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: English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (K  2), or Science (2), 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: 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: 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: Arts Education (2), or English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (K  2) Title: "Triangles and Things"
Description: The Greedy Triangle, a Marilyn Burns book, will assist students in determining the simple relationships among polygons. With a wish, the Greedy Triangle is transformed into various polygons. With the addition of a side and an angle, students will be able to determine the difference among triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, and hexagon. 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) Title: Connecting With Coordinates
Description: This lesson will allow students to practice plotting points on a grid. Students will have an opportunity to play a coordinate game. This lesson is handson and allows for cooperative learning.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: Character Education (K  12), or English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (K  2), or Technology Education (K  2) Title: Are You a Square or a Rectangle?
Description: During a handson, inquiry approach lesson, students will discover the difference between standard and nonstandard units of measure. 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: Character Education (K  12), or English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (K  4) Title: Twisted Tangrams
Description: In this lesson students will use a handson approach to problem solving. They will construct and manipulate tangrams to recreate animals from a story. 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 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  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.
Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
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: 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: Many Sets of Buttons
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students classify buttons and make disjointed and overlapping Venn diagrams. In an extension, they make and record linear patterns. 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: Illuminations Activities
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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: Mathematics Title: Creating, Describing, and Analyzing Patterns
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Description: In this fourlesson unit from Illuminations, students develop their understanding and use of patterns as they analyze relationships and make predictions. Students use interactive math applets to learn about repeating and growing patterns. 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: Mathematics, Science Title: Ready, Set, Let's Dough! It's a Matter of System
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Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students look at a complex system when they create their own play dough by taking several parts and creating a whole. Through their constructions, students gain an understanding that individual parts are used to make a whole. Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks Grade Span: K,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: 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: How Many More?
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students write subtraction problems, model them with sets of fishshaped 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: 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: Investigating the Concept of Triangle and the Properties of Polygons: Making Triangles
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Description: This twopart example from Illuminations describes activities using interactive geoboards to help students identify simple geometric shapes, describe their properties, and develop spatial sense. This first part, Making Triangles, focuses attention on the concept of triangle, helping students understand the mathematical meaning of a triangle and the idea of congruence, or sameness, in geometry. In the next part, Creating Polygons, students make and compare a variety of polygons, describing the salient properties of the shapes they create. eMath Investigations are selected eexamples from the electronic version of the Principles and Standards of School Mathematics (PSSM). The eexamples are part of the electronic version of the PSSM document. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,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: 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

