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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: English Language Arts (2), or English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (K - 3), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: "No More Money Trouble"
Description: This lesson will allow students to identify and count money. They will enjoy playing with coins that look like real money. This lesson is guaranteed to motivate students through the use of hands-on and cooperative group activities. 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: 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), 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: 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: 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: Illuminations Activities      Add Bookmark
Description: This Web page, from Illuminations, allows users to access all of Illuminations' online, interactive activities. The activities span the grades and encompass all areas of mathematics.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Health,Mathematics
Title: Sorting Foods      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students visit a Web site to play a game related to the food pyramid and sort foods using the categories of the food pyramid. They also create sets up to ten and write numerals up to ten. This lesson makes a natural connection to the science of nutrition.
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 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: Let's Count to 5      Add Bookmark
Description: In this seven-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students make groups of zero through five objects and connect number words to the groups. They use numerals to record the size of a group. Familiar nursery rhymes and songs and visual, auditory and kinesthetic activities are included in each lesson. The unit is most appropriate for students learning at the prekindergarten and kindergarten levels.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Let's Count to 10      Add Bookmark
Description: In this eight-lesson unit from Illuminations, students make groups of zero to ten 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 included in each lesson. The unit is most appropriate for students learning at the kindergarten and grade one levels.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Building Sets of Ten      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore sets of up to 10 items and practice writing the numbers 0 through 10. Students count back from 10, identify sets of up to 10 objects, and record 10 on a chart. They also construct and decompose sets of up to 10 items. This lesson provides opportunities for reasoning and communication.
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: 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: Balancing Act      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Illuminations lesson plan, students use mathematical models to represent and understand quantitative relationships. They are presented with pictures of pan balances with one or more objects in each pan. From these pictures, students discover relationships between and among the weights of the objects by comparing the balanced pans with those that are out of balance.
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



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