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
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
In this unit, students learn the Law of
Sines and the Law of Cosines and determine when each can be used to find
a side length or angle of a triangle.
Lesson Plan
Every 4 years, citizens of the
United States elect the person they believe should be our nation's new leader.
This unit explores the mathematics of the electoral college, the system used in
this country to determine the winner in a presidential election. The lessons
include activities in percentages, ratios, and area, with a focus throughout on
building problem-solving and reasoning skills. They are designed to be used
individually to fit within your curriculum at the time of an election. However,
time permitting, they can be used as a unit to give students a strong
understanding of how small variations can mean one person becomes president and
another does not. Additionally, the lesson extensions include many ideas for
interdisciplinary activities and some possible school-wide activities.
Lesson Plan
In this unit, students make groups of 10 to
20 objects, connect number names to the groups, compose and decompose
numbers, and use numerals to record the size of a group. Visual,
auditory, and kinesthetic activities are included in each lesson. This
unit is most appropriate for students typically in the first grade.
Math Content
Students will:
- Understand the concept of number.
- Build relationships between numbers.
- Become familiar with equality.
- Begin writing numerals.
Lesson Plan
Determine the volume of a box by filling it with
cubes, rows of cubes, or layers of cubes. Determine the surface area as
well by using the box's net.
Web Interactive
Grades: 3rd to 5th
Measurement & Data
Geometric measurement: understand concepts of volume and relate volume to multiplication and to addition.
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Diana Flores, who has a self-contained classroom, teaches highly and
profoundly gifted students in Phoenix, AZ. Flores says math "rotations"
is a "big-kid way to say centers." One of these math stations hosts computers, which students use frequently to visit Calculation Nation^{TM}
.
Success Story
The 23-year teacher modifies games to meet the different
learning needs in her classroom. See how she modified Deep Sea
Duel.
Success Story
Count, add, and subtract by grouping cows.
Web Interactive
Grades: Pre K to 2nd, PreK to 2nd
Number & Operations
Algebraic Thinking
Counting & Cardinality
Understand place value.
Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract.
Add and subtract within 20.
Understand and apply properties of operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction.
Understand addition as putting together and adding to, and understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from.
Count to tell the number of objects.
Know number names and the count sequence.
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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
Create customized activity sheets for your classroom.
Web Interactive
Grades: High School, 6th to 8th, 3rd to 5th, PreK to 2nd, 9th to 12th, Pre K to 2nd
Functions
Geometry
The Number System
Num & Ops Fractions
Measurement & Data
Linear, Quadratic, and Exponential Models
Use functions to model relationships between quantities.
Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area, and volume.
Apply and extend previous understandings of numbers to the system of rational numbers.
Graph points on the coordinate plane to solve real-world and mathematical problems.
Develop understanding of fractions as numbers.
Relate addition and subtraction to length.
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, 2.MD.B.6, 3.NF.A.2a, 3.NF.A.2b, 5.G.A.1, 6.NS.C.6c, 6.NS.C.7a, 6.G.A.4, 8.F.B.5, HSF-LE.A.1b
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
Chelsea Cutting from Mount Gambier, South Australia, tells us about the
real-world connections her students are able to make after using
Illumination resources.
Success Story
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
Learn how to count, collect, exchange, and make change for coins. An optional array representation will help you count as you learn the value of each coin.
Web Interactive
Grades: 3rd to 5th, PreK to 2nd
Matthew Jaques, ninth and tenth grade teacher for Cathedral High
School in Springfield, Massachusetts, discovered Illuminations by way of
Bright Ideas and has been using, modifying and creating his
own lessons ever since.
Success Story
In this unit, students practice
measurement by measuring themselves. Students use nonstandard units to practice
measuring their heights and arm spans. Then, they create a "body map"
and use directional and positional words.
Lesson Plan
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 interactive Paper Pool game provides an opportunity for students to
develop their understanding of ratio, proportion, greatest common factor
and least common multiple.
In this investigation, students are asked to play a game called Paper
Pool. The game is played on rectangular grids made of congruent
squares.
The Paper Pool unit was adapted with
permission and guidance from the Connected Mathematics Project.
Math Content
Students will:
- Develop their understanding of ratios, proportions, and equivalent fractions.
- Find the greatest common factor and the least common multiple.
- Investigate similar figures.
- Gather and organize data.
- Search for patterns.
Lesson Plan
Grades: 6th to 8th, 3rd to 5th
Stats & Probability
Algebraic Thinking
Summarize and describe distributions.
Generate and analyze patterns.
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