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Subject: Mathematics (5)
Title: You Sank My Coordinate Plane! (an introductory lesson in coordinate planes)
Description: If you grab a bunch of jump ropes and tell your kids you're going outside, you can trick them into thinking they are getting recess.  Instead, you can surprise them with a math lesson about how to identify the points on the coordinate plane!  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: Mathematics (5)
Title: Plane Ole Plotting
Description: The students will develop an understanding of the Cartesian plane through questioning and reasoning.  Students will also gain a deeper understanding of the four quadrants within the coordinate system.


Subject: Mathematics (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: And the Point Is???
Description: Students will identify and describe the parts of a coordinate grid. Students will explain how to find and graph ordered pairs on a coordinate grid.  Using a word processing program, students will create a coordinate grid activity sheet.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


Subject: Mathematics (5 - 6)
Title: Human Ordered Pairs
Description: Students will work in collaborative groups to create a life-size Cartesian plane and insert themselves as the ordered pairs. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


Subject: Mathematics (5 - 8)
Title: Creating a Reflection
Description: In this lesson, the students will create geometric reflections. This is a hands on activity where the student will be able to conceptualize how geometric shapes are reflected across the x and y axis of a coordinate graph. 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), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Coordinate Geometry
Description: Students will participate in several activities that will build their knowledge of coordinates graphing. Students will use ordered pairs to locate points on a grid. Students will also relate coordinate graphing to the real world through finding locations on a city map.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)
Title: Introduction to the Cartesian Coordinate Plane
Description: This lesson consists of two Powerpoint presentations that use animation (motion) to demonstrate how to obtain a 1-1 mapping between a plane and ordered pairs of Real numbers. These can be teacher presented or if you have enough PCs students can do these as independent activities.


Subject: English Language Arts (5 - 6), or English Language Arts (5 - 6), or Mathematics (5)
Title: Peanut/Peanut Butter
Description: During this lesson students navigate the Internet to learn about the accomplishments of George Washington Carver. Students explore the history of peanuts and sample different types of peanuts. They use their five senses to write a descriptive paper about making homemade peanut butter.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or 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 (5), or Social Studies (4)
Title: Plotting Points in Alabama
Description: The students will be able to use coordinates to find locations of specific cities on a map of Alabama.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Mathematics
Title: Study the Shapes      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students use an online, interactive activity to analyze characteristics and properties of three-dimensional 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



Subject: Geography,Mathematics,Science
Title: 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 Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: Describing Designs      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part 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, one-half, and one-fourth. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Understanding Distance, Speed, and Time Relationships      Add Bookmark
Description: In this two-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students use a software simulation of two runners along a track. Students can control the speeds and starting points of the runners, watch the race and examine a graph of the time-versus-distance relationship. They examine graphs of related data and investigate scenarios involving constant rates of change.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Let's Compare      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students collect numerical data, generate graphs, and compare two data sets. They also find the mean, mode, median, and range of the data sets. Communication and problem solving-skills are used in this lesson.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Another Look at Fractions of a Set      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students identify fractions in real-world contexts from a set of items that are not identical. Students develop skills in problem-solving 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: 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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