ALEX Lesson Plans
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 CareerReady Standards showcase lesson plan.
Subject: Mathematics (7) Title: Cool KoolAid Experiment
Description: Seventh grade students have had wideranging experiences with fractions and operations on fractions, but ratios and rates may be new concepts for them. This activity introduces students to the idea of rates via a familiar and tangible product: KoolAid. Students will add varying amounts of KoolAid powder to a set amount of water, thereby producing a sensory experience of rates. The KoolAid example also provides a base experience upon which other examples can build.
Subject: Mathematics (7), or Science (7), or Science (7), or Technology Education (6  8) Title: Where Did You Get Those "Jeans"?
Description: This lesson can be interdisciplinary involving science, mathematics, and language arts. The primary nature of the lesson is inquiry, project, and technologybased. In science this project is a culminating activity in the heredity unit.
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.
Subject: Mathematics (6  7), or Technology Education (6  8) Title: Trading and Tracking Stock Portfolios Online
Description: Student teams will trade stocks and track the progress of their Alabama Stock Market Simulation portfolio by using spreadsheet software and the Internet. They will relate the information to a previous social studies unit on economics and will be utilizing math concepts they have learned. The Internet will be used to research stock trends.
Subject: Mathematics (6  7), or Technology Education (6  8) Title: How Much Money Can I Make?
Description: This lesson is a technologybased activity in which students will research two careers they are possibly interested in pursuing. They will convert the average yearly salary of each career into an hourly wage and record their findings in a spreadsheet. They will calculate their weekly gross and net pay for each career choice.
Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics Title: Getting into the Electoral College
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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 problemsolving 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 schoolwide activities. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: A Swath of Red
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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
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Description: In this multipleday 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: Playing Games
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Description: In this unit of five lessons, from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on the uses of numbers. The activities use the theme of games to develop concepts of measurement and statistics. Students are asked to measure distances using standard and nonstandard units and to record their measurement in various tables. Then they are asked to use descriptive statistics to report the results. These lessons include an individual activity for four different levels plus one for parents to complete with their child at home. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
Subject: Mathematics Title: Explore More Tables
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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: Go with Green Rectangles
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students manipulate 2dimensional 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: Mathematics Title: Fill'r Up
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students can manipulate the scale factor that links two threedimensional rectangular prisms and learn about the relationships between edge lengths and volumes. Students use an online interactive applet to change the size of a set of rectangular prisms and observe the change in the ratio of the volumes. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics Title: How Much is a Million?
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Description: This lesson focuses students on the concept of 1,000,000. It allows students to see firsthand 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: Language Arts,Mathematics Title: Numbers and Language
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Description: In this fivelesson unit, from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on the role of numbers and language in realworld situations. Students discuss, describe, read, and write about numbers they find in familiar realworld situations. An emphasis on using components of language helps students build a broader vocabulary of numbers than the traditional symbolic representation of numbers. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Calculation Nation
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Description: Become a citizen of Calculation Nation! Play online math strategy games to learn about fractions, factors, multiples, symmetry and more, as well as practice important skills like basic multiplication and calculating area! Calculation Nation uses the power of the Web to let students challenge themselves and opponents from anywhere in the world. The element of competition adds an extra layer of excitement. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Subject: Mathematics Title: Constant Dimensions
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Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students measure the length and width of a rectangle using both standard and nonstandard 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

