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Subject: Mathematics (K), or Physical Education (K - 1)
Title: The Iditarod Comes to Alabama
Description: Alabama students will experience the fun of an Iditarod race, in the South instead of Alaska.  Students will "walk" from one checkpoint to another using the northern route of the Iditarod. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: Arts Education (K), or Character Education (K - 12), or Counseling and Guidance (K - 12), or Mathematics (K)
Title: Movin' With My Maraca!
Description: In this lesson, students will explore the art of movement while also learning how to imitate a steady beat using a self made maraca. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: Mathematics (K - 2)
Title: "Bursting with Math"
Description: Using "Starburst" jelly beans to sort, graph and add.


Subject: Mathematics (K - 2)
Title: Show Me the Money
Description: In this lesson, students identify coins, describe their attributes, learn their value, and count like coins. Students view an interactive web lesson that provides practice. Concepts are taught using songs, poems and games.   This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.


Subject: Mathematics (K - 2), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Wheels All Around
Description: Students will use skip counting to see how many wheels visit the school during specified times in one day.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


Subject: Mathematics (K - 2)
Title: "Triple Addition Shuffle"
Description: Student will engage in a card game that will enhance their thinking while adding more than two numbers.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Mathematics (K)
Title: Counting Backward from Ten
Description: Students will be introduced in this lesson to the concept of orally counting backward from ten using a book, number cards, and the Internet.


Subject: Mathematics (K)
Title: Fishy Addition!
Description: In this lesson, students will use manipulatives to act out and solve simple addition problems.


Subject: Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Toy Store Money
Description: During this lesson students will have the opportunity to use real coins to purchase items in a class department store. Students will work to determine which coins they need to purchase an object. They will also practice counting skills on the Internet before the big shopping day.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: Counting Back and Counting On      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students model subtraction with connecting cubes while the teacher reads to them from counting books. Then, students make a train of connecting cubes and write in vertical and horizontal format the differences suggested by adding to and subtracting from the train, one cube at a time. Finally, students record in their learning portfolio for the unit a train showing one cube being taken away and record the difference in vertical and horizontal format. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Begin with Buttons: Looking Back and Moving Forward      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students review the work of the previous lessons through a variety of activity stations, one of which involves using an interactive Web site. Students model with buttons and record addition and subtraction.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Counting Back      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students count to compare plates of fish-shaped crackers and then record the comparison in vertical and horizontal format. They apply their skills of reasoning and problem-solving during this lesson in several ways. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Mathematics - Applied Mathematics , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Science - Biological and Life Sciences , Science - Earth science , Science - General Science , Science - Natural History , Science - Space Sciences , Science - Zoology , Vocational Education - Technical , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts , Informal Education - Business/Entrepreneurship training , Informal Education - Community service/Leadership/Team-building , Informal Education - Drama and Puppets , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking , Informal Education - Homework Help/Tutoring , Informal Education - Movement and Music , Informal Education - Photography/Digital Arts , Informal Education - School to Career Experience , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation , Informal Education - Technology Training , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: What Would You Pack For a Trip To Outer Space?      Add Bookmark
Description: Building your own private spaceship can be a lot of fun, but what travels with you can be just as important as what the outside looks like. Have you ever thought about what's on an astronaut's packing list?
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Practice Makes Perfect      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students focus on differences of numbers from 10. Students use a real or virtual calculator and play a concentration game.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Begin With Buttons      Add Bookmark
Description: In this eight lesson unit, from Illuminations, students use buttons to explore logical and numerical relationships. The unit begins with two lessons that focus on the two basic logical thinking skills, classification and seriation, which are the foundation for understanding numbers and number relationships. These abilities in turn form the basis for understanding addition and subtraction. In the next six lessons, students explore the relationships between numbers and model addition and subtraction sentences with buttons.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Zero Our Hero      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore sets of zero items and practice writing the numbers 0 through 5. Students count back from five, identify sets of up to five items, and record 0 on a chart. They also construct sets of up to five items.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: What's the Difference?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students use reasoning to find differences from numbers up to 10, using real and virtual calculators and an addition chart as tools. They also play a concentration game.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Building Numbers to Five      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students make groups of zero to five objects, connect number names to the groups, compose and decompose numbers, and use numerals to record the size of a group. Visual, auditory, and kinesthetic activities are used to help students begin to acquire a sense of number.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Recording Two Ways      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students make sets of pasta shapes, count some away, and then record the subtraction in vertical and horizontal formats. They draw a set and cross out some shapes; then, they write in both formats the subtraction that the drawing represents.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Numbers and Me      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on the uses of numbers. Students identify and use numbers in a real-life setting and interpret survey data.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Building Sets of 17 and 18      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore sets of up to18. They construct sets up to 18, write the numerals 17 and 18, and model 17 and 18 with bean sticks, cubes, and ten frames.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Comparing Connecting Cubes: Looking Back and Moving Forward      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, reviews the work of the previous lessons and suggests a framework for summative assessment. Students use the mathematical knowledge and skills developed in the previous lessons to demonstrate understanding and the ability to apply that knowledge to playing subtraction games.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Number and Operations Web Links      Add Bookmark
Description: This collection of Web links, reviewed and presented by Illuminations, offers teachers and students information about and practice in concepts related to arithmetic. Users can read the Illuminations Editorial Board's review of each Web site, or choose to link directly to the sites.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Connecting Numbers and Patterns      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, accommodates multiple learning styles by having students create patterns using different forms. For example, students use body movement or kinesthetic experiences to create and copy patterns. Students use knowledge and skills in new situations to develop a solid understanding of the process for creating patterns, recognizing pattern sequences, and representing patterns in different ways.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Multiple Patterns      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore patterns that involve doubling. They use objects and numbers in their exploration and record them using a table.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Building Sets of 19 and 20      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore sets of 19 and 20. They count up to 20, construct and decompose sets up to 20, and record the decompositions.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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