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Subject: Mathematics (4)
Title: Mary, Mary, Don't Grow Weary, How does Your Garden Grow?
Description: Students will use knowledge and skill in learning opportunities and investigations to develop a basic understanding of the process of creating patterns, recognizing pattern sequences, and will connect growing patterns to the five representations.


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 4)
Title: Patterns, Patterns, Everywhere
Description: An interactive lesson on teaching about patterns and finding patterns in the environment. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 4)
Title: Pattern and Practice
Description: Students use knowledge and skills in new learning experiences to develop a basic understanding of the process for creating patterns, recognizing pattern sequences, representing patterns in different ways, and connecting numbers with patterns. 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: Arts Education (1), or Character Education (K - 12), or Mathematics (4)
Title: Musical Patterns
Description: Students will become familiar with the concept of patterning by using musical instruments to repeat and create patterns of sounds.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Shapes on the Way Home      Add Bookmark
Description: This reproducible chart, from an Illuminations lesson, prompts students to search for and list shapes they find as they walk home from school. They record each shape's name, where it was found and whether it is a plane or solid figure.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Arts - Glass , Arts - Sculpture , Arts - Woodworking , Science - Earth science , Science - Geology , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: How Do You Unlock a Secret Code?      Add Bookmark
Description: Cryptologists study secret codes. Being able to read encoded German and Japanese communications enabled the Allies to achieve victory in World War II., Join us as we explore how the code was cracked. By the end of this wonder, you may be making and breaking secret codes, too!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Creating, Describing, and Analyzing Patterns to Recognize Relationships and Make Predictions: Extending Pattern Understandings      Add Bookmark
Description: This is part three of a three-part e-example from Illuminations that highlights different aspects of students' understanding and use of patterns. This part, Extending Pattern Understandings, demonstrates ways in which students begin to create a '' unit of units,'' or a grouping that can be repeated, and begin to relate two patterns in a functional relationship. 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: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Hopping on the Number Line      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part 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: Repeating and Growing Patterns      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students create and explore more complex patterns such as growing patterns, which have related but different relationships to repeating patterns. Students form generalizations, analyze, and describe growing patterns using connecting-cubes and then explore what happens when growing patterns double or split.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Geometric Solids and Their Properties      Add Bookmark
Description: In this five-lesson unit from Illuminations, students analyze characteristics and properties of three-dimensional geometric shapes; develop mathematical arguments about geometric relationships; and use visualization, spatial reasoning, and geometric modeling to solve problems. After being introduced to shapes, they look for patterns, construct a solid, and build a shape jacket.
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: Learning Geometry and Measurement Concepts by Creating Paths and Navigating Mazes: Hiding Ladybug      Add Bookmark
Description: This stand-alone applet is part of the Illuminations lesson titled '' Helping Ladybug Hide with Arrows and Angles.'' In the lesson, students use this applet to hide a ladybug under a leaf.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Looking for Patterns      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, focuses on the properties of multiplication. Students skip count, examine multiplication patterns, and explore commutativity.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Understanding Distance, Speed, and Time Relationships      Add Bookmark
Description: In this two-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students use a software simulation of two runners along a track. Students can control the speeds and starting points of the runners, watch the race and examine a graph of the time-versus-distance relationship. They examine graphs of related data and investigate scenarios involving constant rates of change.
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,Physical Education
Title: Playing with Patterns      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students use objects and symbols to make repeating linear patterns. They also extend patterns and translate patterns from one modality (auditory, visual, and kinesthetic) to another.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics, Arts
Title: The Fibonacci Series      Add Bookmark
Description: The purpose of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is to appreciate and investigate a numerical pattern and to look for evidence of mathematical patterns in nature. In this lesson, students explore the Fibonacci series. They identify the pattern among the Fibonacci numbers, look for applications of these numbers, and explore the ways that this pattern can be related to objects and shapes in both the natural and designed world.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Patterns That Grow      Add Bookmark
Description: In this five-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students use logical thinking to create, identify, extend, and translate patterns. They make patterns with numbers and shapes and explore patterns in a variety of mathematical contexts. These lessons give students an opportunity to create and analyze numeric and geometric patterns. Particular emphasis is placed on growing patterns.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Patterns That Grow: Looking Back and Moving Forward      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students use logical thinking to create, identify, extend, and translate patterns. They make patterns with numbers and shapes and then explore patterns in a variety of mathematical contexts. The lesson includes a link to an interactive online shape tool.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Many Ways to Create Patterns      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, accommodates multiple learning styles as students create patterns using different forms. For example, students use body movement or kinesthetic experiences to create and copy patterns. Students use knowledge and skills in new situations to develop a solid understanding of the process for creating patterns, recognizing pattern sequences, and representing patterns in different ways.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Exploring Other Number Patterns      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students analyze numeric patterns, including Fibonacci numbers. They also describe numeric patterns and then record them in table form.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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 Comes Nex_?: A Lesson in Patterns and Sorting      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from Illuminations, deals with patterns and the importance of looking at data from more than a single perspective. Students work to extend patterns and classify items as they investigate a series of items that appear to be ordered in some obvious ways.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: What's Next?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students begin their study of growing patterns by making linear patterns with pattern block shapes using several pattern cores. They extend a partner s pattern and find the missing element in a pattern.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Learning about Number Relationships and Properties of Numbers Using Calculators and Hundred Boards: Displaying Number Patterns      Add Bookmark
Description: Building on students' intuitive understandings of patterns and number relationships, teachers can further the development of number concepts and logical reasoning as described in the Number and Operations and Reasoning and Proof Standards. In this two-part example from Illuminations, virtual hundred boards and calculators furnish a visual way of highlighting and displaying various patterns and relationships among numbers. Using calculators and hundred boards together, teachers can encourage students to communicate their thinking with others, as discussed in the Communication Standard.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,1,2



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