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Subject:
Mathematics (4)
Title:
Map This!
Description:
Students will use mathematical and scientific tools to create a pictorial representation of their school grounds. Students will learn and use appropriate vocabulary for this task. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.
Subject:
Mathematics (3 - 4)
Title:
Students Only! No Teachers Aloud
Description:
The students will be introduced to area and perimeter.The teacher will pose a real-life situation in which the students will have a chance to explore an actual section outside to determine the area and perimeter of a set location.
Subject:
Mathematics (4), or Credit Recovery Science (4), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title:
Lighting Up the Room!
Description:
Each group of students will measure the perimeter of a teacher's classroom. They will work to build and redesign the teacher's classroom to scale (2 feet = 1 inch) using a shoe box and other supplies. They will then wire that room using a series circuit complete with a switch. Each group will use video and digital cameras to document each step and then create a Photostory with a minimum of ten photos.
Subject:
Mathematics (4)
Title:
Learning from LIMBO
Description:
Using a limbo set, students will participate in learning about perimeter and area of a rectangle. Students will explore how the area and perimeter changes as the limbo pole is lowered. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
Subject:
Mathematics (3 - 4)
Title:
Finding Area with a geoboard
Description:
Students will use a geoboard to visualize the concept of square units, as well as measure with those units. They will also be able to visualize the formal formula to different polygons after working with this manipulative.
Subject:
English Language Arts (4), or Mathematics (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title:
Abundant Area
Description:
This is an inquiry and technology-based lesson that allows students to discover the relationship between perimeter and area. Students apply problem-solving strategies to solve the real-life problem posed in this lesson. This lesson may easily be divided into sections and completed over several days if needed.
Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
Subject:
Arts,Mathematics
Title:
Finding Perimeter and Area
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Description:
In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students develop strategies for finding the perimeter and area for rectangles and triangles using geoboards and graph paper. They learn to appreciate how measurement is a critical component to planning and designing a clubhouse.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Another Look at Fractions of a Set
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Description:
In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students identify fractions in real-world contexts from a set of items that are not identical. Students develop skills in problem-solving and reasoning as they think about their set and how to create new sets given specific fractional characteristics.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Arts,Mathematics
Title:
Junior Architects
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Description:
In this unit of four lessons, from Illuminations, students learn basic architectural concepts such as using basic linear measurement, understanding and creating scale representations and exploring perimeter and area measurement as they design their own clubhouses. In addition, they identify, compare and analyze attributes of two- and three-dimensional shapes and develop geometry vocabulary.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Number and Operations Web Links
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Description:
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.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Communicating about Mathematics Using Games: Playing Fraction Tracks
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Description:
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.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Factorize
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Description:
This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to visually explore the concept of factors by creating rectangular arrays with an area equal to the product of the factors. They can choose whether or not to use the commutative property when identifying factors.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5,6,7,8
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Pitching Cards
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Description:
In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on the uses of numbers. The activities use the theme of games to develop concepts of measurement and statistics. Students are asked to measure distances using standard and nonstandard units and to record their measurement in various tables. They are then asked to use descriptive statistics to report the results.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Interactive Geometry Dictionary: Areas in Geometry
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Description:
This student interactive, from Illuminations, demonstrates how to find the area of three common shapes. Interactive investigations demonstrate finding the area of a rectangle, parallelogram, and triangle.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5,6,7,8
Subject:
Arts,Mathematics
Title:
Creating a Two-Dimensional Blueprint
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Description:
In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students draw two-dimensional blueprints, on graph paper, of clubhouses they have designed. They consider why architects use scale drawings and reflect on the challenging aspects of creating their blueprints.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5