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Subject: Mathematics (1)
Title: Let's Throw Paper!! Addition Game
Description: Students will throw addition problems or answers (on paper) across the classroom and find the matching problem or answer! Students will use mental math to compute the matching answer. Students will quietly walk around the classroom to find the person with the matching paper. Let’s throw math around! This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: Mathematics (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Adding with the Associative Property
Description: Students will learn ways to add using the associative property of addition. Students will view a PowerPoint presentation to introduce associative property of addition.


Subject: Mathematics (1)
Title: Cookie Jar Subtraction
Description: In this language development subtraction lesson English Language Learners will learn and practice using vocabulary and sentence structures for subtraction. The lesson incorporates technology, hands-on manipulatives, and multiple opportunities for interaction to engage students in the math content. The format follows the Sheltered English Instructional Protocol (SIOP).


Subject: Mathematics (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: You Can Add!
Description: Students will learn ways to add using the associative property of addition.  Students will view a PowerPoint presentation to introduce associative property of addition.


Subject: Mathematics (1 - 4), or Social Studies (2)
Title: How Many Times Did You Add That?
Description: After watching the video clip of the Hershey's plant, students will use grid paper to investigate multiplication as repeated addition.  This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.


Subject: Mathematics (K - 1), or Science (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: To Push or Pull, That Is The Question?
Description: In group students will learn to identify pushes and pulls. Students will learn how a push or pull will affect various items. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


Subject: Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: We Are Family!
Description: This is a fun way to incorporate fun with addition and subtraction fact families.  The students will have fun matching facts and making a happy home.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


Subject: 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 (1)
Title: Cracker Math (Commutative Property)
Description: During this lesson students will listen to the story FISH EYES: A BOOK YOU CAN COUNT ON by Lois Ehlert and use concrete objects to explore the commutative property of addition. During this lesson students will be guided through exercises to strengthen knowledge that the order of the addends has no effect upon the sum. In mathematical terms, a+b=b+a. They will also use the internet to practice what they have learned during this lesson.


Subject: Mathematics (1 - 3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Multiplication Facts, Facts, Facts and Some Reese's Pieces for Snack!!
Description: This lesson teaches the basic math multiplication facts in a fun way so that students will want to remember them. Knowledge of all multiplication facts will help with learning subsequent skills in longer multiplication, division, fractions, etc.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Mathematics
Title: Calculating Patterns      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students use an Internet-based calculator that is linked with an interactive Hundred Chart to create, extend, and record numerical patterns in different ways. By connecting the two representations, students observe the numerical patterns as they are created.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Numbers Many Ways      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students work with subtraction at the intuitive level as they explore number families and ways to decompose numbers to 10. They also identify members of fact families.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Health,Mathematics
Title: Try for Five      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore the many ways to decompose numbers and then build on their knowledge of addition and subtraction to find missing addends. They also visit a Web site related to the food pyramid.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Fact Family Fun      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, the relation of addition to subtraction is explored with fish-shaped crackers. The students search for related addition and subtraction facts for a given number and investigate fact families when one addend or the difference is 0.
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: Addend Pairs to 12      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore pairs of numbers that add to 12 or less by playing a game. They then add to their personal addition chart and prepare a new chart that allows access to the facts they do not know.
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, the relationship of subtraction to addition is introduced with a book and with dominoes. Then, the children explore the concept of missing addends. They also add cards with sums of 4 to their individual set of triangle-shaped flash cards. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Some Special Sums      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students practice doubles and doubles-plus-one addition facts. They record their current level of mastery of the addition facts on their personal addition chart.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Block Pounds       Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Illuminations, students explore the use of variables as unknowns as they solve for the weights of objects using information presented in pictures. They also model situations that involve the addition and subtraction of whole numbers, using objects, pictures, and symbols.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: How Many Under the Shell?      Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive from Illuminations allows students to discover basic addition and subtraction facts. When Okta hides bubbles, students try to determine the number under the shell.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Finding Sums to Six      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students discover the role of the additive identity and explore sums to six. They continue to fill in their personal addition chart.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Counting to Find Sums      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, focuses on the counting model for addition and begins with reading a counting book. Students model the numbers with counters as the book is read. Then they count the spots on each side of a domino and write in vertical and horizontal format the sums suggested by dominoes. Finally, the students illustrate a domino and record a sum it represents for their portfolio. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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