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Subject: Mathematics (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Counting at Christmas
Description: In this lesson students will count and represent the cardinality of a given number.  Students will actively be engaged with virtual and tangible manipulatives. Students will be creating and sharing their artworks to represent a given number 0-20.


Subject: Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Stop, Look, and Find Shapes in Our School and Community!
Description: This is a project-based lesson that provides many hands-on opportunities for students to learn about shapes in their environment. Students are challenged to find shapes in our world using everyday technology. Students review the characteristics of basic shapes such as squares, triangles, circles, etc. They will then learn how to use digital cameras to capture shapes in the environment and will create a digital book of their photos.


Subject: Arts Education (1), or English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (K), or Science (1)
Title: Get Jiggy With It!
Description: Students will exhibit their understanding of character through improvisation.  Students will listen to a story and act out the actions.  They will demonstrate the verbs and adjectives that describe their characters' movements.


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


Subject: Mathematics (K - 2), or Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Simple Machines
Description: This lesson will teach students about simple machines. Students will have an opportunity to explore and identify simple machines used in their everyday lives. Students will enjoy learning as they play a game on the Internet about simple machines. 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 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Congruent Figures
Description: This lesson is an introduction to a unit about congruent shapes. Students will begin by listening to a book about shapes. They will then complete several hands-on activities, including sorting shapes, using their bodies to form congruent shapes, and using activities on the Internet to practice forming congruent shapes.


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 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Lucky Charms Graphs
Description: This culminating lesson will use Lucky Charms cereal for review of sorting, counting, tally marks, and graphing. This is a fun and tasty way for students to learn about math.


Subject: English Language Arts (K), or English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Science (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: What's Inside a Pumpkin?
Description: As part of a study on pumpkins, students will discover what's inside a pumpkin by observing a pumpkin, making individual booklets, and tasting baked pumpkin seeds.


Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (1 - 3), or English Language Arts (1 - 3), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 5)
Title: It's Your Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
Description: This lesson plan is intended to be used during the month of March when the class is preparing to celebrate Dr. Seuss Day. After listening to and reading different stories by Dr. Seuss, the students have opportunities to compare and contrast story elements through critical thinking and Venn diagrams.


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.


Subject: English Language Arts (K), or English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (K)
Title: There's Magic In Green Eggs and Ham
Description: As a part of a unit about Dr. Suess, students will learn about sequential order. Student understanding will be aided by the use of hands-on preparation of green eggs and ham, dictation, flannel board, sentence strips, and a living center.


Subject: Mathematics (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Counting Zero to Five
Description: Students will be introduced in this lesson to the numerals zero through five. Students will associate the numeral with the correct number of objects. Students will demonstrate their understanding of the quantities zero through five showing "How many?" by counting their fingers or using a closed fist for zero.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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: Calculating Patterns: Looking Back and Moving Forward      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, is designed as a summative assessment of students understanding of patterns. It measures their ability to create, extend, and interpret patterns in multiple ways.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Who's in the Fact Family?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore the relation of addition to subtraction. Students use problem-solving skills to find fact families, including those in which one addend is zero or in which the addends are alike.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Calculating Patterns      Add Bookmark
Description: In this eight lesson unit, from Illuminations, students represent patterns in different ways. They solve problems; make, explain, and defend conjectures; make generalizations; and extend and clarify their knowledge.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics, Science
Title: Sampling Rocks      Add Bookmark
Description: The purpose of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is for students to learn about sampling through an investigation of rocks found in the schoolyard. In this lesson, students collect and analyze a sampling of rocks from the schoolyard. They sort the collected rocks by characteristics such as size, weight, and color, to see if any generalizations can be made about the types of rocks that can be found in the schoolyard.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Sorting      Add Bookmark
Description: The purpose of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is to develop the idea that information can be more easily managed and retrieved if it is logically sorted and stored, using the example of books in a library. The activities in this lesson focus on sorting and ordering things so that they can be easily retrieved at a later date.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 1,2,3



Subject: Mathematics
Title: More and More Buttons      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students use buttons to create, model, and record addition sentences. They also explore commutativity in addition contexts.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: Fact Families      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students use books and connecting cubes to explore the relationship of addition to subtraction. Students search for related addition and subtraction facts for a given number using a virtual or actual calculator to find differences. They also investigate fact families when one addend is 0 as well as when the addends are the same. 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: Button Trains      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students describe order by using vocabulary such as before, after, and between. They also review and use both cardinal and ordinal numbers.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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: Get the Picture--Get the Story      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore the connections between mathematics and football. Students examine four pictures of things typically found at a football game--players, a scoreboard, a crowd, and a concession stand. They then create problem situations that correspond to their interpretation of each of the pictures.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Arts,Mathematics
Title: Sing and Show Patterns      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, accommodates multiple learning styles by engaging students in creating patterns with movement and translating the patterns into other forms.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Celebrate the 100th day of school!      Add Bookmark
Description: As a class, students work in small groups to create a '' 100th Day'' book.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Finding Four      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore the number four. They make sets of four, write the numeral 4, and compare sets of four to sets of one, two, and three.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Building Sets of Six      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students construct sets of six, compare them with sets of a size up to six objects, and write the numeral 6. They also show a set of six on a 10 Frame and on a recording chart. 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: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: How Many Buttons?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students review classification, make sets of a given number, explore relationships between numbers, and find numbers that are one more and one less than a given number. They apply their knowledge of classification as they play a game similar to bingo. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Three in a Set      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students construct sets of three, compare them with sets of two, and write the numeral 3. They also show a set of three on their recording chart.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Health,Mathematics
Title: Pyramid Power      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students make sets of a given number, explore relationships between numbers, and write numbers that enumerate how many elements are in a group. They make and record sets of one more and one less than a given number. They have the opportunity to apply their reasoning and communication skills in this lesson.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Using the Number Line to Compare      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students determine differences using the number line to compare lengths. Because this model is based on linear measurement, it is a distinctly different representation from the models presented in the first two lessons of this unit. At the end of this lesson, children are encouraged to predict differences and answer puzzles involving subtraction.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Building Sets of Seven      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students construct and identify sets of seven objects. They compare sets of up to seven items and record a set of seven in chart form.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Count to 10: Looking Back and Moving Forward      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students review this unit by creating, decomposing, and comparing sets of zero to ten objects and by writing the cardinal number for each set.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Writing Numerals to Five      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students construct groups of a given size, recognize the number in the group, and record that number in numerals. By doing this, they learn the number words through five in order (namely, to rote count) and develop the ability to count rationally. 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: One, Two, Three--Go      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, after reviewing the numbers two and three, students construct and identify sets of one. They compare sets of one, two, and three objects, and then they record a set of three in chart form.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Building Sets of 11 and 12      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore sets of 11 and 12. They use bean sticks, connecting cubes, and ten frames to construct sets of 11 and 12. Then, they record and compare them the sets.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Finding Fact Families      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore the relation of addition to subtraction. Then the children search for related addition and subtraction facts for a given number. They also investigate fact families, including those where one addend is 0 and where the addends are alike. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
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: 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



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Create a House Number: Grades 1-2      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students look for all the possible solution sets for a mathematics problem involving a three-digit house number. They experiment with numbers to find all possible ways to add three different digits to obtain the given sum of six and explore the ways three digits can be placed together to form different three-digit numbers.
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: How Many More?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students write subtraction problems, model them with sets of fish-shaped crackers, and communicate their findings in words and pictures. They record differences in words and symbols. The additive identity is reviewed in the context of comparing equal sets. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: What's My Rule for Sorting?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students build on prior knowledge of sorting and classifying when they recognize sorts and name rules for sorting. They identify common properties in the classroom environment and then make, explain, and defend conjectures to extend their knowledge.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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