ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Mathematics (9  12) Title: Fibonacci Poetry
Description: Students will review the Fibonacci sequence and compose poems with the number of syllables in each line corresponding to the the numbers of that sequence.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU Project.
Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Mathematics (9  12), or Technology Education (9  12) Title: Marathon Math
Description: This unit on sequences and series is intended to help students make the connection from math to real life situations. Developing a marathon training program for a beginner runner is one simple way that students may use patterns in real life. The total mileage per week usually creates a pattern over time. Mathematical operations on patterns, sequences, and series enable students to do the calculations necessary for exploring the pattern. Students also explore nutrition information needed for a training program as proper nutrition is an important part of sports training.
Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics,Science Title: Symbolic Analysis
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students use iteration, recursion, and algebra to model and analyze a changing fish population. They work to find additional equations and formulas to represent the data. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
Subject: Mathematics Title: Recursive and Exponential Rules
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students determine recursive and exponential rules for various sequences. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Subject: Mathematics,Science Title: Numerical Analysis
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students use iteration, recursion, and algebra to model and analyze a changing fish population. They use an interactive spreadsheet application to investigate their models. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
Subject: Arts,Mathematics Title: Hearing Music, Seeing Waves
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Description: This reproducible preactivity sheet, from an Illuminations lesson, presents summary questions about the mathematics of music, specifically focused on sine waves and the geometric sequences of notes that are an octave apart. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
Subject: Mathematics Title: Fractal Tool
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Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, illustrates iteration graphically. Students can view preset iterations of various shapes and/or choose to create their own iterations. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Subject: Mathematics Title: Vigenere Cipher
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students learn about the polyalphabetic Vigenere cipher. They encode and decode text using inverse operations. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
Subject: Mathematics Title: Vigenere Grid
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Description: This reproducible transparency, from an Illuminations lesson, depicts a Vigenere Grid, which is used for encoding a message using a polyalphabetic cipher. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
Subject: Mathematics Title: Counting Trains  Fibonacci
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Description: In this lesson, students use Cuisenaire Rods to build trains of different lengths and investigate patterns. Students make algebraic connections by writing rules and representing data in tables and graphs. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Golden Ratio
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Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students explore the Fibonacci sequence. They examine how the ratio of two consecutive Fibonacci numbers creates the Golden Ratio and identify reallife examples of the Golden Ratio. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8

