applets to examine the reflection of a point and how to describe reflections.
Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 6: Use geometric descriptions of rigid motions to transform figures and to predict the effect of a given rigid motion on a given figure; given two figures, use the definition of congruence in terms of rigid motions to decide if they are congruent. [GCO6]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Describing Reflections
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students learn how reflections work and what happens when two or more reflections are applied one after the other. They use interactive Java applets to examine the reflection of a point and how to describe reflections. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Finding What Doesn't Change
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students predict the effect of a rotation through a given angle. They also learn to predict the effect of two or more rotations performed one after the other, and they find angles that leave a figure unchanged.
Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 5: Given a geometric figure and a rotation, reflection, or translation, draw the transformed figure using, e.g., graph paper, tracing paper, or geometry software. Specify a sequence of transformations that will carry a given figure onto another. [GCO5]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Finding What Doesn't Change
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students predict the effect of a rotation through a given angle. They also learn to predict the effect of two or more rotations performed one after the other, and they find angles that leave a figure unchanged. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Reflections Across Two Mirror Lines
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students learn what happens when a design is reflected twice across two different mirror lines. They use interactive Java applets to explore reflections across parallel and intersecting mirror lines.
Standard(s): [MA2013] 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: Reflections Across Two Mirror Lines
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students learn what happens when a design is reflected twice across two different mirror lines. They use interactive Java applets to explore reflections across parallel and intersecting mirror lines. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Relating Rotations to Symmetry
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students investigate the relationship between rotations and the symmetry in a figure or a design. They use an interactive Java applet to illustrate rotational symmetry and investigate cyclic designs and point symmetry.
Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 16: Use the properties of similarity transformations to establish the angleangle (AA) criterion for two triangles to be similar. [GSRT3]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Relating Rotations to Symmetry
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students investigate the relationship between rotations and the symmetry in a figure or a design. They use an interactive Java applet to illustrate rotational symmetry and investigate cyclic designs and point symmetry. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Relationships Between Reflections and Symmetry
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students learn the properties of designs that have bilateral symmetry. They also make their own designs and investigate dihedral symmetry.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (8) 19: Understand that a twodimensional figure is similar to another if the second can be obtained from the first by a sequence of rotations, reflections, translations, and dilations; given two similar twodimensional figures, describe a sequence that exhibits the similarity between them. [8G4]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Relationships Between Reflections and Symmetry
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students learn the properties of designs that have bilateral symmetry. They also make their own designs and investigate dihedral symmetry. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Symmetries I
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In this unit of four lessons, from Illuminations, investigate rotational symmetry. They learn about the mathematical properties of rotations and have an opportunity to make their own designs.
Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 14: Verify experimentally the properties of dilations given by a center and a scale factor. [GSRT1]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Symmetries I
Description: In this unit of four lessons, from Illuminations, investigate rotational symmetry. They learn about the mathematical properties of rotations and have an opportunity to make their own designs. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Symmetries II
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In this unit of four lessons, from Illuminations, students use Java applets to investigate reflection, mirror, or bilateral symmetry. They learn about the mathematical properties of mirror symmetry and have a chance to create designs with mirror symmetry.
Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 16: Use the properties of similarity transformations to establish the angleangle (AA) criterion for two triangles to be similar. [GSRT3]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Symmetries II
Description: In this unit of four lessons, from Illuminations, students use Java applets to investigate reflection, mirror, or bilateral symmetry. They learn about the mathematical properties of mirror symmetry and have a chance to create designs with mirror symmetry. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Symmetries III
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This lesson, from Illuminations, helps students to understand how translations work and what happens when two or more translations are applied one after the other. Students discover that all band ornaments have translational symmetry and all wallpaper patterns have translational symmetry in at least two directions.
Standard(s): [MA2013] MI1 (912) 9: Analyze works of visual art and architecture for mathematical relationships. (Alabama)
Subject: Mathematics Title: Symmetries III
Description: This lesson, from Illuminations, helps students to understand how translations work and what happens when two or more translations are applied one after the other. Students discover that all band ornaments have translational symmetry and all wallpaper patterns have translational symmetry in at least two directions. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Symmetries IV
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This lesson, from Illuminations, helps students to understand and identify glide reflections. With the help of a Java applet, students construct glide reflections using a translation and a reflection. Students then identify glide reflections from groups of band ornaments and wallpaper patterns.
Standard(s): [MA2013] 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: Symmetries IV
Description: This lesson, from Illuminations, helps students to understand and identify glide reflections. With the help of a Java applet, students construct glide reflections using a translation and a reflection. Students then identify glide reflections from groups of band ornaments and wallpaper patterns. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: History on Stage PopUp Lesson
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This lesson plan, developed in support of the exhibition Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop, and Turn , introduces students to the variety of mechanisms included in movable books and encourages them to build their own popup in support of a social studies lesson. Making popups subtly reinforces student's understanding of mechanical movement and helps budding architects, designers, and engineers begin to envision objects threedimensionally.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (8) 16: Verify experimentally the properties of rotations, reflections, and translations: [8G1]
Subject: Arts,Mathematics,Social Studies, Language arts Title: History on Stage PopUp Lesson
Description: This lesson plan, developed in support of the exhibition Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop, and Turn , introduces students to the variety of mechanisms included in movable books and encourages them to build their own popup in support of a social studies lesson. Making popups subtly reinforces student's understanding of mechanical movement and helps budding architects, designers, and engineers begin to envision objects threedimensionally. Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian Grade Span: 5,6,7,8
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Title: Go the Distance
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This lesson is the fourth part of a fourpart Illuminations unit titled '' Analyzing Numeric and Geometric Patterns of Paper Pool.'' The interactive paper pool game in this unit provides an opportunity for students to further develop their understanding of ratio, proportion, and least common multiple. At the end of the lesson, students write reports on their findings. This resource is referenced in the Illuminations unit titled '' Analyzing Numeric and Geometric Patterns of Paper Pool'' and is related to the Illuminations lessons titled '' Paper Pool Game,'' '' Explore More Tables,'' '' Look for Patterns.''
Standard(s): [MA2013] (8) 18: Describe the effect of dilations, translations, rotations, and reflections on twodimensional figures using coordinates. [8G3]
Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics Title: Go the Distance
Description: This lesson is the fourth part of a fourpart Illuminations unit titled '' Analyzing Numeric and Geometric Patterns of Paper Pool.'' The interactive paper pool game in this unit provides an opportunity for students to further develop their understanding of ratio, proportion, and least common multiple. At the end of the lesson, students write reports on their findings. This resource is referenced in the Illuminations unit titled '' Analyzing Numeric and Geometric Patterns of Paper Pool'' and is related to the Illuminations lessons titled '' Paper Pool Game,'' '' Explore More Tables,'' '' Look for Patterns.'' Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: Archimedes' Puzzle
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In this lesson, students learn about the history of the Stomachion, an ancient tangramtype puzzle. Students use the puzzle pieces to create other figures, learn about symmetry and transformations and investigate the areas of the pieces.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (8) 19: Understand that a twodimensional figure is similar to another if the second can be obtained from the first by a sequence of rotations, reflections, translations, and dilations; given two similar twodimensional figures, describe a sequence that exhibits the similarity between them. [8G4]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Archimedes' Puzzle
Description: In this lesson, students learn about the history of the Stomachion, an ancient tangramtype puzzle. Students use the puzzle pieces to create other figures, learn about symmetry and transformations and investigate the areas of the pieces. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8
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Title: Algebraic Transformations
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In this unit of two lessons, from Illuminations, students learn about the commutative and associative properties using geometric shapes. They investigate the concepts first using a rectangle then using a plus sign shape and a triangle.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (8) 18: Describe the effect of dilations, translations, rotations, and reflections on twodimensional figures using coordinates. [8G3]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Algebraic Transformations
Description: In this unit of two lessons, from Illuminations, students learn about the commutative and associative properties using geometric shapes. They investigate the concepts first using a rectangle then using a plus sign shape and a triangle. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: Commutative Rectangle
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students investigate the concepts of identity, inverse, commutativity, and associativity using a geometric model. Moves are performed with a rectangle, and the results of an operation that combines two moves are analyzed. Students determine if the operation is commutative or associative, if an identity element exists, or if there are inverses for any of the moves.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (8) 18: Describe the effect of dilations, translations, rotations, and reflections on twodimensional figures using coordinates. [8G3]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Commutative Rectangle
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students investigate the concepts of identity, inverse, commutativity, and associativity using a geometric model. Moves are performed with a rectangle, and the results of an operation that combines two moves are analyzed. Students determine if the operation is commutative or associative, if an identity element exists, or if there are inverses for any of the moves. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: Geometric Quilts
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This podcast is intended to accompany the lesson "Geometric Quilts." It is intended to be shown to the class between the design and creation segments of the project. Students will get tips to putting their quilt together properly and will get to see other students' completed quilts. Students will also see some quilts that were not properly constructed in hopes that they will not make the same mistakes. Standard(s):
[MA2013] GEO (912) 34: Determine areas and perimeters of regular polygons, including inscribed or circumscribed polygons, given the coordinates of vertices or other characteristics. (Alabama)
Geometric Quilts Overview: This podcast is intended to accompany the lesson "Geometric Quilts." It is intended to be shown to the class between the design and creation segments of the project. Students will get tips to putting their quilt together properly and will get to see other students' completed quilts. Students will also see some quilts that were not properly constructed in hopes that they will not make the same mistakes.
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Title: Understanding Congruence, Similarity, and Symmetry Using Transformations and Interactive Figures: Visualizing Transformations
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The interactive figures in this fourpart example from Illuminations allow a user to manipulate a shape and observe its behavior under a particular transformation or composition of transformations. eMath Investigations are selected eexamples from the electronic version of the Principles and Standards of School Mathematics (PSSM). The eexamples are part of the electronic version of the PSSM document. Given their interactive nature and focused discussion tied to the PSSM document, the eexamples are natural companions to the iMath investigations.
Standard(s): [MA2013] 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: Understanding Congruence, Similarity, and Symmetry Using Transformations and Interactive Figures: Visualizing Transformations
Description: The interactive figures in this fourpart example from Illuminations allow a user to manipulate a shape and observe its behavior under a particular transformation or composition of transformations. eMath Investigations are selected eexamples from the electronic version of the Principles and Standards of School Mathematics (PSSM). The eexamples are part of the electronic version of the PSSM document. Given their interactive nature and focused discussion tied to the PSSM document, the eexamples are natural companions to the iMath investigations. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: Cyclic Figures
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Students will recognize rotation symmetry in figures and examining various rotation symmetries.
Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 6: Use geometric descriptions of rigid motions to transform figures and to predict the effect of a given rigid motion on a given figure; given two figures, use the definition of congruence in terms of rigid motions to decide if they are congruent. [GCO6]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Cyclic Figures
Description: Students will recognize rotation symmetry in figures and examining various rotation symmetries. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: Dihedral Figures
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Students will recognize dihedral symmetry and reflections in figures and examining various symmetries.
Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 15: Given two figures, use the definition of similarity in terms of similarity transformations to decide if they are similar; explain using similarity transformations the meaning of similarity for triangles as the equality of all corresponding pairs of angles and the proportionality of all corresponding pairs of sides. [GSRT2]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Dihedral Figures
Description: Students will recognize dihedral symmetry and reflections in figures and examining various symmetries. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12
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Title: Understanding Congruence, Similarity, and Symmetry Using Transformations and Interactive Figures: Composing Reflections
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This is part three of a fourpart eexample from Illuminations that features interactive figures that allow a user to manipulate a shape and observe its behavior under a particular transformation or composition of transformations. In this part, Composing Reflections, users can examine the result of reflecting a shape successively through two different lines. eMath Investigations are selected eexamples 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 eexamples are natural companions to the iMath Investigations.
Standard(s): [MA2013] 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: Understanding Congruence, Similarity, and Symmetry Using Transformations and Interactive Figures: Composing Reflections
Description: This is part three of a fourpart eexample from Illuminations that features interactive figures that allow a user to manipulate a shape and observe its behavior under a particular transformation or composition of transformations. In this part, Composing Reflections, users can examine the result of reflecting a shape successively through two different lines. eMath Investigations are selected eexamples 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 eexamples are natural companions to the iMath Investigations. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: Understanding Congruence, Similarity, and Symmetry Using Transformations and Interactive Figures: Composing Transformations
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This is part four of a fourpart eexample from Illuminations that features interactive figures that allow a user to manipulate a shape and observe its behavior under a particular transformation or composition of transformations. In this part, Composing Transformations, the users are challenged to compose equivalent transformations in two different ways. eMath Investigations are selected eexamples 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 eexamples are natural companions to the iMath Investigations.
Standard(s): [MA2013] 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: Understanding Congruence, Similarity, and Symmetry Using Transformations and Interactive Figures: Composing Transformations
Description: This is part four of a fourpart eexample from Illuminations that features interactive figures that allow a user to manipulate a shape and observe its behavior under a particular transformation or composition of transformations. In this part, Composing Transformations, the users are challenged to compose equivalent transformations in two different ways. eMath Investigations are selected eexamples 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 eexamples are natural companions to the iMath Investigations. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8

