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Subject: Mathematics (6 - 7)
Title: How Far Can You Leap?
Description: This lesson will allow students to become familiar with the concept of unit rate. Through an open investigation students will develop methods to find unit rate with a table, equivalent ratios, or an equation. This is a lesson to be used as part of a unit with "Painter Problems" and "How Big Should It Be?" This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: Mathematics (6 - 7)
Title: How Big Should it Be?
Description: This lesson will allow students to become familiar with the concept of equivalent ratios and similar objects. Through an open investigation, students will develop methods to find equivalent ratios. This is a lesson to be used as part of a unit with Painter Problems and How Far Can You Leap found in ALEX. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: Mathematics (6)
Title: Painter Problems
Description: This lesson will allow students to become familiar with ratios. In this investigative lesson students will compare ratios and determine equivalent ratios. This is an introductory lesson to be used as part of a unit.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: Mathematics (6)
Title: Thirsty for Ratios
Description: In this lesson the students will learn what a ratio is and how it can be used in comparison. In this lesson, students will also determine how to combine a sports drink in powder form and water to make enough for a whole football team. Students will be encouraged to use different strategies such as ratios and proportions. 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: English Language Arts (5 - 6), or Mathematics (6 - 7)
Title: I Scream for Ice Cream!
Description: In this lesson, students will figure out how many different combinations of ice cream flavors and cones they can make. Students will work cooperatively to make the different combinations. They will use various materials to actually make the combinations. The students will also need to include in writing how their group came up with these combinations, and if they noticed any kind of short cut to help them out.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Arts,Mathematics,Social Studies
Title: Real Estate Tycoon      Add Bookmark
Description: This year-long project, from Illuminations, is divided into three parts and reinforces skills that lay a foundation for algebra, such as measurement, fractions, decimals, percents, and proportions. Students design, build, and sell a house and then simulate investment of the profits in the stock market. Along the way, students make scale drawings, compute with fractions and decimals in various contexts, solve simple equations, and learn valuable lessons about how money really works.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Getting into the Electoral College      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of 3 lessons from Illuminations, students are engaged in activities involving percentages, ratios, and area, with a focus throughout on building problem-solving and reasoning skills. They are designed to be used individually to fit within curriculum being covered at the time of an election. Additionally, the lesson extensions include many ideas for interdisciplinary activities and some possible school-wide activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: A Swath of Red      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students estimate the area of the country that voted for the Republican candidate and the area that voted for the Democratic candidate in the 2000 presidential election using a grid overlay. Students then compare the areas to the electoral and popular vote election results. Ratios of electoral votes to area are used to make generalizations about the population distribution of the United States.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics,Science
Title: Inclined Plane      Add Bookmark
Description: In this multiple-day activity, from Illuminations, students time balls rolling down inclines of varying lengths and heights. They then try to make inferences about the relationships among the variables involved.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Apple Pie Recording Chart      Add Bookmark
Description: This reproducible activity sheet, from an Illuminations lesson, prompts students to use strings and rulers to measure and record the distance around several round objects, as well as the distance across the middle of those objects.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Paper Pool: Analyzing Numeric and Geometric Patterns      Add Bookmark
Description: This page provides an overview of a four-lesson Illuminations unit plan titled '' Analyzing Numeric and Geometric Patterns of Paper Pool.'' The interactive paper pool game in this unit plan provides an opportunity for students to further develop their understanding of ratio, proportion, and least common multiple. This investigation includes student resources for the Paper Pool project, preparation notes, answers, and a holistic-by-category scoring rubric with guidelines for how it can be used to assess the project. Samples of two students' work and comments from a teacher accompany the suggested rubric. This resource references the Illuminations lessons titled '' Paper Pool Game,'' '' Explore More Tables,'' '' Look for Patterns,'' and '' Go the Distance.''
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Paper Pool Game      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students further develop their understanding of ratio, proportion, and least common multiple by playing an interactive paper pool game.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Explore More Tables      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students further develop their understanding of ratio, proportion, and least common multiple.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Look for Patterns      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students further develop their understanding of ratio, proportion, and least common multiple.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics, Social Studies
Title: First Class First? Using Data to Explore the Tragedy of the Titanic      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students analyze and interpret data related to the crew and passengers of the Titanic. They draw conclusions to better understand the people who were lost or saved as a result of the disaster, and whether or not social status affected the outcome.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Canada Data Map      Add Bookmark
Description: Investigate data for the Canadian provinces and territories with this interactive tool. Students can examine data sets contained within the interactive, or they can enter their own data.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Mathematics - Applied Mathematics , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Science - Biological and Life Sciences , Science - Earth science , Science - General Science , Science - Natural History , Science - Space Sciences , Science - Zoology , Vocational Education - Technical , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts , Informal Education - Business/Entrepreneurship training , Informal Education - Community service/Leadership/Team-building , Informal Education - Drama and Puppets , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking , Informal Education - Homework Help/Tutoring , Informal Education - Movement and Music , Informal Education - Photography/Digital Arts , Informal Education - School to Career Experience , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation , Informal Education - Technology Training , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: What Would You Pack For a Trip To Outer Space?      Add Bookmark
Description: Building your own private spaceship can be a lot of fun, but what travels with you can be just as important as what the outside looks like. Have you ever thought about what's on an astronaut's packing list?
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - 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?      Add Bookmark
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: Linking Length, Perimeter, Area, and Volume      Add Bookmark
Description: In this four-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students explore ratio, proportion, scale factor and similarity using perimeter, area, volume and surface area of various rectangular shapes. Students use an online interactive applet to explore how the perimeters, areas, and side lengths of similar rectangles are related.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Health,Mathematics,Informal Education
Title: Big Math and Fries      Add Bookmark
Description: This Illuminations lesson is designed to enlighten students about how to calculate percent of calories from fat, carbohydrates, and protein. The calculations are made to determine if a person can follow the Zone Diet with only McDonald's food items.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Go with Green Rectangles      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students manipulate 2-dimensional rectangles using an online interactive applet. They focus on the relationship between the scale factor and ratio of perimeters of similar rectangles, and on the relationship between scale factor and ratio of areas of similar rectangles.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: How Much is a Million?      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson focuses students on the concept of 1,000,000. It allows students to see first-hand the sheer size of a million while at the same time providing students with an introduction to sampling and its use in mathematics. Students will use grains of rice and a balance to figure out the approximate volume and mass of 1,000,000 grains of rice.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Ratios      Add Bookmark
Description: This reproducible transparency, from an Illuminations lesson, features equations for finding the ratios for surface area and volume when comparing a model to a full-size object.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Apple Pi      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of two lessons, from Illuminations, students use estimation and measurement skills to determine the ratio of circumference to diameter and explore the meaning of pi. They discover formulas for the circumference and area of a circle based on their investigations.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Constant Dimensions      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students measure the length and width of a rectangle using both standard and non-standard units of measure. In addition to providing measurement practice, this lesson allows students to discover that the ratio of length to width of a rectangle is constant, in spite of the units. For many middle school students, this discovery is surprising.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Capture - Recapture      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, students experience an application of proportion that scientists actually use to solve real-life problems. Students learn how to estimate the size of a total population by taking samples and using proportions. The ratio of tagged items to the number of items in a sample is the same as the ratio of tagged items to the total population.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Bean Counting      Add Bookmark
Description: By using sampling from a large collection of beans, students get a sense of equivalent fractions, which leads to a better understanding of proportions. Equivalent fractions are used to develop an understanding of proportions. The number-sense of recognizing equivalent fractions is useful when students study slope and proportions.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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