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Subject: Mathematics (4 - 5)
Title: Fraction Action
Description: The students will participate in a hands-on-lesson where they will understand and be able to write equivalent forms of fractions. The students will learn and apply the concept of using fractions in everyday life.


Subject: Mathematics (5)
Title: Gallon Man Meets Fraction Friend: An Introductory Lesson on Adding Fractions with Unlike Denominators
Description: This hands-on, minds-on activity helps students use what they already know about customary measurement (CCRS 2010 #18 [5.MD.1]: Convert among different-sized standard measurement units within a given measurement system.) to help them add and subtract fractions with like and unlike denominators.


Subject: Mathematics (5 - 6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Aquarium Project
Description: The class is given money to purchase fish for a class aquarium.  Students must use the size and lifestyle requirements for the fish to decide which type to buy.  Students must present their proposal to the principal in a letter.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 5)
Title: Tangram Fractions
Description: The teacher will engage the class by reading Grandfather Tang. Students will solve a tangram puzzle. Students will find the fractional value for each piece of the tangram. Students will create a picture using the pieces of the tangram. Students will find the fractional value of their partner's tangram picture. 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 (5 - 6), or Science (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Watch That Plant Grow
Description: This lesson allows students to explore horticulture within a controlled environment, a greenhouse. Students engage in hands-on activities as they grow their own plants and chart data concerning the conditions related to plant growth in a greenhouse. The data collected is recorded on a spreadsheet to aid in growth prediction over a specified amount of time. This lesson should precede other lessons regarding research on plants grown in a greenhouse.


Subject: Mathematics (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Adding and Subtracting Mixed Numbers
Description: During this technology based lesson, students learn how to add and subtract mixed numbers by exploring websites on the Internet. Students demonstrate their knowledge of fractions by participating in practice activities on the Internet.


Subject: Mathematics (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Kids and Money
Description: This lesson is used to show students how a bank pays interest to people who deposit money into it and charges interest to people who borrow money from it.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Mathematics
Title: 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: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Investigating Equivalent Fractions with Relationship Rods      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students investigate the length model by working with relationship rods to find equivalent fractions. Students develop skills in reasoning and problem solving as they explain how two fractions are equivalent (the same length). Relationship rods are wooden or plastic rods in ten different colors, ranging in length from one to ten centimeters.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Fun with Fractions      Add Bookmark
Description: In this seven-lesson 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: 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: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: 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: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: 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: 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      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: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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