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.
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?"
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 NationTM
The 23-year teacher modifies games to meet the different
learning needs in her classroom. See how she modified Deep Sea
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.
Santiago works as a youth counselor for York County in Pennsylvania.
Committed to helping residents prepare for successful futures, he came
to Illuminations seeking out resources for motivation and remediation of
Wendy Cleaves is a Mathematics Coordinator at the Regional Science
Resource Center at UMass Medical School in Shrewsbury, MA. At the
center, Cleaves supports pre-K-12 STEM educators by providing a
professional development institute entitled, "Increasing Accessibility
to Algebra & Geometry for ALL Students."
Much like athletes must warm up their muscles before heading into a
game, students often warm up with engaging classroom activities or
problems of the day before diving into the daily math lesson. Wan Chow
of Bishop Strachtan School in Toronto finds the perfect warm-up in
Pamela Olmstead has
been a middle school math and science teacher for 15 years at Chehalis
School (Chehalis, WA). One lesson that she has referred to all year long
is Balancing Shapes, which uses the online applet Pan Balance—Shapes.
Chelsea Cutting from Mount Gambier, South Australia, tells us about the
real-world connections her students are able to make after using
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.
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.
Losing weight is a popular New Year’s resolution. Some people turn to
exercise to help them achieve this goal, but one teacher wonders if
it’s possible to keep this resolution while following a diet of fast
Teachers are not the only ones who encourage students to play
Calculation Nation--parents do too! Dana Slevin, and her middle school
daughters play Calculation Nation at home.
Jessica Woolard, a graduate of the Ontario Institute for
Studies in Education of the University of Torontoher, spent part of
her summer interning for NCTM before she returned to Canada to complete
her degree in education. During that time, she helped to create and edit
lessons for Illuminations.
Carol Fears teaches sixth-grade math at Landstuhl
Elementary/Middle School on a U.S. Army post in Germany. Throughout her 27
years of teaching, Illuminations has become her go-to resource for teaching new
topics or looking for new ideas.
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.
Zweirs is a single-parent of two daughters, Kylie (7) and Layla (2),
living in San Antonio, where Kylie just graduated from kindergarten.
Marie believes that parents play an integral role in the education of
their children, sharing the responsibility with teachers, to ensure that
learning occurs at home just as it does in the classroom.
Terry Johanson, learning support facilitator for Prairie Spirit School
Division, and Kirsten Dyck, physics teacher at Saskatchewan High School,
worked together to team plan and teach an Illuminations lesson.
Some doctors use body-mass index (BMI) as a health risk indicator. According to The Old Farmer's Almanac 2000, BMI can be found using the formula: BMI = [(W×705)÷H]/H, where H is height in inches and W is weight is pounds. An index greater than 27 or less than 19 indicates an increased risk for health problems. Helix is 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 110 pounds. Is his health at risk?
Grades: 9th to 12th, 6th to 8th, 3rd to 5th
Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
Apply and extend previous understandings of arithmetic to algebraic expressions.
Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems.
Solve problems involving the four operations, and identify and explain patterns in arithmetic.
Represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division.
3.OA.A.3, 3.OA.D.8, 4.OA.A.2, 4.OA.A.3, 6.EE.A.2c, CCSS.Math.Practice.MP1