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Subject: Mathematics (3)
Title: A Slice of the Pie
Description: Students will gain knowledge on how to recognize and generate simple equivalent fractions. They will learn the criss cross method of checking to see if their process of elimination is accurate in naming an equivalent fraction. Students will then model equivalent fractions. 


Subject: Mathematics (1 - 3), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Fraction Find!
Description: Students will explore fractions through an interactive website.  They will apply this knowledge while finding shapes with equivalent fractions. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 4)
Title: Fractions on a Number Line
Description: As students master the concept of the number line, they may be curious about where fractions would fit on a standard number line. Students will work cooperatively to explore the possibilities where fractions lie on number lines. Students will also work independently to extend and enrich their new knowledge of fractions on number lines. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 5)
Title: Tangram Fractions
Description: The teacher will engage the class by reading Grandfather Tang. Students will solve a tangram puzzle. Students will find the fractional value for each piece of the tangram. Students will create a picture using the pieces of the tangram. Students will find the fractional value of their partner's tangram 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 (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Numerator/Denominator Introduction
Description: This is an introductory lesson on numerators and denominators. Students will have the opportunity to practice dividing using hands-on activities.


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Equivalent Fractions
Description: This lesson helps students discover how to obtain equal fractions by using both fraction strips and playing a fraction matching game. Students will learn that to obtain equal fractions they will need to multiply the numerator and denominator by the same number.


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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Exploring the Value of the Whole      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students consider the size or value of the same fraction when different wholes are compared. This lesson promotes problem-solving and reasoning as the students compare similar fractions with different wholes. Students develop communication skills as they work in pairs and share their understanding about the relationship between the value of a fraction and the whole.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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: Eggsactly Equivalent      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students use twelve eggs to identify equivalent fractions. Construction paper cutouts are used as a physical model to represent various fractions of the set of eggs. Students investigate relationships among fractions that are equivalent.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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: Fun with Fractions      Add Bookmark
Description: In this seven-lesson unit from Illuminations, students explore relationships among fractions through work with the set model. This early work with fraction relationships helps students make sense of basic fraction concepts and facilitates work with comparing and ordering fractions and working with equivalency.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Expanding Our Pattern Block Fraction Repertoire      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students expand the number of fractions they can represent with pattern blocks by increasing the whole. Instead of representing the whole with one yellow hexagon, the students explore fractional relationships when two, three, and four yellow hexagons constitute the whole.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Investigating Equivalent Fractions with Relationship Rods      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students investigate the length model by working with relationship rods to find equivalent fractions. Students develop skills in reasoning and problem solving as they explain how two fractions are equivalent (the same length). Relationship rods are wooden or plastic rods in ten different colors, ranging in length from one to ten centimeters.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: More Fun with Fraction Strips      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students work with fraction strips to compare and order fractions. Building on work done with fraction relationships in a previous lesson, students develop skills in problem solving and reasoning as they make connections between various fractions.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Making and Investigating Fraction Strips      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students make and use a set of fraction strips to represent the length model, discover fraction relationships, and work with equivalent fractions. They then create a virtual set of fraction strips using an online interactive activity.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Inch by Inch      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students use an actual ruler to represent various fractions as lengths. This lesson builds on work done in a previous lesson with nonstandard measurement as students use a standard instrument to measure a variety of items. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: The Variable Machine      Add Bookmark
Description: This Illuminations lesson provides an introduction to the use of variables. Students explore the idea of variable as a symbol that can stand for any member of a set of numbers, and they substitute numbers for variables (letters) to discover unknown values.
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: Fraction Models       Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, explores several representations for fractions using adjustable numerators and denominators. Students can see decimal and percent equivalents, as well as a model that represents each fraction.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Fraction Game       Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, simulates a flash card fraction game. Students flip cards one at a time and try to match the values to the given number lines.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Equivalent Fractions      Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to create equivalent fractions by dividing and shading squares or circles. The fractions are simultaneously displayed on a number line so students can see the relationship between the fractions.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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