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K–12 teaching and learning · from the UNC School of Education

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We’re in the process of aligning our content for students to the Standard Course of Study. As we do, you’ll find it here.

General resources

Aligned lesson plans

A math story!
This lesson plan is designed to use a basic third grade math fact as a prompt to write and illustrate a math story. A hands on math activity using math manipulatives will serve as the focus and review for this lesson. A writing activity will serve as a conclusion as well as an assessment for understanding.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Mathematics)
By Sherrill Haltigan.
Fun with division
Students will learn division concepts through the use of The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins and a poem entitled "Dividing up Bugs." Students will be involved in hands on activities in order to gain an understanding of division. This lesson plan integrates communication skills, math, and technology.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 English Language Arts and Mathematics)
By Grace Blythe.

Resources on the web

Two runners
In this lesson, one of a two-part unit from Illuminations titled “Understanding Distance, Speed, and Time Relationships Using Simulation Software,” students physically demonstrate two scenarios involving rate of change, and then use software... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Mathematics)
Provided by: Illuminations
Telling racing stories
In this lesson, students model races in which runners start from various positions. They enter numbers in a table of values, model races on a coordinate grid, and compare the results. Students begin to develop an understanding of linear relationships. Illuminations... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Mathematics)
Provided by: Illuminations
Super Bowl scores
This activity focuses on analyzing the scores for football games. Students study combinations of numbers to produce possible scores for football games. Illuminations provides an activity sheet and detailed instructions for completing the lesson. Students... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Mathematics)
Provided by: Illuminations
Single runner
In this activity, students use a software simulation of one runner along a track. They control the speed and starting point of the runner, watch the race, examine a graph, and analyze the time-versus-distance relationship. This activity helps students understand,... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Mathematics)
Provided by: Illuminations
Setting the pace
Students continue their investigation of modeling multiplication on the number line using the Distance, Speed, and Time Simulation from NCTM. Illuminations provides activity sheets, a link to the simulation, and detailed instructions for completing the... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Mathematics)
Provided by: Illuminations
Running races
Students generate and compare paths which model given problem situations on graphing grids. Illuminations provides a class notes recording sheets, activity sheets, a fact mastery record, and detailed instructions for completing the lesson. Students... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Mathematics)
Provided by: Illuminations
Number line journeys
In this lesson, students generate products using a number line model. Students are encouraged to predict the products and to answer puzzles involving multiplication. Illuminations provides helpful handouts, a fact mastery record, and detailed instructions... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Mathematics)
Provided by: Illuminations
Multiplication stories
In this lesson, students create multiplication stories where one factor is 6 or 7, play a multiplication game, and then record their current level of mastery of the multiplication facts. Illuminations provides handouts and specific instructions for completing... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Mathematics)
Provided by: Illuminations
More patterns with products
After using an interactive Web site to find patterns in the multiplication tables, the students practice multiplication facts and record their current level of mastery of the multiplication facts on their personal multiplication chart. Illuminations provides... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Mathematics)
Provided by: Illuminations
Modeling multiplication with streets and avenues
This lesson encourages students to explore the array model of multiplication, a model that lays an important foundation for the later study of area. The lesson focuses on the factors 4 and 6. Students will also explore products with 0 or 1 as a factors. First... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Mathematics)
Provided by: Illuminations
Modeling multiplication with rows and columns
This lesson, the fourth of an eight-part unit from Illuminations titled “Multiplying Meanings,” encourages students to explore the array model of multiplication. Students make arrays with counters and then create a second concrete example of... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Mathematics)
Provided by: Illuminations
Making your own product game
Students work in pairs to create their own game boards and learn by experimenting and making mistakes about what factors and products to include in a game. After reviewing strategies for playing the game, students create their own game boards and practice... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 and 6–7 Mathematics)
Provided by: Illuminations
Looking for patterns
Students skip count and examine multiplication patterns, while exploring commutativity in this lesson. Illuminations provides charts, a handout, and songs for skip counting multiplication tables. By asking students a series of guiding questions, the teacher... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Mathematics)
Provided by: Illuminations
Looking for calculator patterns
Students use a web-based calculator to create and compare counting patterns using the constant function feature of the calculator. Making connections between multiple representations of counting patterns reinforces students understanding of this important... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Mathematics)
Provided by: Illuminations
Keeping it all together
By playing card games and using the The Product Game applet, students practice the multiplication facts. As students continue to master their facts, the teacher closely monitors their progress. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Mathematics)
Provided by: Illuminations
Hopping on the number line
In this lesson, students generate products using the number line model, which highlights the measurement aspect of multiplication and is a distinctly different representation of the operation. After demonstrating how to use a number line, the teacher challenges... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Mathematics)
Provided by: Illuminations
The first race
Using the E-Example simulation, students will model multiplication facts on the number line and compare various representations. Illuminations provides all activity sheets necessary for completing the lesson. Using an online simulation program, students... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Mathematics)
Provided by: Illuminations
Finding products
Students continue to examine the role of commutativity and the multiplicative identity, play a multiplication game, and explore products where one of the factors is 6. Using resources provided by Illuminations, students practice their multiplication tables... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Mathematics)
Provided by: Illuminations