Jan Gebert is an Illuminations lesson plan reviewer and instructor of
professional and secondary education at East Stroudsburg University. So
she definitely knows a thing or two about quality lessons. Illuminations
asked her for her favorite out of our 600+ lessons.
Success Story
Deeanna Golden, a teacher of 24 years at F.M. Golson Elementary
School in Marianna, Florida, is a beloved Illuminations lesson plan
writer. So we asked her, "Why do you think it is important to share resources?"
Success Story
Manipulate various geometric solids and investigate their properties.
Web Interactive
Grades: High School, 6th to 8th, 3rd to 5th, PreK to 2nd, Pre K to 2nd
Geometry
Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area, and volume.
Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes.
Identify and describe shapes (squares, circles, triangles, rectangles, hexagons, cubes, cones, cylinders, and spheres).
K.G.A.2, K.G.B.4, 6.G.A.4
In this unit, students collect data
using objects, pictures, and symbols. They organize data by sorting and
classifying in different ways. Students display data using multiple
representations.
Lesson Plan
In this unit, students become real
business owners!
- In the first lesson, students collaborate to develop an
enticing product and are given $1000 which they must budget to cover the
cost of real estate, advertising, and stocking their stores.
- In the second lesson, students participate in
"Selling Day!" and try to make a profit from their debit card
wielding classmates who are looking for the best deals.
Students' number sense and problem
solving strategies are refined as groups compete for the title "Money
Makers!"
Lesson Plan
Divide numbers into two factors, and build arrays to represent each factorization.
Web Interactive
Grades: 3rd to 5th, 6th to 8th
Measurement & Data
Num & Ops Base Ten
Algebraic Thinking
Geometric measurement: understand concepts of area and relate area to multiplication and to addition.
Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.
Gain familiarity with factors and multiples.
4.OA.B.4, 4.NBT.B.5, 3.MD.C.7b
Draw, color, paste, slice, rotate, reflect, expand, and contract various shapes.
Grades: 6th to 8th, 3rd to 5th, PreK to 2nd, Pre K to 2nd
Geometry
Draw construct, and describe geometrical figures and describe the relationships between them.
Reason with shapes and their attributes.
Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes.
K.G.B.4, K.G.B.5, K.G.B.6, 1.G.A.1, 1.G.A.2, 2.G.A.1, 7.G.A.2
Anthony
incorporates Illuminations lessons into her curriculum, but she also
expands, tweaks and creates new materials to ensure these lessons are
meeting the needs of her students.
Success Story
In this unit, students will use
geoboards to visualize the geometric meanings of square and square root.
Math
Content
Students will:
- Connect the square of a number to the area of a square
whose side length is given.
- Understand that the square root of a number can be
represented as the side length of a square whose area is given.
- be introduced to irrational numbers as the side lengths
of non-traditional squares. Make connections between geometry, measurement
and number sense through the use of manipulatives.
Lesson Plan
Create patterns to cover the screen using regular polygons.
Grades: 6th to 8th, 3rd to 5th
Explore the amplitude, period, and phase shift by
examining the graphs of various trigonometric functions.
Grades: 9th to 12th, High School
Functions
Trigonometric Functions
Interpreting Functions
HSF-IF.C.7e, HSF-TF.B.5
Each geometric investigation in this
unit begins with an open-ended question that engages students in a study of
triangles and their properties. This lesson was adapted from "IDEAS"
by Marea W. Channel, which appeared in the November, 1993 Arithmetic Teacher
(Teaching Children Mathematics), Vol. 41, No. 3.
Lesson Plan
Plot a set of data and determine a line of best fit.
Web Interactive
Grades: High School, 6th to 8th, 9th to 12th
Stats & Probability
Interpreting Categorical and Quantitative Data
Investigate patterns of association in bivariate data.
8.SP.A.1, 8.SP.A.2, 8.SP.A.3, HSS-ID.B.6a, HSS-ID.B.6b, HSS-ID.B.6c, HSS-ID.C.7, HSS-ID.C.8
Many students may have seen Pick’s
Theorem in middle school. In this set of lessons, students rediscover the
theorem, use algebra to determine the coefficients of the equation, and explore
the concept of change as a mechanism for finding the coefficients of Pick’s
Theorem. Math
Content
Students will:
- Solve systems of equations.
- Find rates of change.
Although no single lesson in this
unit addresses connections and representation by itself, the entire unit
focuses on the Connections and Representation Standards by allowing students to
make connections among mathematical ideas and asking students to use various
representations to organize their work.
Lesson Plan
The concepts of greater than, less than, and equal to
are explored in this 2-lesson unit. Students create piles of food on
two islands, and their fish always swims toward the island with more
food. The fish's mouth is open to represent the greater than and less
than symbols. Students transition from the concrete representation of
using piles of food and the fish to writing inequalities with numerals
and symbols.
Lesson Plan
Explore relationships among the weights of various objects by placing them on either side of a balance.
Web Interactive
Grades: 3rd to 5th, 6th to 8th
Expression/Equation
Apply and extend previous understandings of arithmetic to algebraic expressions.
6.EE.A.3
These investigations use movement to
reinforce the concepts of linear functions and systems of equations. Multiple
representations are used throughout, along with tools such as motion detectors
and remote-controlled cars. Students explore how position, speed, and varying
motion are reflected in graphs, tables, and algebraic equations.
Lesson Plan
It has often been said that love happens when you least expect it, and
now the same can be said for finding math resources. Victoria Miles, 7th
grade math teacher at Abigail Adams Middle School, came upon
Illuminations after a Google search directed her to the site.
Success Story
Imagine having your whole year planned out before stepping foot in your
classroom. Cindy Stofferahn, third grade teacher at Sturgis Elementary
School in South Dakota, already knows what she is teaching today,
tomorrow and for the rest of the year.
Success Story
Practice counting large numbers by grouping herds of cows into tens and leftover ones.
Lesson Plan
Grades: Pre K to 2nd
Number & Operations
Counting & Cardinality
Understand place value.
Know number names and the count sequence.
K.CC.A.1, 1.NBT.B.2a, 1.NBT.B.2b, 1.NBT.B.2c, 2.NBT.A.1a, 2.NBT.A.2