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Title: Show Me The Money
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Just what is a penny worth? Students explore various websites or printed fact sheet investigating the history and changes in density of pre and post 1982 pennies. They will also research the current price of copper and zinc and compare the ratios or pre and post 1982 pennies. Students then complete a handson lab experiment to determine the mass, volume, and density of pre and post 1982 pennies. Students determine if the pennies are worth saving?
Standard(s): [TC2] (35) 8: Collect information from a variety of digital sources.
Subject: Mathematics (8), or Credit Recovery Science (9  12), or Science (9  12), or Technology Education (K  5)
Title: Show Me The Money
Description: Just what is a penny worth? Students explore various websites or printed fact sheet investigating the history and changes in density of pre and post 1982 pennies. They will also research the current price of copper and zinc and compare the ratios or pre and post 1982 pennies. Students then complete a handson lab experiment to determine the mass, volume, and density of pre and post 1982 pennies. Students determine if the pennies are worth saving?
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Title: Popcorn  Bucket or Box?
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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.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (8) 24: Know the formulas for the volumes of cones, cylinders, and spheres, and use them to solve realworld and mathematical problems. [8G9]
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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Title: Nifty Nets
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During this activity, students will create nets for prisms. They will find the volume and surface area of the shapes. They will also use interactive activities to review threedimensional shapes.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU Project.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (8) 24: Know the formulas for the volumes of cones, cylinders, and spheres, and use them to solve realworld and mathematical problems. [8G9]
Subject: Mathematics (6  8)
Title: Nifty Nets
Description: During this activity, students will create nets for prisms. They will find the volume and surface area of the shapes. They will also use interactive activities to review threedimensional shapes.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU Project.
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Title: Water Tank Creations Part I
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In this lesson students will study the surface area and volume of threedimensional shapes by creating a water tank comprised of these shapes. Students will work in groups of 45 to research water tanks, develop scale drawings and build a scale model. Teacher will evaluate the project using a rubric and students will assess one anothers cooperative skills using a rubric.
Standard(s): [MA2015] GEO (912) 40: Apply concepts of density based on area and volume in modeling situations (e.g., persons per square mile, British Thermal Units (BTUs) per cubic foot).* [GMG2]
Subject: Mathematics (7  12), or Technology Education (9  12)
Title: Water Tank Creations Part I
Description: In this lesson students will study the surface area and volume of threedimensional shapes by creating a water tank comprised of these shapes. Students will work in groups of 45 to research water tanks, develop scale drawings and build a scale model. Teacher will evaluate the project using a rubric and students will assess one anothers cooperative skills using a rubric.
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Title: Swimming Pool Math
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Students will use a swimming pool example to practice finding perimeter and area of different rectangles.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (8) 24: Know the formulas for the volumes of cones, cylinders, and spheres, and use them to solve realworld and mathematical problems. [8G9]
Subject: Mathematics (6  12)
Title: Swimming Pool Math
Description: Students will use a swimming pool example to practice finding perimeter and area of different rectangles.
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Title: Building Using the FrontRightTop View
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students explore drawing the frontrighttop view when given a three dimensional figure built from cubes. Students also explore building a three dimensional figure when given the frontrighttop view.
Standard(s): [MA2015] 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: Building Using the FrontRightTop View
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students explore drawing the frontrighttop view when given a three dimensional figure built from cubes. Students also explore building a three dimensional figure when given the frontrighttop view. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: Circle Packing and Curvature
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In this lesson, one of a threepart unit from Illuminations, students investigate the curvature of circles. Students apply definitions and theorems regarding curvature to solve circle problems. In addition, there are links to an online activity sheet and other related resources.
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: Circle Packing and Curvature
Description: In this lesson, one of a threepart unit from Illuminations, students investigate the curvature of circles. Students apply definitions and theorems regarding curvature to solve circle problems. In addition, there are links to an online activity sheet and other related resources. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Soda Cans
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In this lesson, one of a threepart unit from Illuminations, students investigate various designs for packaging soda cans and use geometry to analyze their designs. Students work to create more efficient arrangements that require less packaging material than the traditional rectangular arrays. In addition, there are links to online activity sheets and other related resources.
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: Soda Cans
Description: In this lesson, one of a threepart unit from Illuminations, students investigate various designs for packaging soda cans and use geometry to analyze their designs. Students work to create more efficient arrangements that require less packaging material than the traditional rectangular arrays. 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: Scaling Away
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In this Illuminations lesson, students measure the dimensions of a common object, multiply each dimension by a scale factor, and examine a model using the multiplied dimensions. Students then compare the surface area and volume of the original object with those of the enlarged model.
Standard(s): [MA2015] GEO (912) 18: Use congruence and similarity criteria for triangles to solve problems and to prove relationships in geometric figures. [GSRT5]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Scaling Away
Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students measure the dimensions of a common object, multiply each dimension by a scale factor, and examine a model using the multiplied dimensions. Students then compare the surface area and volume of the original object with those of the enlarged model. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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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
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Title: Surface Area
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This reproducible transparency, from an Illuminations lesson, features equations for finding the ratios for computing the surface area of cylinders and rectangular prisms.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (8) 24: Know the formulas for the volumes of cones, cylinders, and spheres, and use them to solve realworld and mathematical problems. [8G9]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Surface Area
Description: This reproducible transparency, from an Illuminations lesson, features equations for finding the ratios for computing the surface area of cylinders and rectangular prisms. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: Patterns and Function
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In this lesson, from Illuminations, students investigate properties of perimeter, area, and volume related to various geometric two and threedimensional shapes.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (8) 24: Know the formulas for the volumes of cones, cylinders, and spheres, and use them to solve realworld and mathematical problems. [8G9]
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 threedimensional shapes. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8

