ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics (2), or Science (2) Title: Whoa! Where'd It Go? (States of Matter Data Collection)
Description: This lesson allows students to use the properties and characteristics of solids, liquids, and gases to determine how different variables affect states of matter. Students predict what will happen and spend short amounts of time daily to observe and record data. Students will graph their data into charts to see patterns and solve math problems.
This lesson was created as a part of the 2016 NASA STEM Standards of Practice Project, a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.
Subject: Mathematics (K  3), or Science (1  2), or Technology Education (K  5) Title: Watercraft Challenge
Description: This projectbased lesson provides students with opportunities to complete the engineering design process and explore concepts of sinking/floating, buoyancy, water displacement, and density. Students will participate in interdisciplinary, handson experiments as they plan, build, test, evaluate, and redesign watercrafts.
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: Mathematics (K  2), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K  2) Title: Away We Go!
Description: Students will survey various classes about the type of transportation that delivers them to school. Students will then combine data and with the help of a teacher create a virtual graph.
This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU Project.
Subject: Mathematics (2  3) Title: You Scream, I Scream, We all Scream for Ice cream !
Description:
Fun and yummy lesson to do on a sunny spring afternoon. Have the students take a poll of their favorite choice of ice cream and create a bar graph showing the information.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU Project.
Subject: Mathematics (K  2), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K  2) Title: Wheels All Around
Description: Students will use skip counting to see how many wheels visit the school during specified times in one day.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU Project.
Subject: Mathematics (1  2) Title: Let's Get Going!
Description: By doing this lesson the students will have the opportunity to explore transportation firsts. By exporing this information, the students will make a timeline charting the year when the forms of transportation were invented.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU 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, GEMSU Project.
Subject: Arts Education (K), or English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (2), or Science (K) Title: The Very Hungry Class
Description: Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" is a great trade book to teach many concepts across the curriculum. This lesson has activities to excite your students in all subject areas. Students will be familiar with the metamorphsis process and will enrich skills in other curriculium areas.
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: 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: 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  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: Character Education (K  12), or English Language Arts (1  2), or Mathematics (1  2) Title: What Can We Learn From Pigs?
Description: This thematic language arts lesson uses a variety of beginning reading books about pigs to help special education/early elementary students learn about character traits and concepts. The wide use of graphic organizers introduces beginning readers to early reading strategies.
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 Science (1), or Technology Education (K  2) Title: The Grouchy Ladybug
Description: The students will thoughtfully listen to a story read aloud and comprehend the sequence of events. This lesson will culminate units completed in science and math and will incorporate literature, science, and math.
Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (K  2), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K  2) Title: "Nuts" About Peanuts!! (Writing)
Description: This lesson will be implemented as part of a unit about plants. The students will describe the characteristics of a peanut and peanut butter (using their five senses) and record their observations/descriptions on a graphic organizer. Student understanding will be enhanced with the use of books, class discussions, and the Internet.
Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (K  2), or Science (1), 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: English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (K  2), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K  2) Title: Yummy Apples!
Description: Students will identify, explore and graph characteristics of several different types of apples.
Subject: Mathematics (K  3), or Science (3) 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.
Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (K  2), or Science (1  2), or Technology Education (K  2) Title: Very Busy Spiders
Description: The students will work from a computer and a specified Webquest to complete a unit on spiders. The lessons will incorporate literature, writing, science, art, and graphing.
Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
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,Science Title: Classroom Paper
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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 information about their classroom paper use over a period of several days and then interpret graphical information and use the data as a basis for future planning. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5
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: 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: Language Arts Title: Celebrate the 100th day of school!
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Description: As a class, students work in small groups to create a '' 100th Day'' book. Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
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: Bar Graph Investigations
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students apply what they know about comparison subtraction by constructing bar graphs and using them to answer questions. They conduct a survey to gather data and then complete a bar graph. They also use the data to generate a bar graph using a computer. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
Subject: Mathematics Title: Circle Grapher
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Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to create a customized circle graph as well as display preset circle graphs. They can choose from one of 3 predetermined data sets, or input their own data into the applet. In addition to the circle graph, a table of the data is also included. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Subject: Mathematics,Science Title: Mathematics and Environmental Concerns: Unit Overview
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Description: In this fivelesson unit, from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they investigate data in connection with recyclable materials and develop plans to help the environment. The activities in these lessons focus on connections between mathematics and environmental concerns. They are designed to make students aware of various materials that people ordinarily use and discard, to increase their knowledge of the numbers of material that people use and to devise plans to use materials more conservatively. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Representing Data
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Description: This unit of four lessons, from Illuminations, focuses on the application of mathematics to realworld situations. Students must deal with data to complete an organized chart for the purpose of transferring information to a graph or for generalizing a rule. The unit includes an individual activity for four different levels, 12, 34, 56, and 78. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
Subject: Mathematics Title: Skin Weight
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students work with data to complete an organized chart for the purpose of transferring information to a graph or for the purpose of generalizing a rule. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Comparing Columns on a Bar Graph
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students apply what they know about comparison subtraction by constructing bar graphs and using the graphs to answer questions. They then play a subtraction game. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
Subject: Mathematics Title: Up on Top
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students generate bar graphs. Posing and answering questions using the graphs gives students an opportunity to apply their reasoning and communication skills. They also consider whether a given category is likely, certain, or impossible. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
Subject: Mathematics Title: The Clucking Chicken
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students choose meals from a menu and then construct a box plot. They use the plot to identify the mean, mode, median, and range of the data set. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics Title: The Eyes Have It
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students collect data about the eye color of class members. They create bar graphs with several classifications of data. They pose and answer questions about the data by looking at the graph and then find the range and mode. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2

