ALEX Lesson Plans Subject: Mathematics (3 - 4) Title: There's Perimeter in the School! Description: Students will work in groups to measure the perimeter of items around the school. They will record their data on a spreadsheet in the form of a line plot.Subject: Mathematics (3 - 4), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5) Title: A Time To Travel! Description: Students will research how transportation has changed throughout the years. Students will construct a timeline of transportation through the years.Subject: Mathematics (3 - 5) Title: "Ridin' Along In My Automobile" Description: Students will research prices of used cars to discover how automobiles lose their value over time.  Students will create a chart to record their information, use their chart to graph their data, and find measures of central tendency of their data.  Students will present their findings and discuss the results.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.Subject: Mathematics (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5) Title: Pictographs Description: During this lesson, students will learn how to create a pictograph by collecting data and using pictures to represent the data. Students will have practice reading pictographs and will learn to create a pictograph using spreadsheet or software.Subject: Mathematics (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5) Title: Let's Graph Description: This lesson can be implemented during a study of different types of graphs that are used to display and organize data. Students collect and display data in a bar graph. Thinkfinity Lesson Plans Subject: Mathematics,Social StudiesTitle: State Names      Add Bookmark Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students use multiple representations to analyze the frequency of letters that occur in the names of all 50 states. In the process, they learn how various representations, including steam-and-leaf plots, box-and-whisker plots, and histograms, can be used to organize the data.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8Subject: Health,MathematicsTitle: Tally Time      Add Bookmark Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students tally data about food preferences and learn the convention of displaying a set of five tallies. Then, they answer questions about the data. They engage in activities related to fostering communication and problem-solving.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: MathematicsTitle: Categorical Data      Add Bookmark Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students formulate and refine questions that can be addressed with categorical data. They consider aspects of data collection such as how to word questions and how to record the data they collect. Finally they represent and analyze the data in order to answer the question posed.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: MathematicsTitle: Numbers and Me      Add Bookmark Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on the uses of numbers. Students identify and use numbers in a real-life setting and interpret survey data.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5Subject: Mathematics - Statistics - Social Studies - GeographyTitle: Top Ten Cities      Add Bookmark Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students identify and study the most populous cities in their state, province, or country. They also learn about population distributions.Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic EducationGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: Health,MathematicsTitle: What Is Your Favorite?      Add Bookmark Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students make human line plots and circle graphs and then draw them on paper and use a Web site to generate them. Posing and answering questions using the graphs gives the students an opportunity to apply their problem-solving and communication skills. They also find the mean and median of a set of data.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: Mathematics,ScienceTitle: Collecting, Representing, and Interpreting Data Using Spreadsheets and Graphing Software: Collecting and Examining Weather Data      Add Bookmark Description: Spreadsheets and graphing software are tools for organizing, representing, and comparing data. This lesson from Illuminations illustrates how weather data can be collected and examined using these tools. In the first part, Collecting and Examining Weather Data, students organize and then examine data that has been collected over a period of time in a spreadsheet. In the second part, Representing and Interpreting Data, students use the graphing functions of a spreadsheet to help them interpret data.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: MathematicsTitle: Pizza, Pizza!      Add Bookmark Description: In this three-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students gather, represent and interpret data about pizza choices. They draw conclusions from the data and communicate their findings to fellow classmates by making graphs.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: MathematicsTitle: Playing Games      Add Bookmark Description: In this unit of five lessons, 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. Then they are asked to use descriptive statistics to report the results. These lessons include an individual activity for four different levels plus one for parents to complete with their child at home.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: K,PreK,1,2Subject: MathematicsTitle: My Measurements      Add Bookmark Description: This reproducible activity sheet, from an Illuminations lesson, leads students through the process of measuring various parts of their bodies.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: MathematicsTitle: Comparing Categorical and Numerical Data      Add Bookmark Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students compare and contrast categorical and numerical data, based upon their work in the earlier parts of the unit.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: MathematicsTitle: Numerical and Categorical Data      Add Bookmark Description: In this unit of three multi-day lessons, from Illuminations, students formulate questions that can be addressed with data and collect, organize, and display relevant data to answer them. In lesson one, students formulate and refine questions that can be addressed with categorical data. In lesson two, they pose and refine questions that can be addressed with numerical data. Finally, in lesson three, students recognize differences in representing and analyzing categorical and numerical data.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: MathematicsTitle: Picture This      Add Bookmark Description: In this lesson, from Illuminations, students compose number sentences based on mathematics stories and then conduct a survey to determine how various people interpret pictures mathematically. They analyze and summarize the data they collect, and draw conclusions from their findings.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: MathematicsTitle: Water, Water      Add Bookmark Description: In this lesson, from Illuminations, students compare the amount of water they use in daily life with the amount allotted for each person each day on a Space Shuttle. They estimate and measure the heaviness of, and amount of space occupied by, a gallon of water. They collect, organize, graph, analyze, and interpret data from their investigations.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: MathematicsTitle: Numerical Data      Add Bookmark Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students pose and refine questions that can be addressed with numerical data. They consider aspects of data collection such as how to obtain measurements and record the data they collect. They represent and then analyze the ordered numerical data by describing the shape and important features of a set of data and compare related data sets, with an emphasis on how the data are distributed. In collecting data, students measure with standard units and carry out simple unit conversions.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: Mathematics,ScienceTitle: Aluminum Cans      Add Bookmark Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part 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 use of aluminum cans and then interpret the data, including figuring and displaying the mean. They then develop a plan for future actions.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8Subject: MathematicsTitle: Circle Grapher      Add Bookmark Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to create a customized circle graph as well as display pre-set circle graphs. They can choose from one of 3 predetermined data sets, or input their own data into the applet. In addition to the circle graph, a table of the data is also included.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12Subject: MathematicsTitle: Survey of Hair and Eye Colors      Add Bookmark Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on the uses of numbers. The activity, which serves as an introduction to statistics, involves data collection and interpretation through the use of a survey.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: MathematicsTitle: What Is the Best Chip?       Add Bookmark Description: In this lesson, from Illuminations, students use data analysis to seek answers to the types of questions often posed by consumer agencies and people who work in sales and marketing. Students gather, organize, and analyze data to determine the best snack chip.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: Health,MathematicsTitle: Healthy Eating      Add Bookmark Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students collect data about the food knowledge of class members. They create bar graphs, pose and answer questions about the data by looking at the graphs, and find the range and mode.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: MathematicsTitle: Pizza at Home      Add Bookmark Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students focus on gathering and interpreting data about pizza. Students examine statistics about pizza and children s favorite foods and then complete an at-home activity sheet with their parents.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: Health,MathematicsTitle: Can You Picture It?      Add Bookmark Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students collect data about favorite vegetables, record the data in a pictograph, and then interpret this representation. They also create and use legends for the pictograph.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: MathematicsTitle: Last Names Next      Add Bookmark Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students collect data based on the number of letters in their first and last names. They then create bar graphs and circle graphs and find the range and mode of the two data sets.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: MathematicsTitle: The Soup Spot      Add Bookmark Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students conduct a survey based on a food court theme and then create pictographs and line plots. They also determine the number of possible combinations given two variables.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: MathematicsTitle: Count on Math      Add Bookmark Description: In this unit of two lessons, from Illuminations, students develop number sense through activities involving collection, representation, and analysis of data. In addition, students practice reading and writing large numbers and use estimation to arrive at appropriate answers.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8Subject: MathematicsTitle: Makeshift Measurements: Student Reproducible      Add Bookmark Description: This reproducible chart, from an Illuminations lesson, prompts students to measure and record the length and width of several common items that come in standard sizes, such as envelopes, paper, etc.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: MathematicsTitle: Clothing Sizes      Add Bookmark Description: This reproducible worksheet, from an Illuminations lesson, prompts students to analyze measurements of their body, specifically as they relate to clothing sizes.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: MathematicsTitle: Describing Data      Add Bookmark Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students create glyphs based on the characteristics of their names. They also enter related data into a spreadsheet and sort it in several ways.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: MathematicsTitle: Inch by Inch      Add Bookmark Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part 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: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: Mathematics,ScienceTitle: Classroom Paper      Add Bookmark Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part 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: IlluminationsGrade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5Subject: MathematicsTitle: Planning a Class Field Trip      Add Bookmark Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, focuses students attention on the variables used in planning trips. It captures students interest, provides a review of the primary unit objectives, and assesses students prior knowledge. This experience enables students to consider the variables that must be accounted for in planning a class field trip.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: MathematicsTitle: 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: IlluminationsGrade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12Subject: Health,MathematicsTitle: Eat Your Veggies      Add Bookmark Description: In this eight-unit lesson from Illuminations, students collect and display data in a variety of ways, beginning with tallies and pictographs. Later lessons focus on representing data using bar graphs, line plots, circle graphs, box-and-whisker plots, and glyphs. Students also compare graphs from two sets of data and find the range, median, mean, and mode of each set.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: MathematicsTitle: What Counties Are Your Favorite?      Add Bookmark Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students use their knowledge to gather data on ten of their favorite counties (places they might like to live, visit, etc.) within a specific state. Students hone their place value skills by representing numbers in various ways, including standard, written, and expanded form.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: MathematicsTitle: Name Your Tune      Add Bookmark Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students analyze information represented graphically. Students are asked to discuss, describe, read, and write about the graphs and the information they contain. The emphasis on using components of language is natural for students and helps them clarify the information depicted.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: MathematicsTitle: 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: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: Geography,Mathematics,ScienceTitle: Track Leatherback Sea Turtles      Add Bookmark Description: Activity. Students plot the migration routes of actual leatherback sea turtles, which satellites are tracking as the turtles cross the Atlantic Ocean.Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic EducationGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: MathematicsTitle: Favorite Pizza Toppings      Add Bookmark Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students focus on gathering and interpreting data about pizza. Students make a bar graph to display information about their favorite pizza toppings, analyze the results from the graph, and then share their findings with fellow classmates.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: MathematicsTitle: Box Plotter      Add Bookmark Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to create a customized box plot as well as display pre-set box plots. They can choose from one of six predetermined data sets or input their own data into the applet.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12Subject: MathematicsTitle: Pitching Cards      Add Bookmark Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part 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: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: MathematicsTitle: Fraction Models       Add Bookmark 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: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8Subject: MathematicsTitle: What's in a Name: Looking Back and Moving Forward      Add Bookmark Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students create graphs based on the characteristics of sets of names and find measures of center and spread. They construct a bar graph and a pictograph that displays the length of the names of the states, and then they construct a graph from the data and find the mean, median, and mode of the related data.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: MathematicsTitle: Class Attributes      Add Bookmark Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students create their own classroom survey or use the reproducible Classroom Survey handout to study the class and describe the set (class) in fractional parts. This lesson is integrated with other areas of the math curriculum, including data analysis and statistics.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: MathematicsTitle: Fraction Game       Add Bookmark 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: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8Subject: MathematicsTitle: Information Represented Graphically      Add Bookmark Description: In this three-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they analyze information represented graphically. Students are asked to discuss, describe, read, and write about the graphs and the information they contain.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8Subject: MathematicsTitle: Heights of Students in Our Class      Add Bookmark Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on the uses of numbers. They display and interpret data on the heights of students in the class using a box-and-whisker plot.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: MathematicsTitle: Comparing Averages      Add Bookmark Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students collect data based on the number of letters in their first and last names. They then create a box and whisker plot and compare the mean, median, and mode of the data set.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: MathematicsTitle: Representing Data      Add Bookmark Description: This unit of four lessons, from Illuminations, focuses on the application of mathematics to real-world situations. Students must deal with data to complete an organized chart for the purpose of transferring information to a graph or for generalizing a rule. The unit includes an individual activity for four different levels, 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8.Thinkfinity Partner: IlluminationsGrade Span: K,PreK,1,2Subject: MathematicsTitle: 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: IlluminationsGrade Span: 3,4,5Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Health - Nutrition , Mathematics - Applied Mathematics , Mathematics - Arithmetic , Mathematics - Measurement , Science - Biological and Life Sciences , Science - Biology , Science - Chemistry , Science - General Science , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/CookingTitle: How Can Math Help You Cook?      Add Bookmark Description: You might think the best part of making brownies is enjoying the end result, but gathering and mixing the ingredients can be just as fun. Grab a spoon and let's find out what ice cream can teach us about math. Yummy!Thinkfinity Partner: WonderopolisGrade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5