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Subject: Mathematics (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Properties of Multiplication
Description: This lesson will introduce students to three of the four properties of multiplication. It will provide practice for students to identify and distinguish between the properties, and solve multiplication problems using each property. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.


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 (3)
Title: Investigating and Discovering Input & Output Patterns!
Description: This lesson will investigate the patterns involved with Input & Output charts. The students will explore this concept through engaging, inquiry based activities. You will be able to meet the diverse needs of all your learners. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.


Subject: 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.


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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: Times Table      Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive, from an Illuminations lesson, allows students to practice multiplying numbers.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5



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: 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: 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: Balance Beam Discoveries      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, encourages students to explore two models of multiplication: the balance beam and the inverse of multiplication. This exploration leads naturally into representing multiplication facts in equation form. In addition to extending their understanding of the concept of multiplication, students begin to practice the multiplication facts by playing an interactive online game.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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



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