ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics (8) Title: Let's Get SCIENTIFIC with Numbers!
Description: Using calculators, students will write and interpret large and small numbers using scientific and calculator notation. This exploration will also help students to develop an understanding of the ways exponents are used in writing and multiplying large and small numbers using scientific notation.
Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics Title: Making Your First Million
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students attempt to identify the concept of a million by working with smaller numerical units, such as blocks of 10 or 100, and then expanding the idea by multiplication or repeated addition until a million is reached. Additionally, they use critical thinking to analyze situations and to identify mathematical patterns that enable them to develop the concept of very large numbers. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Cell Size and Scale
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Description: This tool from Science NetLinks shares a simple interactive from the University of Utah's Genetic Science Learning Center that gives students the opportunity to see how various small things compare to one another. Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Subject: Mathematics,Science Title: Travel in the Solar System: Lesson 1
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students consider the amount of time that space travelers must spend on their journey. Students improve their concept of time and distance. 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

