ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics (4) Title: Lay It on the Line
Description: This lesson allows students to explore their surroundings to locate and prove the presence of perpendicular lines. Students will use the corner of a ruler as a tester to determine right angles contained in classroom items. It can be included in a unit on geometry and measurement.
This is a College and CareerReady Standards showcase lesson plan.
Subject: Mathematics (1  4) Title: Look Around, What do You See? Origamis!
Description: Students will make origamis using Japanese paper folding techniques. This lesson will enhance the students ability to understand geometry concepts.
This is a College and CareerReady Standards showcase lesson plan.
Subject: Mathematics (4), or Technology Education (3  5) Title: Wanted: Angles of all Sizes!
Description: In this lesson, students will explore straight, right, acute and obtuse angles. Students will go to the playground to search for angles. The students will use digital cameras to record their findings. They will use their findings to create a Power Point to present to the class.
Subject: Mathematics (4) Title: A Triangle to Remember
Description: This lesson will introduce students to different types of triangles by using a clip from the movie A Walk to Remember. They will take part in interactive tutorials to strengthen the concepts of classifying triangles. The students will then use features on Microsoft Word to create an interactive triangle poster and show what they know.
Subject: Mathematics (3  4) Title: Geometric Man
Description: The students will explore angles, rays, line segments, perpendicular lines, parallel lines, and twodimensional figures through the use of the book "Shape Up! Fun With Triangles and Other Polygons" by David A. Adler. They will also classify quadrilaterals through an interactive website.
Subject: Mathematics (4), or Technology Education (3  5) Title: Angle Scavenger Hunt
Description: In this lesson, students will explore straight, right, acute, and obtuse angles. Students will go on a scavenger hunt throughout the school to search for examples of these types of angles. The students will use digital cameras to record and communicate their findings.
Subject: Mathematics (3  5), or Technology Education (3  5) Title: A What? A What? A Quadrilateral
Description: In this lesson, students will identify the characteristics of a quadrilateral. Students will have a chance categorize quadrilaterals into subgroups such as squares, rhombuses, rectangles, and nonregular quadrilaterals. This lesson using geometric shapes for a handson activity and includes a quadrilateral quest via the internet at the end.
Subject: English Language Arts (3), or Mathematics (3  5), or Technology Education (3  5) Title: Weight vs. Capacity
Description: This lesson will introduce students to measuring weight, mass, volume, and capacity using metric and cutomary units.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
Subject: Mathematics (3  5), or Technology Education (3  5) Title: $100 Picture
Description: This is a lesson where collaborative learning groups are used to explore perimeter and area of an irregular figure using pattern blocks. This lesson should be used after students have already had some experience with finding the perimeter and area of a figure.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU Project.
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 (K  4), or Science (4) Title: Geometric Shadows
Description: Students will identify objects as translucent, transparent, or opaque. Upon seeing the shadow of the opaque object, students will identify the geometric figure created by the shadow.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU Project.
Subject: Character Education (K  12), or English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (K  4) Title: Twisted Tangrams
Description: In this lesson students will use a handson approach to problem solving. They will construct and manipulate tangrams to recreate animals from a story. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics Title: Isometric Drawing Tool
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Description: Create dynamic drawings on isometric dot paper with this interactive tool. Draw 2D and 3D figures using edges, faces, or cubes that you can shift, rotate, color, or decompose. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Subject: Arts,Mathematics Title: Getting to Know the Shapes
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students discover the uses of geometry and measurement in the world of architecture as they are introduced to a project in which they design a clubhouse. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Mathematics Title: Describing Designs
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students create designs and describe them to classmates, using fractional and geometric terms. The lesson provides a context for using the vocabulary terms horizontal, vertical, square, rectangle, triangle, diagonal, onehalf, and onefourth. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics Title: More Work with Shapes
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students explore geometric concepts by modeling on the geoboard. They investigate parallel, perpendicular, and intersecting lines. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics  Applied Mathematics  Social Studies  Geography Title: Geography of Pizza
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Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students analyze Earth's surface according to the spatial elements of points, lines, and areas, and use a simple map to identify features in terms of spatial elements. This lesson uses a pizza restaurant to introduce these components to students, e.g., the location of a restaurant (point), roads and sidewalks (lines), and the city blocks or the region served by a restaurant (area). Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education 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: Arts,Mathematics Title: Constructing a ThreeDimensional Model
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students build a three dimensional model of a clubhouse from two dimensional blueprints designed in an earlier lesson. In addition, they solve problems related to constructing and decorating their clubhouse. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics Title: Shapes Art
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on connections between mathematics and children s literature. They listen to the poem Shapes from Shel Silverstein s A Light in the Attic and then recognize, draw, and describe geometric figures. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5
Subject: Arts,Mathematics Title: Who Was Wassily Kandinsky?
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students explore the geometric figures Wassily Kandinsky used in his art. Students participate in a scavenger hunt to become familiar with Kandinsky s works and the geometric figures used in his paintings. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Arts,Mathematics Title: Mirroring Kandinsky
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students explore the geometric figures Wassily Kandinsky used in his art. Students apply what they have learned in previous lessons by designing their own art, and they use Kandinsky s style of art and their own creativity to make paintings that reflect their understanding of geometry. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics Title: Rectangles and Parallelograms
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Description: In this lesson, from Illuminations, students use dynamic software to examine the properties of rectangles and parallelograms and then identify what distinguishes a rectangle from a more general parallelogram. Using spatial relationships, they examine the properties of two and threedimensional shapes. The lesson links to a virtual manipulative that allows students to compare rectangles and parallelograms. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics Title: Study the Shapes
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students use an online, interactive activity to 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. Students investigate geometric shapes in the classroom and complete a chart describing the characteristics of several geometric solids. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5

