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Subject: Mathematics (3)
Title: Burst into Jolly Multiplication & Division Factors!
Description: The following lesson will serve as a hands-on math activity reviewing the 2’s and 3’s multiplication and division factors. Students will examine the relationship between multiplication and division using Starburst and Jolly Rancher candy counters. In addition, the students will work in cooperative learning groups to solve multiplication and division problems using the candy counters.  Cooperative learning groups may be created to assist at-risk students if needed (pair low achievers with high achievers).


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.


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Multiplying With Nine As A Factor
Description: Students will participate in activities to help them learn to multiply with nine as a factor. Students will learn several strategies to memorize the multiples of nine through a multimedia presentation and practicing in groups. Finally, students will participate in activities on the computer and the Internet for practice as well as assessment.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Mathematics (3)
Title: A Math and Language Arts lesson: Introduction to Division
Description: The lesson will help students develop an initial understanding of division and clarify how the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division relate to and are separate from each other. The lesson begins with a brainstorming discussion which builds background and fosters comprehension. A big book, The Doorbell Rang, by Pat Hutchins, is used along with manipulatives to provide instruction at concrete and pictorial levels. Students will demonstrate what they have learned by writing a short story incorporating simple division.


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 4)
Title: Budgeting for the Oregon Trail
Description: As a part of the online collaborative unit, Westward Ho!, students will work in cooperative groups of 4-5 students to decide what items they need to take on the Oregon Trail, determine the cost of the items, and complete a ledger to inventory (keep up with) items used on the trail. Information will then be used as part of a multimedia slideshow journal describing the journey.


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Subject: Mathematics,Science
Title: Classroom Paper      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part 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: Factorize      Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to visually explore the concept of factors by creating rectangular arrays with an area equal to the product of the factors. They can choose whether or not to use the commutative property when identifying factors.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Times Six, Times Seven      Add Bookmark
Description: In this six-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students who have previously studied the meanings of multiplication use its properties to help them memorize the products to 70, where 6 or 7 is a factor. Retention is fostered through class discussions, preparation of a personal multiplication chart, and game playing. The unit is most appropriate for students who understand the process of multiplication and have mastered the multiplication facts through the 5 table.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: The First Race      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students model multiplication facts on the number line and compare various representations. They also find the product of two factors.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: It's in the Cards      Add Bookmark
Description: In this seven-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students use the properties of multiplication to help them master the multiplication facts. Students explore patterns in multiplication, the order property, the multiplicative identity, and the zero property in multiplication, and work towards mastery of the multiplication facts.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Multiplication Stories      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students practice memorization of multiplication facts where one factor is 6 or 7. They create multiplication stories, play a multiplication game, and then record their current level of mastery of the multiplication facts.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Making Your Own Product Game      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students review strategies for playing the Product Game. In this game, players start with a set of given factors and multiply to find the product. Students then work in groups to create their own game boards.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Product Game      Add Bookmark
Description: This interactive game, from Illuminations, exercises students skills with factors and multiples. Players take turns moving a marker along a number line to create products, which are then colored in on the game board. The object of the game is to get four squares in a row.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Calculation Nation      Add Bookmark
Description: Become a citizen of Calculation Nation! Play online math strategy games to learn about fractions, factors, multiples, symmetry and more, as well as practice important skills like basic multiplication and calculating area! Calculation Nation uses the power of the Web to let students challenge themselves and opponents from anywhere in the world. The element of competition adds an extra layer of excitement.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Concentration      Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive from Illuminations allows students to play the classic game of Concentration by themselves or against a friend. The interactive can be used to review numbers, shapes, multiplication facts, fractions, decimals, and percents.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Number and Operations Web Links      Add Bookmark
Description: This collection of Web links, reviewed and presented by Illuminations, offers teachers and students information about and practice in concepts related to arithmetic. Users can read the Illuminations Editorial Board's review of each Web site, or choose to link directly to the sites.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Communicating about Mathematics Using Games: Playing Fraction Tracks      Add Bookmark
Description: Mathematical games can foster mathematical communication as students explain and justify their moves to one another. In addition, games can motivate students and engage them in thinking about and applying concepts and skills. This e-example from Illuminations contains an interactive version of a game that can be used in the grades 3-5 classroom to support students' learning about fractions. 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. Given their interactive nature and focused discussion tied to the PSSM document, the e-examples are natural companions to the i-Math investigations.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: The Product Game      Add Bookmark
Description: In this four-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students play a game in which they start with factors and multiply to find the product. They play the game, make their own game boards, use Venn diagrams to represent the relationships between the factors or products of two numbers and develop strategies for winning the game.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: Exploring Equal Sets      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, encourages students to explore the set model as a method for multiplication. Reading the children s book What Comes in 2 s, 3 s, and 4 s sets the stage for this lesson in which students find products using equal sets and present results in the form of a table. The students apply their knowledge about multiplication in the creation of pictographs.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Number Cruncher      Add Bookmark
Description: This tool, created by Science NetLinks, challenges students to consider mathematical equations to get from one number to another in a math maze. Students use a series of addition, subtraction, and multiplication equations to reach their goal. From here you can access a review of this resource for grades 3-8. You can access reviews for additional grades and benchmarks using the navigation links at the top of the review.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



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