ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics (4) Title: Map This!
Description: Students will use mathematical and scientific tools to create a pictorial representation of their school grounds. Students will learn and use appropriate vocabulary for this task.
This is a College and CareerReady Standards showcase lesson plan.
Subject: Mathematics (3  4) Title: Students Only! No Teachers Aloud
Description: The students will be introduced to area and perimeter.The teacher will pose a reallife situation in which the students will have a chance to explore an actual section outside to determine the area and perimeter of a set location.
Subject: Mathematics (4), or Science (4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3  5) Title: Lighting Up the Room!
Description: Each group of students will measure the perimeter of a teacher's classroom. They will work to build and redesign the teacher's classroom to scale (2 feet = 1 inch) using a shoe box and other supplies. They will then wire that room using a series circuit complete with a switch. Each group will use video and digital cameras to document each step and then create a Photostory with a minimum of ten photos.
Subject: Mathematics (4) Title: Learning from LIMBO
Description: Using a limbo set, students will participate in learning about perimeter and area of a rectangle. Students will explore how the area and perimeter changes as the limbo pole is lowered.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
Subject: Mathematics (3  4) Title: Finding Area with a geoboard
Description: Students will use a geoboard to visualize the concept of square units, as well as measure with those units. They will also be able to visualize the formal formula to different polygons after working with this manipulative.
Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Mathematics (3  4), or Technology Education (3  5) Title: Abundant Area
Description: This is an inquiry and technologybased lesson that allows students to discover the relationship between perimeter and area. Students apply problemsolving strategies to solve the reallife 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
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students identify fractions in realworld contexts from a set of items that are not identical. Students develop skills in problemsolving 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: Arts,Mathematics Title: Junior Architects
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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 threedimensional shapes and develop geometry vocabulary. 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: 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 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: Pitching Cards
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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: Interactive Geometry Dictionary: Areas in Geometry
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Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, demonstrates how to find the area of three common shapes. Interactive investigations demonstrate finding the area of a rectangle, parallelogram, and triangle. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8
Subject: Arts,Mathematics Title: Creating a TwoDimensional Blueprint
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students draw twodimensional 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

