ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics (8  12), or Science (8) Title: Exploring Monticello: Symmetry in Math and Science
Description: Lesson created by Melinda Defee, Tammy Goss, and Nicole Kimbril
This lesson teaches students math and science principles of dimension, symmetry and reflection through drawing various buildings.
The lesson is part of a larger interdisciplinary unit that explores art, math, science, language arts, and social studies through the study of the architecture of Monticello to illustrate symmetry and the cultural influences on modern society.
This lesson plan was created through a collection of the participants of ArtBridges 2014 workshop and the Johnson Center for the Arts.
Subject: Mathematics (8) Title: Using Exploration and Discovery To Determine the Vertices of Transformed Images
Description: This handson lesson uses exploration and discovery to help students determine the coordinates of the vertices of various figures when translated, rotated, or reflected in a coordinate plane. The exploration phase will access students' prior knowledge and prepare them for the assigned task of using and applying their understanding of transformed images to new situations. The final project will be a cooperative activity, requiring collaboration in the application phase to discover the patterns and create graphs following directions unique to each group.
Subject: Mathematics (8  12) Title: Geometric Quilts
Description: Students will use a square to investigate other polygonal shapes that can be formed. Students will work with these polygons to make designs that will later constitute cooperatively designed quilts. The quilts will be made by translating, rotating, or reflecting a thirtysix patch design. The completed quilts will then be used for a discussion of area and perimeter. Students will blog about what they have learned while doing the lesson and will include pictures of their finished product in our class blog.
Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics Title: Understanding Congruence, Similarity, and Symmetry Using Transformations and Interactive Figures: Identifying Unknown Transformations
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Description: Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Relationships Between Reflections and Symmetry
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students learn the properties of designs that have bilateral symmetry. They also make their own designs and investigate dihedral symmetry. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
Subject: Mathematics Title: Symmetries I
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Description: In this unit of four lessons, from Illuminations, investigate rotational symmetry. They learn about the mathematical properties of rotations and have an opportunity to make their own designs. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
Subject: Mathematics Title: Symmetries II
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Description: In this unit of four lessons, from Illuminations, students use Java applets to investigate reflection, mirror, or bilateral symmetry. They learn about the mathematical properties of mirror symmetry and have a chance to create designs with mirror symmetry. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
Subject: Mathematics Title: Understanding Congruence, Similarity, and Symmetry Using Transformations and Interactive Figures: Visualizing Transformations
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Description: The interactive figures in this fourpart example from Illuminations allow a user to manipulate a shape and observe its behavior under a particular transformation or composition of transformations. eMath Investigations are selected eexamples from the electronic version of the Principles and Standards of School Mathematics (PSSM). The eexamples are part of the electronic version of the PSSM document. 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: Understanding Congruence, Similarity, and Symmetry Using Transformations and Interactive Figures: Composing Reflections
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Description: This is part three of a fourpart eexample from Illuminations that features interactive figures that allow a user to manipulate a shape and observe its behavior under a particular transformation or composition of transformations. In this part, Composing Reflections, users can examine the result of reflecting a shape successively through two different lines. 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: Understanding Congruence, Similarity, and Symmetry Using Transformations and Interactive Figures: Composing Transformations
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Description: This is part four of a fourpart eexample from Illuminations that features interactive figures that allow a user to manipulate a shape and observe its behavior under a particular transformation or composition of transformations. In this part, Composing Transformations, the users are challenged to compose equivalent transformations in two different ways. 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: Language Arts,Mathematics Title: Go the Distance
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Description: This lesson is the fourth part of a fourpart 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: 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: Algebraic Transformations
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Description: In this unit of two lessons, from Illuminations, students learn about the commutative and associative properties using geometric shapes. They investigate the concepts first using a rectangle then using a plus sign shape and a triangle. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Commutative Rectangle
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students investigate the concepts of identity, inverse, commutativity, and associativity using a geometric model. Moves are performed with a rectangle, and the results of an operation that combines two moves are analyzed. Students determine if the operation is commutative or associative, if an identity element exists, or if there are inverses for any of the moves. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8

