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Subject: Mathematics (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Shape Builders
Description: This is a lesson where students will be able to combine shapes to create new two-dimensional shapes.  Then students will be able to describe their new shape's attributes like whether or not it is curved, number of vertex, and sides. Students will need to have a strong understanding of their two-dimensional shapes and their attributes.


Subject: Mathematics (1)
Title: Origami Geometry
Description: Origami (ori-folding, kami-paper) is the traditional Japanese art of folding paper. Students will discover relationships between shapes as they are actively engaged in this hands on geometry lesson to learn basic geometric shapes, their angles, and symmetry.


Subject: Mathematics (1), or Social Studies (1)
Title: “Tan”: Formerly know as 七巧板 
Description: 七巧板 the I formerly known as "Tan" is the first of two lessons to introduce first grade students to geometry using tangrams. This lesson incorporates history, math, and language arts. In this lesson students will be able to identify the seven shapes associated with tangrams and the defining properties of each shape. Students will also use the tangrams to create geometric shapes.


Subject: Mathematics (1), or Social Studies (1)
Title: Tan II formerly known as “七巧板”
Description: Tan II formerly known as “七巧板” (pronounced she-tow-bah) is the second of two lessons to introduce first grade students to geometry using tangrams.  This lesson incorporates history, math, and language arts.  In this lesson students will build on their knowledge of geometric shapes and apply knowledge using logical reasoning.


Subject: Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Stop, Look, and Find Shapes in Our School and Community!
Description: This is a project-based lesson that provides many hands-on 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 - 2)
Title: "Bursting with Math"
Description: Using "Starburst" jelly beans to sort, graph and add.


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, GEMS-U Project.


Subject: English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (K - 2)
Title: Guess My Shape
Description: The students will make the connection between 2-D and 3-D shapes using modeling clay and geometric solids and participate in an interactive web lesson. Students will make predictions about what 2-D shape they think will be made when they press 3-D 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: Arts Education (1), or English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (K - 1), or Mathematics (1 - 2)
Title: Who's Line Is It Anyway? 
Description: In this lesson students will learn about line of symmetry in real life objects. An interactive web lesson is used to engage students and give a multitude of real life examples with some interactive practice. The lesson also includes an art activity in the extension. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.


Subject: English Language Arts (K), or English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (K - 2)
Title: What Can Shapes Be....
Description: This is a hands-on 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, GEMS-U 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, GEMS-U Project.


Subject: Arts Education (2), or English Language Arts (1 - 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 hands-on 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 (1 - 2), 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 hands-on, inquiry approach lesson, students will discover the difference between standard and non-standard 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 hands-on 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: 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: 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: English Language Arts (K), or 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 hands-on 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: Mathematics
Title: Helping Ladybug Hide with Arrows and Angles      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part 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
Title: Developing Geometry Understandings and Spatial Skills through Puzzlelike Problems with Tangrams      Add Bookmark
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 two-part tangram example from Illuminations demonstrates the potential for high-quality experiences provided by computer 'shape' environments for students as they learn concepts described in the Geometry Standard. Problem-solving 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      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part 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?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part 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      Add Bookmark
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, 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: Macaroni Math      Add Bookmark
Description: In this seven-lesson 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,Social Studies
Title: Going Places      Add Bookmark
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
Title: Many Sets of Buttons      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part 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: Investigating the Concept of Triangle and the Properties of Polygons: Making Triangles      Add Bookmark
Description: This two-part 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. e-Math Investigations are selected e-examples from the electronic version of the Principles and Standards of School Mathematics (PSSM). The e-examples are part of the electronic version of the PSSM document.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Making Virtual Triangles      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students identify and recognize triangles using multiple representations and interactive electronic geoboards to explore the characteristics of triangles.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Pan Balance -- Shapes      Add Bookmark
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: Mathematics,Science
Title: Design Your Own Space Probe      Add Bookmark
Description: Activity. Students design a space probe that will gather extreme weather information on a planet they choose.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 2,3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: How Many Buttons?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part 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: Mathematics
Title: Three Sides      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students identify and recognize triangles using multiple representations. Students use attribute-blocks and engage in several activities while exploring the characteristics of triangles.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Teaching Shapes Using Read-Alouds, Visualization, and Sketch to Stretch      Add Bookmark
Description: Visual clues in winter-themed books used in this lesson encourage students to make real-world math connections.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: K,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Making Triangles      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students use 45- and 90-degree angles to create triangles and develop an understanding of the relationship between angles and the shape of a triangle. Students use their knowledge of numbers, measurement, and geometry to design a virtual path using two different angles to help a ladybug reach its hiding place under a leaf.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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