ALEX Lesson Plans
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: 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: English Language Arts (5), or Mathematics (4  5), or Technology Education (3  5) Title: Comparing Modes of Transportation
Description: In this lesson students will visit different websites in order to decide the best mode of transportation from their home town to New York City. Students will graph the results and write a persuasive paper.
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.
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Subject: Mathematics,Social Studies Title: State Names
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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 steamandleaf plots, boxandwhisker plots, and histograms, can be used to organize the data. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8
Subject: Health,Mathematics Title: Tally Time
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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 problemsolving. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics Title: Numbers and Me
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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. Students identify and use numbers in a reallife setting and interpret survey data. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5
Subject: Health,Mathematics Title: What Is Your Favorite?
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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 problemsolving and communication skills. They also find the mean and median of a set of data. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics,Science Title: Collecting, Representing, and Interpreting Data Using Spreadsheets and Graphing Software: Collecting and Examining Weather Data
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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: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics Title: Pizza, Pizza!
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Description: In this threelesson 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: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics Title: Playing Games
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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: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
Subject: Mathematics Title: My Measurements
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Description: This reproducible activity sheet, from an Illuminations lesson, leads students through the process of measuring various parts of their bodies. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics Title: Comparing Categorical and Numerical Data
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students compare and contrast categorical and numerical data, based upon their work in the earlier parts of the unit. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics Title: Numerical and Categorical Data
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Description: In this unit of three multiday 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: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics Title: Picture This
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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: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics Title: Water, Water
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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: 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,Science Title: Aluminum Cans
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Circle Grapher
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Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to create a customized circle graph as well as display preset 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: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Subject: Mathematics Title: Survey of Hair and Eye Colors
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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 activity, which serves as an introduction to statistics, involves data collection and interpretation through the use of a survey. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics Title: What Is the Best Chip?
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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: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Health,Mathematics Title: Healthy Eating
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics Title: Pizza at Home
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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 athome activity sheet with their parents. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Health,Mathematics Title: Can You Picture It?
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics Title: Last Names Next
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics Title: The Soup Spot
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics Title: Count on Math
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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: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Makeshift Measurements: Student Reproducible
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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: 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: Mathematics Title: Describing Data
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics Title: Inch by Inch
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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: Planning a Class Field Trip
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Description: This lesson, one of a multipart 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: 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: Health,Mathematics Title: Eat Your Veggies
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Description: In this eightunit 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, boxandwhisker 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: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics Title: What Counties Are Your Favorite?
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics Title: Name Your Tune
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
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: Geography,Mathematics,Science Title: Track Leatherback Sea Turtles
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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 Education Grade Span: 3,4,5
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: Fraction Models
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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: Class Attributes
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics Title: Fraction Game
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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: Sticks and Stones
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Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students play Sticks and Stones, a game based on the Apache game Throw Sticks, which was played at multination celebrations. Students collect data, investigate the likelihood of various moves, and use basic ideas of expected value to determine the average number of turns needed to win a game. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Information Represented Graphically
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Description: In this threelesson 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: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Heights of Students in Our Class
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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. They display and interpret data on the heights of students in the class using a boxandwhisker plot. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: Mathematics,Science Title: Classroom Paper
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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: 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: Patterns on Charts
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5
Subject: CrossDisciplinary  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/Cooking Title: How Can Math Help You Cook?
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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: Wonderopolis Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5
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

