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Subject: Mathematics (3 - 5)
Title: What's the Question Again?
Description: This lesson focuses on problem solving strategies with word problems that are 2 or more steps. Students are forced through the strategies to focus on the content of a problem before attempting to answer the "question" which tells what they are to solve. Visualization and communication are reinforced throughout the lesson. The strategies are generic. Included are problems for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade computation. However, these same strategies can be used for all grade levels. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: Mathematics (3)
Title: Roll 'N Round to Win
Description: This lesson is a hands-on, game-based lesson. It should be part of a larger unit of study on number sense, estimation, and/or place value. The lesson involves students in a game-based activity which gives them a concrete understanding of the relationship between number values, place value, and the accepted mathematical rule for rounding numbers. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Too Much Paper; Too Few Trees?
Description: A common phrase that both teachers and students often hear when using paper is "there goes another tree." In this lesson, students will use various math skills to determine the number of trees we actually use as paper in a school year. Students will also create a clinometer to measure trees, use the Internet to research the paper-making process, and make paper.


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: It’s My Party!
Description: Students will learn the value of money by planning their own birthday party. By using the Internet and a calculator, students will be given the opportunity for a practical real-life opportunity to solve a problem related to money exchange.


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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Measurement Task Cards      Add Bookmark
Description: This reproducible activity sheet, from an Illuminations lesson, features several measurement-related scenarios to be printed out and cut into task cards, which can then be used to teach measurement concepts or as part of a game.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Mathematics and Football: Unit Overview      Add Bookmark
Description: In this five-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they analyze information represented graphically. Students are asked to discuss, describe, read, and write about the graphs and the information they contain. These activities focus on connections between mathematics and football by using the Super Bowl. Students are asked to look at the Super Bowl not just as the big game but as an opportunity to apply mathematics to some interesting problems. This unit includes an individual activity for four different levels plus one for parents to complete with their child at home.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



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: Growing Patterns      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students use numbers to make growing patterns. They create, analyze, and describe growing patterns and then record them. They also analyze a special growing pattern called Pascal's triangle.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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