ALEX Lesson Plans
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.
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Subject: Mathematics Title: Shapes on the Way Home
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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: CrossDisciplinary  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?
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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
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Description: This is part three of a threepart eexample 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. eMath Investigations are selected eexamples 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 eexamples are natural companions to the iMath Investigations. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
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: Repeating and Growing Patterns
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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 connectingcubes 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
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Description: In this fivelesson unit from Illuminations, students analyze characteristics and properties of threedimensional 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
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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: Learning Geometry and Measurement Concepts by Creating Paths and Navigating Mazes: Hiding Ladybug
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Description: This standalone 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
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Description: This lesson, one of a multipart 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
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Description: In this twolesson 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 timeversusdistance 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
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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
Subject: Mathematics,Physical Education Title: Playing with Patterns
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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
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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
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Description: In this fivelesson 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
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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
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Description: This lesson, one of a multipart 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
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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
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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?
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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
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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 twopart 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

