ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics (7) Title: Introduction to Banking
Description: This activity will introduce students to the topic of banking. It is a handson lesson in which the students will be writing checks and deposit slips and keeping up with a check register. It is a technologybased lesson that uses interactive websites as well as a presentation to enhance the lesson. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU Project.
Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Mathematics (7) Title: Credit Cards Are "Interest"ing
Description: Students will create a credit card, focusing on appealing terms and slogan. They will use their credit card to go on a shopping spree. The students will receive a "BILL" to discover/discuss the effects/application of simple interest.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU Project.
Subject: Mathematics (7  12) Title: Calendar Fun Operations
Description: This activity is designed to help students evaluate numerical expressions by using order of operations. The students will be provided a calendar for the current month of the year. Students will then be provided with a worksheet that contains 30 expressions and a different symbol for each expression. The students will manually calculate each expression using order of operations. Once the numerical value has been discovered for each expression, the symbol next to the expression will be drawn on the calendar for that date. 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), 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: Nim Games
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Description: This student interactive, from an Illuminations lesson, allows players to challenge the computer in the games of Static Nim, Identity Nim, and Doubling and Tripling Nim. Nim is any type of '' take away game'' in which players alternately remove counters, and the player who takes the last counter wins. There are infinitely many versions of Nim. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
Subject: Arts,Mathematics,Social Studies Title: Real Estate Tycoon
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Description: This yearlong 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, Arts Title: The Fibonacci Series
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Description: The purpose of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is to appreciate and investigate a numerical pattern and to look for evidence of mathematical patterns in nature. In this lesson, students explore the Fibonacci series. They identify the pattern among the Fibonacci numbers, look for applications of these numbers, and explore the ways that this pattern can be related to objects and shapes in both the natural and designed world. Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks Grade Span: 6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Primary Krypto
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Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and addition in a fun environment. In the game of Krypto, students combine numbers with mathematical operations to obtain a target number. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Multiplying Integers Using Videotape
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Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students experience beginning algebra concepts through discussion, exploration, and videotaping. The concept of multiplication of integers is presented in a format that encourages understanding, rather than simply rote memorization of facts. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 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

