# ALEX Lesson Plan Resources

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ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics (8), or Credit Recovery Science (9 - 12), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (K - 5)
Title: Show Me The Money
Description: Just what is a penny worth? Students explore various websites or printed fact sheet investigating the history and changes in density of pre- and post- 1982 pennies. They will also research the current price of copper and zinc and compare the ratios or pre and post 1982 pennies. Students then complete a hands-on lab experiment to determine the mass, volume, and density of pre and post 1982 pennies. Students determine if the pennies are worth saving?

Subject: Mathematics (6 - 8)
Title: Popcorn - Bucket or Box?
Description: In this exploration, students will apply their knowledge of finding volume and surface area of cylinders and rectangular prisms.  Students will make recommendations to the local movie theater after determining which package is cost effective.  Students will support their decision through a presentation. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.

Subject: Mathematics (6 - 8)
Title: Nifty Nets
Description: During this activity, students will create nets for prisms.  They will find the volume and surface area of the shapes.  They will also use interactive activities to review three-dimensional shapes.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.

Subject: Mathematics (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Water Tank Creations Part I
Description: In this lesson students will study the surface area and volume of three-dimensional shapes by creating a water tank comprised of these shapes. Students will work in groups of 4-5 to research water tanks, develop scale drawings and build a scale model. Teacher will evaluate the project using a rubric and students will assess one anothers cooperative skills using a rubric.

Subject: Mathematics (6 - 12)
Title: Swimming Pool Math
Description: Students will use a swimming pool example to practice finding perimeter and area of different rectangles.

Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics
Title: Building Using the Front-Right-Top View      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore drawing the front-right-top view when given a three dimensional figure built from cubes. Students also explore building a three dimensional figure when given the front-right-top view.
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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Circle Packing and Curvature      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a three-part unit from Illuminations, students investigate the curvature of circles. Students apply definitions and theorems regarding curvature to solve circle problems. In addition, there are links to an online activity sheet and other related resources.
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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Soda Cans      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a three-part unit from Illuminations, students investigate various designs for packaging soda cans and use geometry to analyze their designs. Students work to create more efficient arrangements that require less packaging material than the traditional rectangular arrays. In addition, there are links to online activity sheets and other related resources.
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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Scaling Away      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students measure the dimensions of a common object, multiply each dimension by a scale factor, and examine a model using the multiplied dimensions. Students then compare the surface area and volume of the original object with those of the enlarged model.
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Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: Mathematics and Children's Literature      Add Bookmark
Description: In this five-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on connections between mathematics and children s literature. Five pieces of literature are applied to teaching a wide range of topics in the mathematics curriculum, from sorting and classifying to the meaning of averages.
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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Surface Area      Add Bookmark
Description: This reproducible transparency, from an Illuminations lesson, features equations for finding the ratios for computing the surface area of cylinders and rectangular prisms.
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