ALEX Lesson Plans
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 CareerReady 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  6) Title: Let's Go Fishing for Positive and Negative Integers using the Coordinate Plane!
Description: This lesson will actively engage students in a fishing tournament that uses ordered pairs to catch fish. As students begin to catch the hidden fish, they will find a relationship between the integers in the ordered pairs. By identifying the coordinates of a point on the Cartesian plane, students will earn points by catching minnows, mackerel, red snapper, or sharks. Extension activities include Interactive games, board games, and videos. Your students will have fun listening to a fishing song.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
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, GEMSU Project.
Subject: Mathematics (5  6) Title: Human Ordered Pairs
Description: Students will work in collaborative groups to create a lifesize 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, GEMSU Project.
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 11 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 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 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 Credit Recovery 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.
Subject: Mathematics (5), or Social Studies (3  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: 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  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,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: 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: Telling Racing Stories
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students model races in which runners start from various positions. They enter numbers in a table of values, model races on a coordinate grid, and compare the results. Students begin to develop an understanding of linear relationships. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5

