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Subject: Mathematics (6)
Title: Nets:  Message in a Box
Description: In cooperative/collaborative groups, students will compare and contrast a two-dimensional pattern and a three-dimensional shape. Students will use a net to label and then construct a rectangular prism. Students will find the surface area of a rectangular prism. As a final performance task, students will create a message box. 


Subject: Mathematics (5 - 6), or Science (5 - 6)
Title: Grow a GEM
Description: Students will  grow crystals out of different substances.  Students will also document and make a podcast video of the growth of their crystals. Students will make and identify different geometric shapes. 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 (6 - 7)
Title: Painting the Pyramids
Description: The students will find the area of each two dimensional figure on a net of a square pyramid.  In groups, students will cut out the net and create a square pyramid.  Groups will then discuss how to find the lateral area and the total surface area of the solid.  This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.


Subject: Mathematics (6 - 7)
Title: Cutting the CHEESE
Description: The students will find the area of each two dimensional figure on a net of a triangular prism.  In groups, students will cut out the net and create a triangular prism.  Groups will then discuss how to find the lateral area and the total surface area of the solid. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.


Subject: Mathematics (6 - 8)
Title: Nifty Nets
Description: During this activity, students will create nets for prisms.  They will find the volume and surface area of the shapes.  They will also use interactive activities to review three-dimensional shapes.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


Subject: Mathematics (6 - 7)
Title: "Movin' On Up"
Description: Students will use their knowledge of scale factor to enlarge a picture to scale. They will then use PhotoStory to create a collage of their pictures. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.  


Subject: Mathematics (6 - 7)
Title: Thinking outside the "BOX"
Description: The students will find the area of each two dimensional figure on a net of a rectangular prism.  In groups, students will cut out the net and create a rectangular prism. Groups will then discuss how to find the lateral area and the total surface area of the solid. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.


Subject: Mathematics (5 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Ping Pong Madness
Description: In this lesson, students will use their knowledge of 3D shapes to create packages for ping pong balls.  They must create small, medium and large packages that are cost effective and stack easily.  They will make nets of the their packages and find the volume and surface area of each.  Students will present the information using a multi-media presentation and a spreadsheet software. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


Subject: Mathematics (6 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Golden Ratios of the Body, Architecture, and Nature
Description: Students will study the golden ratio as it relates to human body measurements, architecture, and nature. Students will use a desktop publishing program to create a poster. The poster will have digital photos of themselves, architecture samples, or nature examples. Students will also include a spreadsheet with the lengths, widths, and length/width ratios of the samples included in the photos.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Mathematics
Title: Cubes Everywhere      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students use cubes to develop spatial thinking and review basic geometric principles through real-life applications. Students are given the opportunity to build and take apart structures based on cubes.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Exploring the Isometric Drawing Tool      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore using an isometric drawing tool and gain practice and experience in manipulating drawings. They explore polyhedra using different representations and perspectives.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Using Cubes and Isometric Drawings      Add Bookmark
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: Front-right-top Views      Add Bookmark
Description: This reproducible transparency, from an Illuminations lesson, depicts an isometric drawing of a three-dimensional figure, along with its front, right, and top views.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Do They Match?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part 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: Are They Possible?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part 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: Building Using the Front-Right-Top View      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore drawing the front-right-top view when given a three dimensional figure built from cubes. Students also explore building a three dimensional figure when given the front-right-top view.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Isometric Dot Paper      Add Bookmark
Description: Print this isometric grid worksheet and use it to easily draw three-dimensional figures, such as cubes.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Mat Plans      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore drawing a mat plan when given a three dimensional figure built from cubes. Students also explore building a three dimensional figure when given the mat plan.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Do They Match? Overhead      Add Bookmark
Description: This reproducible transparency, from an Illuminations lesson, depicts several pairs of isometric drawings of three-dimensional 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: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: Go the Distance      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson is the fourth part of a four-part Illuminations unit titled '' Analyzing Numeric and Geometric Patterns of Paper Pool.'' The interactive paper pool game in this unit provides an opportunity for students to further develop their understanding of ratio, proportion, and least common multiple. At the end of the lesson, students write reports on their findings. This resource is referenced in the Illuminations unit titled '' Analyzing Numeric and Geometric Patterns of Paper Pool'' and is related to the Illuminations lessons titled '' Paper Pool Game,'' '' Explore More Tables,'' '' Look for Patterns.''
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Are They Possible? Overhead      Add Bookmark
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: Surface Area      Add Bookmark
Description: This reproducible transparency, from an Illuminations lesson, features equations for finding the ratios for computing the surface area of cylinders and rectangular prisms.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Mat Plans: Overhead      Add Bookmark
Description: This reproducible transparency, from an Illuminations lesson, depicts an isometric drawing of a three-dimensional figure along with its mat plan.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Isometric Drawing Tool      Add Bookmark
Description: Create dynamic drawings on isometric dot paper with this interactive tool. Draw 2-D and 3-D 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: Dynamic Paper Tool      Add Bookmark
Description: Create customized activity sheets for your classroom! Nets of 3-D shapes, tessellations, coordinate graphs, and more - all based on your input.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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