# ALEX Resources

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ALEX Learning Activities
Subject: Mathematics (5)
Title: Measurement Interactives
Description:

This measurement menu is comprised of 11 interactives teachers can use with students to practice converting within the customary and metric systems of measurement. Students practice converting measures of length, weight, and capacity, as well as determining which unit of measurement is appropriate for a given object. The interactives are available to be played in relaxed mode or timed mode for an additional challenge.

This activity results from the ALEX Resource Gap Project.

Subject: Mathematics (5)
Title: Horrendous Soup
Description:

Horrendous Soup is a game in which students have to make a recipe for the most disgusting soup they can imagine. Students progress through the game by adding ingredients to the soup. Some of the ingredients are measured in capacity, some are measured in mass, and some are measured in distance. This is a way to reinforce metric conversion skills. To successfully print out the recipe, students must demonstrate the ability to convert the amounts of ingredients to other metric units. For example, liters to milliliters and vice versa, grams to milligrams and vice versa, and millimeters to centimeters to meters.

This activity results from the ALEX Resource Gap Project.

ALEX Learning Activities: 2

ALEX Classroom Resources
Subject: Mathematics (5 - 7)
Title: Super Bear: Comparing Mass
URL: https://aptv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/mgbh-math-md-superbear/super-bear-comparing-mass/
Description:

Think about the relationships between the weight and size of similar objects. This interactive exercise focuses on using critical thinking skills and estimation skills to predict how many mini and regular gummy bears it takes to have the same mass as a super bear and then requires using data to complete calculations to see if your prediction was accurate.

This resource is part of the Math at the Core: Middle School collection.

Subject: Mathematics (5)
Title: Grade 5 Mathematics Module 6, Topic E: Multi-Step Word Problems
Description:

Module 6, Topic E provides an opportunity for students to encounter complex, multi-step problems requiring the application of the concepts and skills mastered throughout the Grade 5 curriculum. Students use all four operations with both whole and fractional numbers in varied contexts. The problems in Topic E are designed to be non-routine problems that require students to persevere to solve them.

While wrestling with complexity is an important part of Topic E, the true strength of this topic is derived from the time allocated for students to construct arguments and critique the reasoning of their classmates. After students have been given adequate time to ponder and solve the problems, two lessons are devoted to the sharing of approaches and solutions. Students partner to justify their conclusions, communicate them to others, and respond to the arguments of their peers.

Subject: Mathematics (5)
Title: Grade 5 Mathematics Module 1, Topic A: Multiplicative Patterns on the Place Value Chart
Description:

Module 1, Topic A begins with a conceptual exploration of the multiplicative patterns of the base ten systems. This exploration extends the place value work done with multi-digit whole numbers in Grade 4 to larger multi-digit whole numbers and decimals. Students use place value disks and a place value chart to build the place value chart from millions to thousandths. They compose and decompose units crossing the decimal with a view toward extending their knowledge of the 10 times as large and 1/10 as large relationships among whole number places to that of adjacent decimal places. This concrete experience is linked to the effects on the product when multiplying any number by a power of ten. For example, students notice that multiplying 0.4 by 1,000 shifts the position of the digits to the left three places, changing the digits’ relationships to the decimal point and producing a product with a value that is 10 10 10 as large (400.0) (5.NBT.2). Students explain these changes in value and shifts in position in terms of place value. Additionally, students learn a new and more efficient way to represent place value units using exponents (e.g., 1 thousand = 1,000 = 103) (5.NBT.2). Conversions among metric units such as kilometers, meters, and centimeters give students an opportunity to apply these extended place value relationships and exponents in a meaningful context by exploring word problems in the last lesson of Topic A (5.MD.1).

Subject: Mathematics (5)
Title: Grade 5 Mathematics Module 2, Topic D: Measurement Word Problems with Whole Number and Decimal Multiplication
Description:

In Module 2, Topic D, students explore multiplication as a method for expressing equivalent measures. For example, they multiply to convert between meters and centimeters or ounces and cups with measurements in whole number, fraction, and decimal form (5.MD.1). These conversions offer opportunities for students to not only apply their newfound knowledge of multi-digit multiplication of both whole and decimal numbers but to also reason deeply about the relationships between unit size and quantity (i.e., how the choice of one affects the other). Students are given the opportunity to review the multiplication of a whole number by a fraction, a skill taught in Grade 4.

Subject: Mathematics (5)
Title: Grade 5 Mathematics Module 1, Topic A: Multiplicative Patterns on the Place Value Chart