ALEX Lesson Plans
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, GEMSU Project.
Subject: Mathematics (4  5) Title: Clock Fractions
Description: Students find fractions that represent the rotation of one hand around a clock face. They learn what equivalent fractions are and how to find them. This leads to an understanding of simplifying fractions once students start to add fractions together. Finally, students will use these fractions to add them together to find the total movement around the clock.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  4), or Technology Education (3  5) Title: Numerator/Denominator Introduction
Description: This is an introductory lesson on numerators and denominators. Students will have the opportunity to practice dividing using handson activities.
Subject: Mathematics (3  5), or Technology Education (3  5) Title: Probability Paper Bags
Description: The students will use paper bags with color tiles to calculate probability of colors. This is a fun activity to use with the students. The objectives of probability are taught in a nonthreatening way.
Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics Title: Inch by Inch
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students use an actual ruler to represent various fractions as lengths. This lesson builds on work done in a previous lesson with nonstandard measurement as students use a standard instrument to measure a variety of items. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics Title: The Variable Machine
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Description: This Illuminations lesson provides an introduction to the use of variables. Students explore the idea of variable as a symbol that can stand for any member of a set of numbers, and they substitute numbers for variables (letters) to discover unknown values. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics Title: Expanding Our Pattern Block Fraction Repertoire
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students expand the number of fractions they can represent with pattern blocks by increasing the whole. Instead of representing the whole with one yellow hexagon, the students explore fractional relationships when two, three, and four yellow hexagons constitute the whole. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics,Professional Development Title: Communicating about Mathematics Using Games
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Description: The mathematical game in this fourlesson unit from Illuminations fosters mathematical communication as students explain and justify their moves to one another. In addition, the game motivates students and engages them in thinking about and applying concepts and skills. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics Title: Calculation Nation
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Description: Become a citizen of Calculation Nation! Play online math strategy games to learn about fractions, factors, multiples, symmetry and more, as well as practice important skills like basic multiplication and calculating area! Calculation Nation uses the power of the Web to let students challenge themselves and opponents from anywhere in the world. The element of competition adds an extra layer of excitement. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Subject: Mathematics Title: Fun with Fractions
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Description: In this sevenlesson unit from Illuminations, students explore relationships among fractions through work with the set model. This early work with fraction relationships helps students make sense of basic fraction concepts and facilitates work with comparing and ordering fractions and working with equivalency. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics Title: More Fun with Fraction Strips
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students work with fraction strips to compare and order fractions. Building on work done with fraction relationships in a previous lesson, students develop skills in problem solving and reasoning as they make connections between various fractions. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics Title: Fraction Models
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Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, explores several representations for fractions using adjustable numerators and denominators. Students can see decimal and percent equivalents, as well as a model that represents each fraction. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Fraction Game
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Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, simulates a flash card fraction game. Students flip cards one at a time and try to match the values to the given number lines. 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

