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Subject: Mathematics (3), or Social Studies (3)
Title: Barter that Jell-o
Description: This lesson allows students to experience the roles of producers and consumers by producing small cups of Jell-o and consuming what they have made. It also gives students hands-on experience with the concept of bartering with their peers.


Subject: Mathematics (2 - 4)
Title: Easy Equivalent Measures
Description: Easy Equivalent Measures is an exciting, engaging lesson that will make this unpopular, hard skill EASY for your students. We will use Input/Output charts to demonstrate our knowledge of equivalent measures. This lesson will support the needs of all your diverse learners. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Mathematics (3 - 5), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Inner and Outer Planets
Description: As part of the space unit, students will learn about the physical and chemical components of the planets. The students will compare the planets in list form. It will also incorporate math by using measurement and numerical order.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: English Language Arts (4), or Mathematics (3 - 4), or Science (4)
Title: Friction Faction
Description: The students will use different surfaces to test which will cause less friction on a ball. This will let the students determine how friction affects the distance an object in motion will go. This lesson will include cooperative grouping for the activity and whole group discussion of the results.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), or Science (4)
Title: Meteor or Meteorite
Description: Students will learn the difference between a meteor and a meteorite. Students will perform an experiment to discover how the size and weight of an object determines the size of the impact crater.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Mathematics (3)
Title: Teaching Measurement through Literature and Manipulatives
Description: The tradebook, Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen, is an excellent tool in teaching measurement. Students will engage in activities involving different types of measurement. In the story, five animal friends decide to take a boat ride. As each animal climbs into the boat it sinks lower and lower in the water. The phrase, "Do you know who sank the boat?" encourages children to make predictions.


Subject: Mathematics (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Out Of This World
Description: During this lesson, students will begin to realize that the solar system is a vast unexplored frontier. Students will have the opportunity to explore the different aspects of our solar system.


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: How Do You Measure Up?
Description: During this hands-on lesson, students use reasoning skills in making predictions and then applying skills to obtain accurate measurements. They navigate websites to practice their measuring skills. Students also get a brief overview of the history of measurement.


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Students Standing Tall
Description: During this lesson, students use data they collect from a class activity to find the mean, mode, median, and range. Students utilize the Internet as a source of information by viewing websites to learn how to find the mean, median, mode, and range of data.


Subject: Mathematics (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Mysterious Matter
Description: During this lesson, students will have the opportunity to create a mysterious substance. They will use experiments to try to determine the state of matter of various substances. This lesson is a fun, hands-on way to get students excited about matter.


Subject: Mathematics (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Make a Leaf Graph
Description: This lesson should be taught during a unit on plants or trees. During this lesson students will collect leaves and use rulers to measure each leaf. The students will have the opportunity to create a hand-made bar graph as well as a computer-generated bar graph. They will also compare a bar graph to a pie graph to determine which graph is easier to read.


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 5), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Water Cycle
Description: During this lesson, students will learn that water is constantly being recycled through the atmosphere and how this affects us. Students will explore the water cycle on the Internet. Students create different types of weather situations to see how the water cycle works. Mathematics skills will be used to determine results from the observations.


Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Mathematics (3 - 4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Explosive Fun with Volcanoes
Description: In this lesson the students will work in groups to make their own volcanoes and learn the different aspects of a volcano.


Subject: Mathematics (K - 3), or Science (3)
Title: What do Plants Need?
Description: In this lesson, students will understand that in order to grow healthy plants, soil, water, light, and air must be provided. Students will use math skills such as measurement and science process skills such as observation, comparing, and recording data.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Mathematics (3)
Title: Inch by Inch
Description: In this lesson students will do a variety of learning activities while they meet many math, science, and language arts objectives. Students will measure items, analyze and record data, listen to instructions, and follow directions. They will also follow a recipe to make a creative dessert.


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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Maintaining the Balance      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson for grades 3 and 4, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on patterns and relations that can be developed from the exploration of balance, mass, length of the mass arm, and the position of the fulcrum.
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Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: Getting the Facts      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on connections between mathematics and children's literature. They listen to the story Counting on Frank, by Rod Clement, and then solve problems involving estimation of volume.
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Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Exploration of a Balance      Add Bookmark
Description: In this four-lesson unit from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on patterns and relations that can be developed from the exploration of balance, mass, length of the mass arm, and the position of the fulcrum. This unit includes an individual activity for four different levels from grade 1 to grade 8.
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Grade Span: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Cubes      Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, helps students explore the volume of a box based on the amount of unit cubes that can fit inside of it. They are prompted to come up with a rule for determining the volume of a box when its width, depth, and height are known.
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Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: Drop by Drop      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students recognize and use the attributes of volume. They engage in activities that promote understanding of how to measure volume using standard units. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: Mathematics and Children's Literature      Add Bookmark
Description: In this five-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on connections between mathematics and children s literature. Five pieces of literature are applied to teaching a wide range of topics in the mathematics curriculum, from sorting and classifying to the meaning of averages.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Clothing Sizes      Add Bookmark
Description: This reproducible worksheet, from an Illuminations lesson, prompts students to analyze measurements of their body, specifically as they relate to clothing sizes.
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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.
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Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: Magnificent Measurement      Add Bookmark
Description: In this seven-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students build skills required for understanding the attributes of measurement as well as the units, systems, and processes of measurement. Students use objects, pictures, symbols and books. They engage in measurement activities involving length, volume, weight, area and time. They practice measuring using standard and nonstandard units.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



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.
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Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Ideas With Food      Add Bookmark
Description: In this three-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students focus on organization, preparation, and presentation of some simple foods as a way to apply various mathematical concepts, with problem-solving techniques being central to almost all the activities. Students utilize measuring techniques and food preparation experiences to practice various math concepts.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



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