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Subject: Mathematics (1 - 4)
Title: Look Around, What do You See? Origamis!
Description: Students will make origamis using Japanese paper folding techniques. This lesson will enhance the students ability to understand geometry concepts.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: Mathematics (2)
Title: Ye Ole Angles and More
Description: Students will explore shapes and their attributes through a variety of resources including web sites, story books and manipulatives. Students will create a presentation of a shape adventure.


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 Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Searching Solid Shapes
Description: Students will identify solid shapes and work in groups to search for solid shapes (sphere, cylinder, cube, and cone) that have been hidden on the playground. They will create a photostory about their shape to be displayed on the class's webpage.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: 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: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (1), or English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (1 - 2)
Title: Ship Shape
Description: Students will create a picture of a pirate ship using plane shapes they have traced from three dimensional shapes. The students will then create a story to go along with their picture.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 hands-on 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: 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: 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).


Subject: Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Identifying Solid Figures
Description: This is a hands-on activity in which students identify and learn the characteristics of solid figures. Figures studied are squares (cubes), rectangles (rectangular prisms), circles (cylinders, cones and spheres), ovals, and triangles (cones). Candy is used to represent the shapes in the activity.


Subject: Mathematics (2), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Math in the Outdoors: A Geometric Scavenger Hunt
Description: Math activities taught outdoors enable students to learn important math skills as they explore their natural environment. This lesson will allow students to associate math experiences directly with life situations.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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,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: Shapes at Work      Add Bookmark
Description: The purpose of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is to look for shapes in both the natural and designed world; to investigate the ways in which shapes can be used; to design and build structures using appropriate shapes. In this lesson, students record shapes that they find around them, identifying those that can be used to solve practical problems and build larger structures. Students will explore the uses of various shapes and record their findings in a science journal. It would also be helpful to display class findings on a bulletin board entitled Shapes We Have Used (or Made).
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Investigating the Concept of Triangle and Properties of Polygons: Creating Polygons      Add Bookmark
Description:
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      Add Bookmark
Description: This stand-alone 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: 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,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
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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