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when using the activities and discussions developed for
Project Interactivate. Each lesson gives prerequisites, preparation
instructions, a suggested outline, and alternate outlines.
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The lessons are arranged according to the
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ELEMENTARY GRADES 3-5.
Number and Operation
||Students practice arithmetic skills. Can be tailored for practice of all types of single operation arithmetic ranging from simple addition to operations with integers and decimals.
||Introduces students to fractions and explores basic mathematical operations with fractions,
comparing fractions, and converting fractions into decimals or percents.
||The following discussions and activities are designed to give students practice in comparing fractions. The activities provide ample practice opportunities to reinforce the information from the discussions.
|Multiplying Decimals and Mixed
||Reinforces skills associated with multiplying decimals and mixed
|Patterns In Fractals
||Introduces students to the idea of finding number patterns in the
generation of several different types of fractals.
|Patterns In Pascal's Triangle
||Shows students that number patterns exist in the Pascal's Triangle, and
reinforces student's ability to identify patterns.
|Sets and Venn Diagrams
||Introduces students to the notions of sets, elements, and Venn
||Venn Diagram Shape Sorter||Allows students to sort different shapes into Venn diagrams.
|An Introduction to
||Introduces students to arithmetic and geometric sequences.
Students explore further through producing sequences by varying the
starting number, multiplier, and add-on.
|Clock Arithmetic and Cryptography
||Introduces students to modular (clock) arithmetic and how modular arithmetic can be
used to encode messages using simple shift, multiple and affine ciphers.
||Introduces students to making estimations.
Geometry and Measurement Concepts
||Introduces students to the concept of perimeter.
||Introduces students to the concept of area.
|Length, Perimeter and Area
||Introduces students to length, perimeter and area.
|Lines, Rays, Line Segments, and Planes
||Introduces students to lines, rays, line segments, and planes.
||Introduces students to acute, obtuse, and right angles as well as
relationships between angles formed by parallel lines crossed by
||Introduces students to quadrilaterals with an emphasis
on defining characteristics of parallelograms, rectangles, and trapezoids.
|Surface Area and Volume
||Introduces students to the concepts of surface area and volume.
||Students learn how the Pythagorean Theorem works and how to apply it.
||Introduces students to concepts of transformations.
|Geometry in Tessellations
||Explores lines, planes, angles, and polygons in tessellations.
|Symmetry in Tessellations
||Examines plane symmetry.
|Visual Patterns in Tessellations
||Explores the mathematical nature of art and tilings and looks at the role of
math in nature and our culture.
|Introduction to Fractals: Infinity, Self-Similarity
||Introduces students to the ideas involved in understanding fractals.
||Outlines the approach to building fractals by cutting out portions of plane figures.
|Fractals and the Chaos Game
||Outlines the approach to playing the chaos game and how it relates to geometric fractals.
|Properties of Fractals
||A capstone lesson to allow students to build a working definition of fractal.
||Students learn about the concepts and applications of chaos.
||Looks at how Pascal's Triangle can be used to generate Sierpinski triangle-like results.
||Looks at how irregular fractals can be generated and how they fit into
|The Mandelbrot Set
||Introduces all of the 2 variable function and prisoner/escapee notions necessary to
understand the Mandelbrot set.