ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics (K), or Social Studies (K) Title: Who Makes Up a Family
Description: Other than their own families, kindergarteners have very little knowledge of how families are configured. This lesson will explore how families can be blended, with multiple configurations of people.
Subject: Mathematics (K) Title: Interactive Calendar
Description: Students will explore a calendar through an interactive PowerPoint. They will apply this knowledge independently on an actual calendar.
Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (K  2), or Credit Recovery Science (2), or Science (4), or Technology Education (K  2) Title: Digging In For Dirt Day!
Description: This lesson is managed through stations that students will rotate around every 20 30 minutes. Each second grade teacher conducts one station. Parent volunteers can also be used to manage stations. Students will use an auger to gather soil, produce a soil painting, make a dirt cup to represent layers of soil, do a Shake It Up! activity to examine how soil settles, and examine local soil.
This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU Project.
Subject: Mathematics (K) Title: A Scentsable Solution
Description: Students will use a variety of math operations to create a flower bouquet within a budget.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
Subject: Mathematics (K  2) Title: What’s That Coin?
Description: This Five E’s AMSTI lesson prompts students to pay close attention to the details on each of the four U.S. coins as they learn the coin names. Students watch a video clip about the differences in the coins, sort real coins by attributes, and describe details observed on each coin during this activity. Student knowledge of coin names is cemented during a large group electronic coin sorting and naming activity. Finally, small groups graph collections of coins.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
Subject: Character Education (K  12), or Mathematics (K  2) Title: What's in a Name: Graphing Lesson
Description: During this lesson, students will learn to graph information. After reading, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, students will discuss the length of their names. Students will learn to graph their names and compare their names to others.
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 handson 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: Character Education (K  12), 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: Graphing M
Description: During this lesson, students will learn how to create a graph using M&M's. Students will compare the different numbers of M&M's by creating different math problems. Students will practice working different math problems on the Internet. Experience from this activity will be used to participate in the voting process.
Subject: Mathematics (K  2), or Technology Education (K  2) Title: Animal Cracker Sorting
Description: In this lesson students will be given the opportunity to practice using mathematical vocabulary to describe a set of data. Following data collection students will also create a graph using the computer.
Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (K  2), or Credit Recovery Science (1), or Science (3), or Technology Education (K  2) Title: "Nuts" About Peanuts! (Reading)
Description: The lesson will be implemented as part of a unit about plants. The students will learn about the growth cycle of a peanut and use a FiveStep Sequence Thinksheet to sequence the steps. They will also make predictions and complete activities to check their predictions/draw conclusions (including math skills of graphing and comparing). Student understanding will be enhanced with the use of books, class discussions, and the Internet.
Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (K  3) Title: Glorious Sunflowers
Description: In this lesson students will identify, measure and graph seeds and other characteristics of sunflowers and write descriptive and narrative paragraphs about sunflowers.
Subject: Mathematics (K  3), or Credit Recovery Science (3), or Science (2) Title: What do Plants Need?
Description: In this lesson, students will understand that in order to grow healthy plants, soil, water, light, and air must be provided. Students will use math skills such as measurement and science process skills such as observation, comparing, and recording data.
Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics Title: Using the Number Line to Compare
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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: Begin with Buttons: Looking Back and Moving Forward
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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,Social Studies Title: My Pet
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students develop and use spatial relationships and spatial memory by creating a map of a pet. The students use visual and spatial skills, measure with nonstandard units, and describe '' trips'' around their pet using directional and positional words. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
Subject: Mathematics Title: Freckle Face
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Description: This lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, initiates the development of skills in collecting and recording data. Students collect data about a partner s face and tally the data from the whole class. They learn the convention for displaying a set of five using tally marks. Students then create a pictograph and pose and answer questions about the data set. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
Subject: Mathematics,Science Title: How Big Is Your Heart?
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students explore the size of their hearts. They do this by measuring the length, width, and circumference of their fists and relating this to the size of their hearts. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
Subject: Mathematics,Science Title: Plastic Packaging
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students investigate data in connection with recyclable materials and develop plans to help the environment. Students gather and graph data about plastic packaging and recycling and then interpret the graph to assist in developing a recycling plan. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics Title: Calculating Patterns
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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 Title: More and More Buttons
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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: Mathematics Title: Estimation and Measurement
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Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students are introduced to the concept of units of measurement. Students first measure with the idea of units in mind and are then challenged to consider why it is important to have standardized units of measurement. Then they measure with standardized units and compare results with one another. Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks Grade Span: K,1,2
Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics Title: How Many Buttons?
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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: Health,Mathematics Title: Pyramid Power
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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: Judge and Jury
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on the uses of numbers. The activities use the theme of games to develop concepts of measurement and statistics. Students are asked to measure distances using standard and nonstandard units and to record their measurement in various tables. Then use descriptive statistics to report the results. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
Subject: Mathematics Title: Balancing Act
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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: Shirts Full of Buttons
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students explore subtraction in the comparative mode by answering questions such as How many more? and How many less? as they match sets of buttons. They also make and discuss bar graphs based on the number of buttons they are wearing. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
Subject: Mathematics Title: Counting Back and Counting On
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Description: This lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, focuses on the counting model for subtraction. Students model numbers as a counting book is read. They then make a chain of links and write in vertical and horizontal format the differences suggested by adding and subtracting one link at a time from their chains. Finally, they draw a chain showing one link being taken away and write in two formats the difference it represents. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
Subject: Mathematics Title: Measuring with Our Foot
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students measure distances using an outline cutout of their own foot. This enables students to practice using nonstandard units and to compare the measurement totals using their feet and the teacher s foot (used in a previous lesson). Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
Subject: Mathematics Title: Building Sets of 17 and 18
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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: Health,Mathematics Title: Sorting Foods
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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: Mathematics Title: Building Sets of Ten
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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

