# ALEX Lesson Plan Resources

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ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics (K - 2)
Title: Why do we need measurement tools?
Description: This lesson will explore the need for standard measurement tools. It will engage the students and promote critical thinking and reasoning. This is a lead in lesson to conversions. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.

Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (K - 1)
Title: Making Measuring Meaningful!
Description: This activity helps students recognize that measuring tools can come in many different shapes and sizes. The student's will develop creative-thinking, math, and social skills as they use nontraditional and traditional measuring tools. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.

Subject: Mathematics (K - 2), or Credit Recovery Science (2), or Science (4), or Social Studies (1)
Title: The Horizons of Soil in My Backyard
Description: Students will work in small groups to dig holes 1 meter deep. Students will work with measurements as they dig and measure. Students will observe the different types of soil and how the soil changes as they dig. Students will write and draw in their journals about the soil horizons. The need for soil as an important natural resource will be discussed. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project, funded by the Malone Family Foundation.

Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Inch by Inch Learning Is a Cinch
Description: This lesson uses an interdisciplinary approach involving literature, math, and writing. Using the book, Inch by Inch, by Leo Lionni students will explore the world of measurement. They will have the opportunity to practice measuring objects with inchworms like in the book. They will also have a chance to use creative thinking to write their own stories.

Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: The Length of My Feet      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, focuses students attention on the attributes of length and develops their knowledge of and skill in using nonstandard units of measurement. It provides practice with and remediation of the measurable attributes of length. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
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Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: The Area of Things...      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students have opportunities to recognize and use the attributes of length and area using nonstandard units. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
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Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, captures students interests, provides an introduction to and practice with the measurable attributes of length, and assesses student knowledge. The experience focuses student attention on the attributes of length and gives students the opportunity to develop knowledge of and skills in using nonstandard units of measurement. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
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Subject: Mathematics
Description: This collection of Web links, reviewed and presented by Illuminations, offers teachers and students information about and practice in concepts related to measurement. Users can read the Illuminations Editorial Board's review of each Web site, or choose to link directly to the sites.
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Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Description: In this seven-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students build skills required for understanding the attributes of measurement as well as the units, systems, and processes of measurement. Students use objects, pictures, symbols and books. They engage in measurement activities involving length, volume, weight, area and time. They practice measuring using standard and nonstandard units.
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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Using the Number Line to Compare      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students determine differences using the number line to compare lengths. Because this model is based on linear measurement, it is a distinctly different representation from the models presented in the first two lessons of this unit. At the end of this lesson, children are encouraged to predict differences and answer puzzles involving subtraction.
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Subject: Mathematics
Title: The Weight of Things      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, introduces and provides practice with the measurable attributes of weight. It also provides an opportunity to assess student knowledge of and skill in using measurement of mass. This learning experience focuses students attention on the attributes of weight using hands-on activities and active learning.
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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Look at Those Leaves!      Add Bookmark
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson has students observe, measure, and sort tree leaves. They examine leaves individually, in groups, and in relationship to the entire tree.

Subject: Mathematics
Title: Keeping in Balance      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson for grades 1 and 2, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on patterns and relations that can be developed from the exploration of balance, mass, length of the mass arm, and the position of the fulcrum.
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