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This site, developed by two university instructors, offers 37 lesson plans for hands-on learning activities for grades K-8 to reinforce or introduce concepts. Lessons cover a multitude of topics. Several involve constructing containers; these require students to look at the connection between dimensions and volume. For example, the lesson on Capacity has students make several boxes of different dimensions and calculate the capacity of each box. The boxes are then used to measure dry rice. Other lessons look at perimeter and area, geometric constructions, addition, knots, counting, and percents. One lesson has the students weigh a peeled banana and the peel to determine the percentage of the edible part. Then, based on the cost per pound of the total banana, the cost of the peel is determined. Another lesson has the students make several sizes of squares, and draw a diagonal in each. The students then measure the sides and the diagonal. By looking at the ratio of the length of the diagonal to the length of the side of a square, an approximation of the square root of two is determined. This resource is appropriate for all users, particularly for girls, because it uses inclusive images of girls or women, involves teamwork and communication skills, and involves hands-on activities that produce a tangible result. Copyright 2005 EDC
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