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Subject:
Mathematics (3 - 4)
Title:
There's Perimeter in the School!
Description:
Students will work in groups to measure the perimeter of items around the school. They will record their data on a spreadsheet in the form of a line plot.
Subject:
Mathematics (3 - 4), or Social Studies (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title:
A Time To Travel!
Description:
Students will research how transportation has changed throughout the years. Students will construct a timeline of transportation through the years.
Subject:
Mathematics (3 - 5)
Title:
"Ridin' Along In My Automobile"
Description:
Students will research prices of used cars to discover how automobiles lose their value over time. Students will create a chart to record their information, use their chart to graph their data, and find measures of central tendency of their data. Students will present their findings and discuss the results.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.
Subject:
Mathematics (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title:
Pictographs
Description:
During this lesson, students will learn how to create a pictograph by collecting data and using pictures to represent the data. Students will have practice reading pictographs and will learn to create a pictograph using spreadsheet or software.
Subject:
Mathematics (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title:
Let's Graph
Description:
This lesson can be implemented during a study of different types of graphs that are used to display and organize data. Students collect and display data in a bar graph.
Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
Subject:
Mathematics,Social Studies
Title:
State Names
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Description:
In this Illuminations lesson, students use multiple representations to analyze the frequency of letters that occur in the names of all 50 states. In the process, they learn how various representations, including steam-and-leaf plots, box-and-whisker plots, and histograms, can be used to organize the data.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5,6,7,8
Subject:
Health,Mathematics
Title:
Tally Time
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Description:
In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students tally data about food preferences and learn the convention of displaying a set of five tallies. Then, they answer questions about the data. They engage in activities related to fostering communication and problem-solving.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Categorical Data
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Description:
In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students formulate and refine questions that can be addressed with categorical data. They consider aspects of data collection such as how to word questions and how to record the data they collect. Finally they represent and analyze the data in order to answer the question posed.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Numbers and Me
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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. Students identify and use numbers in a real-life setting and interpret survey data.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5
Subject:
Mathematics - Statistics - Social Studies - Geography
Title:
Top Ten Cities
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Description:
In this Xpeditions lesson, students identify and study the most populous cities in their state, province, or country. They also learn about population distributions.
Thinkfinity Partner:
National Geographic Education
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Health,Mathematics
Title:
What Is Your Favorite?
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Description:
In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students make human line plots and circle graphs and then draw them on paper and use a Web site to generate them. Posing and answering questions using the graphs gives the students an opportunity to apply their problem-solving and communication skills. They also find the mean and median of a set of data.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Mathematics,Science
Title:
Collecting, Representing, and Interpreting Data Using Spreadsheets and Graphing Software: Collecting and Examining Weather Data
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Description:
Spreadsheets and graphing software are tools for organizing, representing, and comparing data. This lesson from Illuminations illustrates how weather data can be collected and examined using these tools. In the first part, Collecting and Examining Weather Data, students organize and then examine data that has been collected over a period of time in a spreadsheet. In the second part, Representing and Interpreting Data, students use the graphing functions of a spreadsheet to help them interpret data.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Pizza, Pizza!
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Description:
In this three-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students gather, represent and interpret data about pizza choices. They draw conclusions from the data and communicate their findings to fellow classmates by making graphs.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Playing Games
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Description:
In this unit of five lessons, 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. Then they are asked to use descriptive statistics to report the results. These lessons include an individual activity for four different levels plus one for parents to complete with their child at home.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
K,PreK,1,2
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
My Measurements
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Description:
This reproducible activity sheet, from an Illuminations lesson, leads students through the process of measuring various parts of their bodies.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Comparing Categorical and Numerical Data
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Description:
In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students compare and contrast categorical and numerical data, based upon their work in the earlier parts of the unit.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Numerical and Categorical Data
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Description:
In this unit of three multi-day lessons, from Illuminations, students formulate questions that can be addressed with data and collect, organize, and display relevant data to answer them. In lesson one, students formulate and refine questions that can be addressed with categorical data. In lesson two, they pose and refine questions that can be addressed with numerical data. Finally, in lesson three, students recognize differences in representing and analyzing categorical and numerical data.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Picture This
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Description:
In this lesson, from Illuminations, students compose number sentences based on mathematics stories and then conduct a survey to determine how various people interpret pictures mathematically. They analyze and summarize the data they collect, and draw conclusions from their findings.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Water, Water
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Description:
In this lesson, from Illuminations, students compare the amount of water they use in daily life with the amount allotted for each person each day on a Space Shuttle. They estimate and measure the heaviness of, and amount of space occupied by, a gallon of water. They collect, organize, graph, analyze, and interpret data from their investigations.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Numerical Data
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Description:
In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students pose and refine questions that can be addressed with numerical data. They consider aspects of data collection such as how to obtain measurements and record the data they collect. They represent and then analyze the ordered numerical data by describing the shape and important features of a set of data and compare related data sets, with an emphasis on how the data are distributed. In collecting data, students measure with standard units and carry out simple unit conversions.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Mathematics,Science
Title:
Aluminum Cans
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Description:
In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students investigate data in connection with recyclable materials and develop plans to help the environment. Students gather and graph information about their use of aluminum cans and then interpret the data, including figuring and displaying the mean. They then develop a plan for future actions.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5,6,7,8
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Circle Grapher
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Description:
This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to create a customized circle graph as well as display pre-set circle graphs. They can choose from one of 3 predetermined data sets, or input their own data into the applet. In addition to the circle graph, a table of the data is also included.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Survey of Hair and Eye Colors
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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 activity, which serves as an introduction to statistics, involves data collection and interpretation through the use of a survey.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
What Is the Best Chip?
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Description:
In this lesson, from Illuminations, students use data analysis to seek answers to the types of questions often posed by consumer agencies and people who work in sales and marketing. Students gather, organize, and analyze data to determine the best snack chip.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Health,Mathematics
Title:
Healthy Eating
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Description:
In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students collect data about the food knowledge of class members. They create bar graphs, pose and answer questions about the data by looking at the graphs, and find the range and mode.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Pizza at Home
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Description:
In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students focus on gathering and interpreting data about pizza. Students examine statistics about pizza and children s favorite foods and then complete an at-home activity sheet with their parents.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Health,Mathematics
Title:
Can You Picture It?
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Description:
In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students collect data about favorite vegetables, record the data in a pictograph, and then interpret this representation. They also create and use legends for the pictograph.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Last Names Next
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Description:
In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students collect data based on the number of letters in their first and last names. They then create bar graphs and circle graphs and find the range and mode of the two data sets.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
The Soup Spot
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Description:
In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students conduct a survey based on a food court theme and then create pictographs and line plots. They also determine the number of possible combinations given two variables.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Count on Math
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Description:
In this unit of two lessons, from Illuminations, students develop number sense through activities involving collection, representation, and analysis of data. In addition, students practice reading and writing large numbers and use estimation to arrive at appropriate answers.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5,6,7,8
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Makeshift Measurements: Student Reproducible
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Description:
This reproducible chart, from an Illuminations lesson, prompts students to measure and record the length and width of several common items that come in standard sizes, such as envelopes, paper, etc.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Clothing Sizes
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Description:
This reproducible worksheet, from an Illuminations lesson, prompts students to analyze measurements of their body, specifically as they relate to clothing sizes.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Describing Data
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Description:
In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students create glyphs based on the characteristics of their names. They also enter related data into a spreadsheet and sort it in several ways.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Inch by Inch
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Description:
In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students use an actual ruler to represent various fractions as lengths. This lesson builds on work done in a previous lesson with nonstandard measurement as students use a standard instrument to measure a variety of items. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Mathematics,Science
Title:
Classroom Paper
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Description:
In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students investigate data in connection with recyclable materials and develop plans to help the environment. Students gather and graph information about their classroom paper use over a period of several days and then interpret graphical information and use the data as a basis for future planning.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Planning a Class Field Trip
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Description:
This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, focuses students attention on the variables used in planning trips. It captures students interest, provides a review of the primary unit objectives, and assesses students prior knowledge. This experience enables students to consider the variables that must be accounted for in planning a class field trip.
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:
Health,Mathematics
Title:
Eat Your Veggies
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Description:
In this eight-unit lesson from Illuminations, students collect and display data in a variety of ways, beginning with tallies and pictographs. Later lessons focus on representing data using bar graphs, line plots, circle graphs, box-and-whisker plots, and glyphs. Students also compare graphs from two sets of data and find the range, median, mean, and mode of each set.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
What Counties Are Your Favorite?
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Description:
In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students use their knowledge to gather data on ten of their favorite counties (places they might like to live, visit, etc.) within a specific state. Students hone their place value skills by representing numbers in various ways, including standard, written, and expanded form.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Name Your Tune
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Description:
In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students analyze information represented graphically. Students are asked to discuss, describe, read, and write about the graphs and the information they contain. The emphasis on using components of language is natural for students and helps them clarify the information depicted.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
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:
Geography,Mathematics,Science
Title:
Track Leatherback Sea Turtles
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Description:
Activity. Students plot the migration routes of actual leatherback sea turtles, which satellites are tracking as the turtles cross the Atlantic Ocean.
Thinkfinity Partner:
National Geographic Education
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Favorite Pizza Toppings
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Description:
In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students focus on gathering and interpreting data about pizza. Students make a bar graph to display information about their favorite pizza toppings, analyze the results from the graph, and then share their findings with fellow classmates.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Box Plotter
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Description:
This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to create a customized box plot as well as display pre-set box plots. They can choose from one of six predetermined data sets or input their own data into the applet.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
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:
Fraction Models
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Description:
This student interactive, from Illuminations, explores several representations for fractions using adjustable numerators and denominators. Students can see decimal and percent equivalents, as well as a model that represents each fraction.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5,6,7,8
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
What's in a Name: Looking Back and Moving Forward
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Description:
In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students create graphs based on the characteristics of sets of names and find measures of center and spread. They construct a bar graph and a pictograph that displays the length of the names of the states, and then they construct a graph from the data and find the mean, median, and mode of the related data.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Class Attributes
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Description:
In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students create their own classroom survey or use the reproducible Classroom Survey handout to study the class and describe the set (class) in fractional parts. This lesson is integrated with other areas of the math curriculum, including data analysis and statistics.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Fraction Game
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Description:
This student interactive, from Illuminations, simulates a flash card fraction game. Students flip cards one at a time and try to match the values to the given number lines.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5,6,7,8
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Information Represented Graphically
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Description:
In this three-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they analyze information represented graphically. Students are asked to discuss, describe, read, and write about the graphs and the information they contain.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Heights of Students in Our Class
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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. They display and interpret data on the heights of students in the class using a box-and-whisker plot.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Comparing Averages
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Description:
In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students collect data based on the number of letters in their first and last names. They then create a box and whisker plot and compare the mean, median, and mode of the data set.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Representing Data
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Description:
This unit of four lessons, from Illuminations, focuses on the application of mathematics to real-world situations. Students must deal with data to complete an organized chart for the purpose of transferring information to a graph or for generalizing a rule. The unit includes an individual activity for four different levels, 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
K,PreK,1,2
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Patterns on Charts
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Description:
In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students find, record, and analyze patterns on hundred and multiplication charts. They also use an interactive online shape tool and an online calculator to generate patterns and then record them on a chart.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
3,4,5
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
Title:
How Can Math Help You Cook?
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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
Grade Span:
K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5