ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics (5), or Science (5), or Technology Education (3  5) Title: Popping HOT
Description: In this lesson students will discover the different forms of heat transfer such as conduction, convection, and radiation and that these forms can be demonstrated by popping popcorn. Students will learn the health benefits of popcorn, one of America’s favorite snacks. Students will also use fun facts about popcorn to solve math problems.
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: Arts Education (5), or Mathematics (4  5), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3  5) Title: Inner and Outer Planets of the Solar System
Description: In this science lesson students will work collaboratively to learn and introduce the eight planets, sizes, characteristics, and their order. They will use size comparisons, research a planet, design a poster and create a PowerPoint presentation.
Subject: Mathematics (5  6), or Technology Education (6  8) Title: The Average Middle "Schooler"
Description: In this lesson, students will work in groups to find the average middle school student. They will measure members of the group, find the average, and convert to different units of measure. Students will also conduct a survey and display the information in graphs.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU Project.
Subject: Mathematics (3  5), or Technology Education (3  5) Title: Students Standing Tall
Description: During this lesson, students use data they collect from a class activity to find the mean, mode, median, and range. Students utilize the Internet as a source of information by viewing websites to learn how to find the mean, median, mode, and range of data.
Subject: Mathematics (3  5), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3  5) Title: The Water Cycle
Description: During this lesson, students will learn that water is constantly being recycled through the atmosphere and how this affects us. Students will explore the water cycle on the Internet. Students create different types of weather situations to see how the water cycle works. Mathematics skills will be used to determine results from the observations.
Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics Title: Pigging Out
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Description: This lesson plan, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, is inspired by children s natural curiosity about fantasy and fairy tales and focuses on the process of classification, especially an awareness of similarities and differences. The activity uses The Three Little Pigs to motivate students to think and reason mathematically. 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: Mathematics Title: Numerical Data
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics Title: Clothing Sizes
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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: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics Title: Making Beds
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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 story How Big Is a Foot? by Rolf Myller and then explore the need for a standard unit of measure. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
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
Subject: Mathematics Title: Beverage Sharing and Serving
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Description: This lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, focuses on student organization, preparation, and presentation of some simple foods as a way to apply various mathematical concepts, with problemsolving techniques being a central theme. Students work with a nonstandard unit of measurement to determine the minimum amount of fruit drink needed to serve class members and then prepare and properly serve the beverage to each student. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics Title: Representing Data
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Description: This unit of four lessons, from Illuminations, focuses on the application of mathematics to realworld 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, 12, 34, 56, and 78. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
Subject: Mathematics Title: Skin Weight
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students work with data to complete an organized chart for the purpose of transferring information to a graph or for the purpose of generalizing a rule. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8

