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Pictographs at Canyon De Chelly National Monument
Pictographs at Canyon De Chelly National Monument
These pictographs of people were drawn by ancient Anasazi Indians. The figures are drawn with white, brown, and yellow pigments. Some of the figures have horns.
Format: image/photograph
M&M math
M&M Math provides students with hands-on activities. Students will be sorting objects, comparing whole numbers, writing fractions, performing addition, subtraction, and division problems with the use of manipulatives.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Mathematics)
By Angela Gillie.
An integrated lesson comparing the butterfly and frog life cycles
Students will build on their prior knowledge about the butterfly life cycle to compare and contrast the life cycles of butterflies and frogs. Students will locate butterflies on the school grounds and create pictographs and models of fractions to explain their findings mathematically. Students will also use a variety of resources to read about and study the food, space and air needed by butterflies and frogs to grow. They will create visual and written products to demonstrate their findings.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Mathematics and Science)
By Martha Dobson and Margaret Monds.
The Cherokee language and syllabary
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 10.2
In the early nineteenth century, a Cherokee silversmith named Sequoyah invented a syllabary, or syllabic alphabet, for the Cherokee language. Within a few years, books and newspapers were printed in Cherokee, and by 1830, as many as 90 percent of Cherokee were literate in their own language. This article includes audio recordings of spoken Cherokee.
Format: article
Algebra for the real world
Students will solve real world and mathematical problem situations using simple algebraic concepts including variables and open sentences.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 Mathematics)
First Americans of North Carolina and the United States
This lesson will use shared reading, center time, hands-on projects, and journal writing to help learners discover facts about first Americans, particularly those in the region that is today North Carolina, while at the same time developing their English language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Development and Social Studies)
By Adriane Moser.
Biomagnification and bald eagles
In this activity, students will study biomagnification by using paper cutouts to represent food containing chemicals eaten by fish. The students will then repeat this activity but as an eagle collecting fish. The amount of chemicals taken in by each eagle will then be compared to amounts taken in by each fish.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Science)
By Elizabeth Caveny, Janet Carson, Heather Subleski, and Jeannie Galluzzo.
Pizza anyone?
Students survey their class and analyze data about favorite pizza toppings. This activity is meant to be fun and engaging, with the class participating and making decisions as a whole.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Mathematics)
By Jack Hunter.

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Creating pictographs
Students create pictographs and answer questions about the data set. Illuminations provides detailed instructions for completing the lesson. Students will: Create pictographs. Answer questions about the data set from the representations.... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Mathematics)
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Name your tune
The activities in this lesson focus on studying information displayed in picture graphs that report the sales of records, tapes, and compact discs for one week at a music store. The students are asked to discuss and then describe the information and to... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–5 Mathematics)
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Exploring equal sets
This lesson, the third of an eight-part unit from Illuminations titled “Multiplying Meanings,” encourages students to explore the set model as a method for multiplication. Reading the children's book What Comes in 2's, 3's, and 4's... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Mathematics)
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The soup spot
In this lesson, students conduct a survey and create pictographs and line plots. After demonstrating how to read a bar graph, the teacher places students in small groups in order to complete the rest of the activities for the lesson. Students determine... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Mathematics)
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What's the weather?
This lesson, one of a three-part unit from Illuminations titled “Information Represented Graphically,” students analyze information represented graphically. Students discuss, describe, read, and write about the graphs and the information they... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
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Freckle face
This lesson, one of a four-part unit from Illuminations titled “Look at Me,” initiates the development of skills in collecting and recording data. Students collect data about a partner's face and tally the data from the whole class. They learn... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Mathematics)
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Can you picture it?
In this lesson, the second of an eight-part unit from Illuminations titled “Eat Your Veggies,” students collect data about favorite vegetables, record the data in a pictograph, and then interpret this representation. They also create and use... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Mathematics)
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State data
Students create graphs based on the characteristics of the names of the 50 States, and find measures of center and of spread. Illuminations provides grid paper, a link to a state data map applet, and detailed instructions for completing the lesson.... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Mathematics)
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