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Subject: Mathematics (6)
Title: Decimals:  Carlos the Centipede goes shopping for Christmas gifts!
Description: Carlos the Centipede and his friend are Christmas Shopping for friends and family. Carlos will add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals. Carlos will change percents to decimals to get all the great discounts during this season of the year.  In addition, he will calculate tax on his purchases.

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Subject: Mathematics (5 - 6)
Title: Decimal Dilemma:  Carlos the Centipede needs to buy tennis shoes!
Description: In this lesson, Carlos the Centipede must buy new baseball shoes.  His dilemma will be how to multiply decimals (money) by multiples of 10.  To add to the dilemma, Carlos' baseball team needs to buy shoes too!  Students will multiply decimals by 100.  Students will investigate what is happening to the decimal point each time a decimal is multiplied by a multiple of 10.

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Subject: Mathematics (5 - 6)
Title: Decimal Dilemmas:  Carlos the Centipede is Adding Decimals!
Description: In this lesson, students will work in collaborative/cooperative groups to understand adding decimals.  Students will use decimal grids to represent the sum of decimals. Emphasis is on using place-value, lining up the decimals and bringing the decimal down.  Students will understand how important estimation of decimals is in real-life situations.

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Subject: Mathematics (5 - 6)
Title: Decimal Dilemma:  Carlos the Centipede is Subtracting Decimals!
Description: In this lesson, students will work in collaborative/cooperative groups to understand subtracting decimals.  Students will use decimal grids to represent the difference of decimals.  Emphasis is on using place-value, lining up the decimals and bringing the decimal down.  Students will understand how important estimation of decimals is in real-life situations

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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Mathematics (5 - 6)
Title: Dewey Decimal Goes to Math Class
Description: Math students take an onsite field trip to the library (media center) to meet the Dewey decimal system.   An "Essential Question" will be used to a set the purpose for understanding why we use the dewey decimal system. Students will compare and order decimals based on the dewey decimal system.

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Subject: Mathematics (5 - 6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Description: Students will prepare and present a group project detailing the menu for a 5 day vacation. Each group will select a vacation destination and describe activities involved in the vacation and the meals that will be served. Groups will be given a budget of \$200 for the 5 days of meals for 4 people. Students will use various forms of technology to research needed information, prepare the budget, and to present the final product. Projects will be turned in as a binder with required information and as a multimedia presentation to be shared with the class.

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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Mathematics (6 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: An Interest.....ing Math Lesson
Description: Eventually everyone will need to borrow money for one reason or another. A good understanding of how interest works will go a long way when applying for a loan. In this lesson students will complete a KWL chart about the purchase of a new vehicle. Students will visit several Websites where they will be able to practice computing simple interest. Then students will have an opportunity to compute simple interest problems that are located in a interactive whiteboard presentation. Students will also answer several written questions about simple interest. They will also create a presentation that will contain information that they gathered during one of the activities that are included in this lesson.

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Subject: Mathematics (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Party Planner
Description: In this activity, students will work in groups to plan a party.  Students will work with adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals to pay for their party supplies.  Students will create a multimedia presentation to the class about the party supplies they decided to purchase.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.

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Subject: Mathematics (4 - 6), or Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Can you survive in the real world?
Description: Living in the real world is expensive and sometimes hard for a new college graduate to adjust to. This lesson will allow students to see the importance and need of budgeting money. Students will have to make choices and research different budget areas. Can they survive in the real world? This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.

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Subject: Mathematics (5 - 6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Aquarium Project
Description: The class is given money to purchase fish for a class aquarium.  Students must use the size and lifestyle requirements for the fish to decide which type to buy.  Students must present their proposal to the principal in a letter.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.

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Subject: Mathematics (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Finding Pi - A Math Adventure
Description: In this lesson students will hear the story of Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi and participate in class activities to discover pi. Technology resources will be used to display results.

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Subject: Mathematics (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: We're Talking Baseball!
Description: During this lesson students use mathematical skills to determine baseball statistics. They can locate their favorite players' stats on the Internet and determine batting average and slugging percentage.

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Subject: Mathematics (5 - 6)
Title: Fractions and Recipes
Description: This is a lesson used to show how fractions are used in everyday life. Students will use the knowledge they have about fractions to change a recipe to accommodate different amounts of people. Students will enjoy navigating the Internet to locate a recipe. Students will also have the opportunity to make the recipe in class and share it with their friends.

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Subject: Mathematics (6 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: How Much Money Can I Make?
Description: This lesson is a technology-based 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.

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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Too Big or Too Small?
Description: In this lesson, from Illuminations, students explore the following concepts: the magnitude of a million, fractions between 0 and 1, and the effect of decimal operations. The activities in this lesson help them develop number sense.
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Subject: Health,Mathematics,Informal Education
Title: Big Math and Fries
Description: This Illuminations lesson is designed to enlighten students about how to calculate percent of calories from fat, carbohydrates, and protein. The calculations are made to determine if a person can follow the Zone Diet with only McDonald's food items.
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Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: Numbers and Language
Description: In this five-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on the role of numbers and language in real-world situations. Students discuss, describe, read, and write about numbers they find in familiar real-world situations. An emphasis on using components of language helps students build a broader vocabulary of numbers than the traditional symbolic representation of numbers.
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ALEX Learning Activities
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Title: Ken-Ken Puzzles
Digital Tool: Ken-Ken Puzzles
Digital Tool Description: Kenken is a grid based numerical puzzle that uses the basic math operations--addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division--while also challenging students logic and problem solving skills.

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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Health - Nutrition , Mathematics - Applied Mathematics , Science - Chemistry , Science - General Science , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - World History , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking
Title: Do French Fries Really Come From France?
Description: Who doesn't enjoy McDonald's French fries every now and then? But did you know this tasty treat isn't really French? Come explore a mysterious case of this potato's mistaken identity.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis

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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Health - Nutrition , Mathematics - Applied Mathematics , Mathematics - Arithmetic , Mathematics - Measurement , Science - Biological and Life Sciences , Science - Biology , Science - Chemistry , Science - General Science , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking
Description: You might think the best part of making brownies is enjoying the end result, but gathering and mixing the ingredients can be just as fun. Grab a spoon and let's find out what ice cream can teach us about math. Yummy!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis

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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Mathematics - Applied Mathematics , Mathematics - Number Sense , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Economics , Vocational Education - Occupational Home Economics , Adult & Family Literacy - Citizenship , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills
Title: How Can Spare Change Make a Big Difference?
Description: Pennies, nickels and dimes can add up to a lot of money over time. Saving some pennies for a rainy day is always a good idea, and giving some of those pennies to a good cause can make you feel pretty good, too.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis

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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Language Arts - Vocabulary , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: What Is Pi?
Description: Apple pie, cherry pie, strawberry pie - you'll find these pies and many more brought to parties around the world today. Why? It's Pi Day, of course!, Fans of math around the world celebrate Pi Day on March 14. Wonder why?
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Thinkfinity Learning Activities
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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Health - Nutrition , Mathematics - Applied Mathematics , Science - Chemistry , Science - General Science , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - World History , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking
Title: Do French Fries Really Come From France?
Description: Who doesn't enjoy McDonald's French fries every now and then? But did you know this tasty treat isn't really French? Come explore a mysterious case of this potato's mistaken identity.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis

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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Health - Nutrition , Mathematics - Applied Mathematics , Mathematics - Arithmetic , Mathematics - Measurement , Science - Biological and Life Sciences , Science - Biology , Science - Chemistry , Science - General Science , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking
Description: You might think the best part of making brownies is enjoying the end result, but gathering and mixing the ingredients can be just as fun. Grab a spoon and let's find out what ice cream can teach us about math. Yummy!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis

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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Mathematics - Applied Mathematics , Mathematics - Number Sense , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Economics , Vocational Education - Occupational Home Economics , Adult & Family Literacy - Citizenship , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills
Title: How Can Spare Change Make a Big Difference?
Description: Pennies, nickels and dimes can add up to a lot of money over time. Saving some pennies for a rainy day is always a good idea, and giving some of those pennies to a good cause can make you feel pretty good, too.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis