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Subject: Mathematics (3 - 4)
Title: There's Perimeter in the School!
Description: Students will work in groups to measure the perimeter of items around the school. They will record their data on a spreadsheet in the form of a line plot.


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 4), or Science (3 - 5)
Title: Sailing on the Wind
Description: This is a hands-on lesson that uses science and the steps of the Engineering Design Process to determine important properties in sail design materials and learn how to harness wind power. Students will learn that a problem can be solved in different ways using different materials, properties of materials change its effectiveness, conducting tests help determine versatility of materials, and that wind can be harnessed to do work. This lesson is adapted from Catching the Wind: Designing Windmills, Lesson 3: Testing Sail Designs (produced by the Museum of Boston for the Engaging Youth in Engineering program.) Visit http://www.mos.org/EiE for more information. 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)
Title: It's In The Bag
Description: This lesson is a unique and fun way to review perimeter, angles, and types of adjectives.  Students pick an object from the classroom that will fit in a paper lunch bag.  They investigate their object and fill in the attached sheet.  You can then make a bulletin board out in the hall by attaching the bag (with the object in it) below or beside the info sheet.  Students can come by and try to guess what object is in the bag by looking at the info sheet.  They can then check their guess by looking in the bag. 


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Mathematics (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Weight vs. Capacity
Description: This lesson will introduce students to measuring weight, mass, volume, and capacity using metric and cutomary units. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 4), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: A Time To Travel!
Description: Students will research how transportation has changed throughout the years. Students will construct a timeline of transportation through the years.


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 5)
Title: "Ridin' Along In My Automobile"
Description: Students will research prices of used cars to discover how automobiles lose their value over time.  Students will create a chart to record their information, use their chart to graph their data, and find measures of central tendency of their data.  Students will present their findings and discuss the results.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: $100 Picture
Description: This is a lesson where collaborative learning groups are used to explore  perimeter and area of an irregular figure using pattern blocks. This lesson should be used after students have already had some experience with finding the perimeter and area of a figure.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


Subject: Mathematics (2 - 3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Are You Full of Hot Air?
Description: This lesson will give students hands on experience collecting data, measuring circumference and recording data on a bar graph. Students will see how bar graphs can be applied to almost any activity where students are making a comparison. Students will recognize how easy it is to quickly analyze the comparison when data is placed on a bar graph.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 (3 - 4), or English Language Arts (3), or Mathematics (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Tulip Graphing
Description: Students will create an on-going graph using units of measurement correctly. This graph will represent the growth of a tulip (or other type of flower).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 English Language Arts (4), or Mathematics (3), or Science (4)
Title: Straight Line Motion
Description: This is an introductory lesson on straight line motion and the forces that affect motion. Some of the terms introduced in this lesson are force, gravity, and speed. The activities in this lesson will help students begin to understand that gravity, mass, and friction have an effect on speed and motion. 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 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 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Pictographs
Description: During this lesson, students will learn how to create a pictograph by collecting data and using pictures to represent the data. Students will have practice reading pictographs and will learn to create a pictograph using spreadsheet or software.


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), or Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: How Old Is That Tree?
Description: One of the best ways to learn about a tree is to look at its annual rings. Tree rings show patterns of change in the tree's life as well as changes in the area where it grows. In this lesson, students will trace environmental changes using a cross- section of a tree trunk.


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.


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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Information Represented Graphically      Add Bookmark
Description: In this three-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.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Makeshift Measurements: Student Reproducible      Add Bookmark
Description: This reproducible chart, from an Illuminations lesson, prompts students to measure and record the length and width of several common items that come in standard sizes, such as envelopes, paper, etc.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Describing Data      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students create glyphs based on the characteristics of their names. They also enter related data into a spreadsheet and sort it in several ways.
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,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: The Soup Spot      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students conduct a survey based on a food court theme and then create pictographs and line plots. They also determine the number of possible combinations given two variables.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Count on Math      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of two lessons, from Illuminations, students develop number sense through activities involving collection, representation, and analysis of data. In addition, students practice reading and writing large numbers and use estimation to arrive at appropriate answers.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Pitching Cards      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on the uses of numbers. The activities use the theme of games to develop concepts of measurement and statistics. Students are asked to measure distances using standard and nonstandard units and to record their measurement in various tables. They are then asked to use descriptive statistics to report the results.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: My Own Measurements      Add Bookmark
Description: This reproducible activity, from an Illuminations lesson, prompts students to estimate several of their own body measurements and then compare them to the actual measurements.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Makeshift Measurements      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students explore the concept of standard size. They verify measurements for some objects that come in standard sizes, use these objects to determine the size or spacing of other objects and suggest additional objects that can be included in the class list of makeshift measures.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Planning a Class Field Trip      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, focuses students attention on the variables used in planning trips. It captures students interest, provides a review of the primary unit objectives, and assesses students prior knowledge. This experience enables students to consider the variables that must be accounted for in planning a class field trip.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Health,Mathematics
Title: Eat Your Veggies      Add Bookmark
Description: In this eight-unit lesson from Illuminations, students collect and display data in a variety of ways, beginning with tallies and pictographs. Later lessons focus on representing data using bar graphs, line plots, circle graphs, box-and-whisker plots, and glyphs. Students also compare graphs from two sets of data and find the range, median, mean, and mode of each set.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Geography,Mathematics,Science
Title: Track Leatherback Sea Turtles      Add Bookmark
Description: Activity. Students plot the migration routes of actual leatherback sea turtles, which satellites are tracking as the turtles cross the Atlantic Ocean.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Picture This      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Illuminations, students compose number sentences based on mathematics stories and then conduct a survey to determine how various people interpret pictures mathematically. They analyze and summarize the data they collect, and draw conclusions from their findings.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Water, Water      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Illuminations, students compare the amount of water they use in daily life with the amount allotted for each person each day on a Space Shuttle. They estimate and measure the heaviness of, and amount of space occupied by, a gallon of water. They collect, organize, graph, analyze, and interpret data from their investigations.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Playing Games      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of five lessons, from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on the uses of numbers. The activities use the theme of games to develop concepts of measurement and statistics. Students are asked to measure distances using standard and nonstandard units and to record their measurement in various tables. Then they are asked to use descriptive statistics to report the results. These lessons include 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



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Every Breath You Take      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, focuses on problem solving, reasoning, and communication skills. This lesson enables students to see connections among various mathematical concepts and principles in the real world.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: A Tale of Two Stories      Add Bookmark
Description: This unit of two lessons, from Illuminations, focuses on on developing the process of classification, especially an awareness of similarities and differences. The activities use The Three Little Pigs and Cinderella to motivate students to think and reason mathematically.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: Making Beds      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 How Big Is a Foot? by Rolf Myller and then explore the need for a standard unit of measure.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Representing Data      Add Bookmark
Description: This unit of four lessons, from Illuminations, focuses on the application of mathematics to real-world situations. Students must deal with data to complete an organized chart for the purpose of transferring information to a graph or for generalizing a rule. The unit includes an individual activity for four different levels, 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Patterns on Charts      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students find, record, and analyze patterns on hundred and multiplication charts. They also use an interactive online shape tool and an online calculator to generate patterns and then record them on a chart.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: What Is the Best Chip?       Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Illuminations, students use data analysis to seek answers to the types of questions often posed by consumer agencies and people who work in sales and marketing. Students gather, organize, and analyze data to determine the best snack chip.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Health,Mathematics
Title: Healthy Eating      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students collect data about the food knowledge of class members. They create bar graphs, pose and answer questions about the data by looking at the graphs, and find the range and mode.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Telling Racing Stories      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students model races in which runners start from various positions. They enter numbers in a table of values, model races on a coordinate grid, and compare the results. Students begin to develop an understanding of linear relationships.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Collecting, Representing, and Interpreting Data Using Spreadsheets and Graphing Software: Representing and Interpreting Data      Add Bookmark
Description: This is part two of a two-part e-example from Illuminations that illustrates how weather data can be collected and examined using these spreadsheets and graphing software. In this second part, Representing and Interpreting Data, students use the graphing functions of a spreadsheet to help them interpret data. e-Math Investigations are selected e-examples from the electronic version of the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (PSSM). 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: 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: What Counties Are Your Favorite?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students use their knowledge to gather data on ten of their favorite counties (places they might like to live, visit, etc.) within a specific state. Students hone their place value skills by representing numbers in various ways, including standard, written, and expanded form.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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: Pizza at Home      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students focus on gathering and interpreting data about pizza. Students examine statistics about pizza and children s favorite foods and then complete an at-home activity sheet with their parents.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Health,Mathematics
Title: Can You Picture It?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students collect data about favorite vegetables, record the data in a pictograph, and then interpret this representation. They also create and use legends for the pictograph.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics,Social Studies
Title: State Population Projections      Add Bookmark
Description: In Illuminations lesson plan, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations about population projection, students examine the United States Census Bureau Web site to investigate projections of the total population of states from 1995 to 2025. Using the provided data, students analyze statistics from five states of their choice, develop specific research questions using the data, and create three graphs to compare and contrast the information.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Last Names Next      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students collect data based on the number of letters in their first and last names. They then create bar graphs and circle graphs and find the range and mode of the two data sets.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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