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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 (5), or Mathematics (3 - 5)
Title: What’s in a Box?
Description:   The class has been contracted to work for a box factory. They are to make cube shaped jewelry boxes. Students determine how many different nets are possible and then analyze the resulting cubes. This real-world situation helps to develop students' spatial visualization skills and geometric understanding. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.  


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 5)
Title: The Class Quilt
Description: Students will design a 12 inch quilt square consisting of geometrical shapes.They must use their knowledge of fractions and polygons in order to create an exact 12" by 12" square.Students will use knowledge of area of a figure in order to create a quilt using their squares.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


Subject: Arts Education (3), or Character Education (K - 12), or Mathematics (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Polygon Perimeters
Description: This hands-on sidewalk chalk activity gives students practice finding the perimeter of polygons, while teaching them how to describe geometric figures using mathematical terms. It’s a fun way to bring out their creativity and strengthen visual thinking!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 - 7), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Dog Gone Again!
Description: In this lesson, the students' dogs have escaped once again from the backyard because there is not a fence to contain the dog when it goes out to use the bathroom. The student is to design a rectangular fence that will keep the dog from escaping the yard again. Students will find the perimeter and area of their fence. The students' products will be a Microsoft Word drawing.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), or Mathematics (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Perimeter of Polygons
Description: The purpose of this lesson is to learn how to find the length, or perimeter of a polygon in real world tasks.


Subject: 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: Arts,Mathematics
Title: Finding Perimeter and Area      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students develop strategies for finding the perimeter and area for rectangles and triangles using geoboards and graph paper. They learn to appreciate how measurement is a critical component to planning and designing a clubhouse.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Another Look at Fractions of a Set      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students identify fractions in real-world contexts from a set of items that are not identical. Students develop skills in problem-solving and reasoning as they think about their set and how to create new sets given specific fractional characteristics.
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: Arts,Mathematics
Title: Junior Architects      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of four lessons, from Illuminations, students learn basic architectural concepts such as using basic linear measurement, understanding and creating scale representations and exploring perimeter and area measurement as they design their own clubhouses. In addition, they identify, compare and analyze attributes of two- and three-dimensional shapes and develop geometry vocabulary.
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: 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: 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: Perimeter and Area of My Clubhouse      Add Bookmark
Description: This reproducible activity sheet, from an Illuminations lesson, prompts students to determine the area and perimeter of several shapes that represent clubhouse floor plans. They are then asked to create several original floor plan designs, using a geoboard, and calculate the area and perimeter of the one they like best.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Arts,Mathematics
Title: Creating a Two-Dimensional Blueprint      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students draw two-dimensional blueprints, on graph paper, of clubhouses they have designed. They consider why architects use scale drawings and reflect on the challenging aspects of creating their blueprints.
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



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