ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics (6  8) Title: Popcorn  Bucket or Box?
Description: In this exploration, students will apply their knowledge of finding volume and surface area of cylinders and rectangular prisms. Students will make recommendations to the local movie theater after determining which package is cost effective. Students will support their decision through a presentation.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
Subject: Mathematics (6  7) Title: Pump Up the Volume
Description: In this lesson, students will be required to generate a formula for volume of a rectangular prism. Students working in cooperative groups will use prior knowledge for finding area of a rectangle to determine the "amount of area in a rectangular prism" they have created with a stack of cards.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics Title: Are They Possible?
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students examine some isometric drawings that seem to be impossible. They investigate one method that Dutch artist M.C. Escher used to create such impossible figures. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Are They Possible? Overhead
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Description: This reproducible transparency, from an Illuminations lesson, depicts several isometric drawings of several '' impossible'' figures. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Building Using the FrontRightTop View
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students explore drawing the frontrighttop view when given a three dimensional figure built from cubes. Students also explore building a three dimensional figure when given the frontrighttop view. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Do They Match? Overhead
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Description: This reproducible transparency, from an Illuminations lesson, depicts several pairs of isometric drawings of threedimensional figures. Students determine whether the drawings in each pair represent the same shape as one another. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Do They Match?
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students use three dimensional figures they have constructed to determine when two isometric drawings can represent the same shape. They also determine what possible shapes might have the same isometric drawing and explain their reasoning. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Finding Surface Area and Volume
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students use an isometric drawing tool to build threedimensional figures. They then find the surface area and volume of each figure. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Isometric Drawing Tool
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Description: Create dynamic drawings on isometric dot paper with this interactive tool. Draw 2D and 3D figures using edges, faces, or cubes that you can shift, rotate, color, or decompose. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Subject: Mathematics Title: Using Cubes and Isometric Drawings
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Description: In this unit of six lessons, from Illuminations, students explore polyhedra using different representations and perspectives for three dimensional block figures. In addition, students examine area and volume concepts for block figures within this context. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Learning about Length, Perimeter, Area, and Volume of Similar Objects by Using Interactive Figures: Side Length, Volume, and Surface Area of Similar Solids
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Description: This is part two of a twopart eexample from Illuminations that illustrates how students can learn about the length, perimeter, area, and volume of similar objects using dynamic figures. In this part, Side Length, Volume, and Surface Area of Similar Solids, the user can manipulate the scale factor that links two threedimensional rectangular prisms and learn about the relationships among edge lengths, surface areas, and volumes. eMath Investigations are selected eexamples from the electronic version of the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (PSSM). 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: 6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Purple Prisms
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students investigate rectangular prisms using an online, interactive applet. They manipulate the scale factor that links two threedimensional rectangular prisms to learn about edge lengths and surface area relationships. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics Title: Mathematics and Children's Literature
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Description: In this fivelesson unit, from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on connections between mathematics and children s literature. Five pieces of literature are applied to teaching a wide range of topics in the mathematics curriculum, from sorting and classifying to the meaning of averages. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Patterns and Function
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Description: In this lesson, from Illuminations, students investigate properties of perimeter, area, and volume related to various geometric two and threedimensional shapes. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8

