ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics (K  2), or Technology Education (K  2) Title: Stop, Look, and Find Shapes in Our School and Community!
Description: This is a projectbased lesson that provides many handson 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: 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: Shape Makers
Description: In this Five E’s AMSTI lesson, students discover relationships between shapes. Students discover multiple ways to combine shapes to fill the area of a given shape using real and virtual pattern blocks, and share their solutions with peers. Children create puzzles for a partner and play an online game to reinforce their learning.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
Subject: Character Education (K  12), or English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (K  1), or Technology Education (K  2) Title: "Shape Up or Ship Out"
Description: In this activity, students will identify shapes that architects use to build houses. Students will then explore these shapes by building a model "dream" home.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU Project.
Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (K  2) Title: Guess My Shape
Description: The students will make the connection between 2D and 3D shapes using modeling clay and geometric solids and participate in an interactive web lesson. Students will make predictions about what 2D shape they think will be made when they press 3D solids into modeling clay. They will then check their predictions.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (K  2) Title: What Can Shapes Be....
Description: This is a handson lesson that will help students explore shapes in their environment. Students will work in diverse groups to complete this activity. Students will make a class book of their findings.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU Project.
Subject: Mathematics (K  4), or Science (4) Title: Geometric Shadows
Description: Students will identify objects as translucent, transparent, or opaque. Upon seeing the shadow of the opaque object, students will identify the geometric figure created by the shadow.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU Project.
Subject: Mathematics (K), or Technology Education (K  2) Title: Geometric Shapes
Description: During this lesson, students will explore shapes and become aware of shapes all around them. They will search for shapes in a variety of places and explore shapes on the Internet.
Subject: Mathematics (K  2), or Technology Education (K  2) Title: Shapes in the Classroom
Description: This lesson will teach students to identify solid figures found in the classroom and in magazines. Students will also learn more about solid figures using the Internet.
Subject: 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: Arts Education (K), or Mathematics (K  2), or Technology Education (K  2) Title: Tantalizing Tangrams
Description: This is an introductory lesson using tangrams. Students will observe the seven geometric shapes that make up the tangram in a variety of ways that exhibit spatial relationships. They will have handson experiences using these tangrams to create new shapes. Finally, they will try to make the seven shapes form a square.
Subject: Mathematics (K  2), or Technology Education (K  2) Title: Getting Into "Shape"
Description: Through observation and hands on activity, students identify plane shapes that make up geometric solids (space shapes).
Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics Title: Comparing Sets
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, a children s book sets the stage for encouraging students to review counting back. Students write subtraction problems and model them with cubes. They then compare sets and record differences in the form of a table. 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: Helping Ladybug Hide with Arrows and Angles
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students use a Java applet to hide a ladybug under a leaf. This requires experimentation, planning, and understanding of spatial relationships and visual memory. 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: Developing Geometry Understandings and Spatial Skills through Puzzlelike Problems with Tangrams
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Description: Describing figures and visualizing what they look like when they are transformed through rotations or flips or are put together or taken apart in different ways are important aspects of geometry in the lower grades. This twopart tangram example from Illuminations demonstrates the potential for highquality experiences provided by computer 'shape' environments for students as they learn concepts described in the Geometry Standard. Problemsolving tasks that involve physical manipulatives as well as virtual manipulatives afford many students an entry into mathematics that they might not otherwise experience. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,1,2
Subject: Mathematics Title: Geoboards
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students identify and recognize triangles using multiple representations, locate triangles in their environment, and construct triangles. Students use geoboards to explore the characteristics of triangles. 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 Title: Shape Cutter
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Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to explore how they can decompose shapes and recompose them to make other shapes. Students draw and cut shapes, and also use slides, turns, and flips to move the cut pieces around. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Subject: Mathematics Title: Get the Turtle to the Pond
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Description: This lesson, from Illuminations, provides opportunities for creative problem solving while encouraging young students to estimate length and angle measure. Students are asked to enter a sequence of LOGO commands to help the turtle get to the pond. Children can write their own solutions using LOGO commands and input them into the computer. The turtle then moves and leaves a trail or path according to the instructions given. Two possible solutions or paths that students might have produced can be seen. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
Subject: Mathematics Title: Macaroni Math
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Description: In this sevenlesson unit, from Illuminations, students use pasta shapes to explore '' take away'' subtraction in several different contexts (counting, sets, number line, balanced equations and inverse of addition). They also decompose numbers and explore both the zero property and the relationship between addition and subtraction. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
Subject: Mathematics Title: Investigating the Concept of Triangle and Properties of Polygons: Creating Polygons
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Description: Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
Subject: Mathematics Title: Designing a Virtual Path
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students use their knowledge of numbers, measurement, and geometry to design a virtual path that enables a ladybug to hide under a leaf. They also develop navigational skills by testing to see if their path is accurate and then revising their solutions. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
Subject: Mathematics Title: Patch Tool
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Description: This student interactive from Illuminations allows students to create patches like those used in quilting. Triangles, squares, parallelograms, and other shapes are available. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics Title: Geometric Solids
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Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to explore various geometric solids and their properties. Students can virtually manipulate and color each solid to investigate properties such as the number of faces, edges, and vertices. Students can explore tetrahedrons, cubes, octahedrons, dodecahedrons, icosahedrons, and irregular polyhedrons. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Subject: Mathematics Title: Order, Order
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students seriate objects and review the meaning of ordinal numbers. They describe orderings in words and pictures. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
Subject: Mathematics Title: Learning Geometry and Measurement Concepts by Creating Paths and Navigating Mazes: Hiding Ladybug
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Description: This standalone applet is part of the Illuminations lesson titled '' Helping Ladybug Hide with Arrows and Angles.'' In the lesson, students use this applet to hide a ladybug under a leaf. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
Subject: Mathematics Title: Making Rectangles
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students use their knowledge of numbers, measurement, and geometry to plan the steps necessary to draw rectangles of different sizes. As they experiment, students begin to understand the relationship between the shape of a rectangle and the lengths of its sides. They also develop a sense of the amount of turn in a right angle. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
Subject: Mathematics,Social Studies Title: Going Places
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Description: This unit of seven lessons, from Illuminations, engages students in activities that use measurement and geometry. Students investigate various areas and objects they see each day to apply ideas of navigating in space and understanding the relationships among these various elements. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
Subject: Language Arts Title: We're Going on a Shape Hunt!
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Description: From dishes to doors, find shapes all around you while strengthening important reading and math skills. Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink Grade Span: K,1,2
Subject: Mathematics Title: Three Sides
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students identify and recognize triangles using multiple representations. Students use attributeblocks and engage in several activities while exploring the characteristics of triangles. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
Subject: Mathematics Title: Ladybug Mazes
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students plan a series of moves that navigate a ladybug through a maze. Their plans turn the ladybug at the appropriate corners and keep it on a path without crossing the walls. This activity helps students gain experience in estimating length and angle measures. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
Subject: Language Arts Title: Going on a Shape Hunt: Integrating Math and Literacy
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Description: Students participate in a scavenger hunt for shapes; reading, writing, and discussion of shapes encourage literacy and math skills. Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink Grade Span: K,1,2
Subject: Mathematics Title: Dynamic Paper Tool
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Description: Create customized activity sheets for your classroom! Nets of 3D shapes, tessellations, coordinate graphs, and more  all based on your input. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Subject: Mathematics Title: Figuring in Football
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students examine the influences of pattern, symmetry, and design in the realworld by looking at a football field. A football field has numerous figures that a young student can easily distinguish and others that can be rotated or embedded, which may call on spatial skills of a more challenging nature. Students identify congruent and similar geometric figures and recognize that rotations, translations, and reflections do not change geometric figures. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
Subject: Mathematics,Social Studies Title: Handy Map
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Description: This lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, engages students in creating a map of their hands. It provides purpose for using directional or positional words with mapping. The teacher draws an outline of his or her hands and begins mapping them using words the students suggest. This allows the teacher to assess positional concepts students currently know and to build on that knowledge. Students then create a simple map. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
Subject: Mathematics Title: Investigating Shapes
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Description: In this fivelesson unit, from Illuminations, students identify characteristics of triangles, manipulate electronic geoboards to construct triangles, and name the triangles relative locations. In addition, through music and observation, students identify triangles in their environment. These lessons are especially appropriate for students in prekindergarten and kindergarten. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
Subject: Mathematics Title: Pan Balance  Shapes
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Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, provides an interesting environment in which students can consider the concept of equivalence. The interactive pan balance uses multiple shapes with different values, allowing students to investigate what happens as different shapes are placed on the balance. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Subject: Language Arts Title: Teaching Shapes Using ReadAlouds, Visualization, and Sketch to Stretch
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Description: Visual clues in winterthemed books used in this lesson encourage students to make realworld math connections. Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink Grade Span: K,1,2

