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Subject: Arts Education (5), or Mathematics (3 - 5)
Title: "Polly"gon Pockets
Description: In this lesson, students will explore the attributes of various polygons. Students will need to be in 12 cooperative groups (one for each shape being explored). They will complete a jigsaw puzzle to discover their shape and then list the attributes they notice about it. They will create a foldable that shows each polygon, describes its attributes, and lists items in our world that use that shape. Then, the students will create a collage using either magazines and 9x12 construction paper or the Internet and Microsoft Word to create a collage of items in our world that use polygon shapes. 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 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Abundant Area
Description: This is an inquiry and technology-based lesson that allows students to discover the relationship between perimeter and area. Students apply problem-solving strategies to solve the real-life problem posed in this lesson. This lesson may easily be divided into sections and completed over several days if needed.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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: Interactive Geometry Dictionary: Areas in Geometry      Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, demonstrates how to find the area of three common shapes. Interactive investigations demonstrate finding the area of a rectangle, parallelogram, and triangle.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics - Applied Mathematics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Geography of Pizza      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students analyze Earth's surface according to the spatial elements of points, lines, and areas, and use a simple map to identify features in terms of spatial elements. This lesson uses a pizza restaurant to introduce these components to students, e.g., the location of a restaurant (point), roads and sidewalks (lines), and the city blocks or the region served by a restaurant (area).
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
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: 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: 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: 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.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



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