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ALEX Lesson Plan Resources
ALEX Lesson Plans
Mathematics (1 - 4), or Social Studies (2)
How Many Times Did You Add That?
After watching the video clip of the Hershey's plant, students will use grid paper to investigate multiplication as repeated addition. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
Explorations in Place Value
Explorations in Place Value is an interactive math mini-unit that incorporates the use of children’s literature, mathematical learning stations, and small group instructional strategies to reinforce basic principles of place value and to teach students about writing large numbers in expanded notation. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
Mathematics (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
"Hanging Out the Laundry" with Place Value
As an introduction to the thousands place in place value, students will first practice with place value mats and base ten blocks. Then students will play "hanging out the laundry" for more practice with place value. Additional practice can be gained by accessing the website provided.
Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
Number and Operations Web Links
This collection of Web links, reviewed and presented by Illuminations, offers teachers and students information about and practice in concepts related to arithmetic. Users can read the Illuminations Editorial Board's review of each Web site, or choose to link directly to the sites.
Communicating about Mathematics Using Games: Playing Fraction Tracks
Mathematical games can foster mathematical communication as students explain and justify their moves to one another. In addition, games can motivate students and engage them in thinking about and applying concepts and skills. This e-example from Illuminations contains an interactive version of a game that can be used in the grades 3-5 classroom to support students' learning about fractions. e-Math Investigations are selected e-examples from the electronic version of the Principles and Standards of School Mathematics (PSSM). The e-examples are part of the electronic version of the PSSM document. Given their interactive nature and focused discussion tied to the PSSM document, the e-examples are natural companions to the i-Math investigations.
In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on the role of numbers and language in real-world situations. Students discuss a picture of things you might see at a post office and then discuss, describe, read, and write about whole numbers to thousands, decimal fractions to hundredths, and common fractions.