ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics (4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3  5) Title: Multiply What You Hear!
Description: Students will record the sound that ten different objects make when they are dropped. The students will then use those sounds to create multiplication problems for other students to answer.
Subject: Mathematics (4  5) Title: Sky High
Description: Students will work together, implementing problemsolving strategies to complete a building challenge. The group will be given a budget and materials to construct a structurally sound skyscraper. The students will purchase materials, build, and measure their structure.
Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics,Science Title: Classroom Paper
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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: Factorize
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Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to visually explore the concept of factors by creating rectangular arrays with an area equal to the product of the factors. They can choose whether or not to use the commutative property when identifying factors. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Hopping on the Number Line
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students generate products using the number line model. The order property is also introduced. In the lesson, students are encouraged to predict the products and to answer puzzles involving multiplication. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics Title: It's in the Cards
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Description: In this sevenlesson unit, from Illuminations, students use the properties of multiplication to help them master the multiplication facts. Students explore patterns in multiplication, the order property, the multiplicative identity, and the zero property in multiplication, and work towards mastery of the multiplication facts. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics Title: Making Your Own Product Game
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students review strategies for playing the Product Game. In this game, players start with a set of given factors and multiply to find the product. Students then work in groups to create their own game boards. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Product Game
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Description: This interactive game, from Illuminations, exercises students skills with factors and multiples. Players take turns moving a marker along a number line to create products, which are then colored in on the game board. The object of the game is to get four squares in a row. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Number and Operations Web Links
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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
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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 eexample from Illuminations contains an interactive version of a game that can be used in the grades 35 classroom to support students' learning about fractions. eMath Investigations are selected eexamples from the electronic version of the Principles and Standards of School Mathematics (PSSM). The eexamples are part of the electronic version of the PSSM document. Given their interactive nature and focused discussion tied to the PSSM document, the eexamples are natural companions to the iMath investigations. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5

