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MathStar Research Lesson Template
Comments:
Harrisons student population is 594. 85% Hispanic, 12% Anglo, 3% Asian, African
American, Native American, Free and
Reduced Lunch is 93%.
I. Description of Unit:
This lesson will be an intro to building formulas. Students will continue
the natural process by learning how to substitute
variables , work with concrete verse abstract concepts, and continue algebraic
concepts .
A. How does this lesson fit into the unit?
▪ Previously learned concepts
Students will need to know basic operations including addition, subtraction,
multiplication, and division as well
as reading, writing, and sequence of events. They will need to have some
experience with Order of Operations ,
Distributive Property , grouping, simplifying , solving for unknowns, multiplying
decimals, formulas, and
variables .
▪ Concepts to be learned in this lesson
Order of operations, combining like terms, and discovering multiple ways to
solve problems are just a few of
the concepts students will be learning in this lesson. Eighth grade is the grade
level that we need our students to
begin developing their algebraic thinking .
▪ Concepts to be used in future lessons
For future lessons and extensions, students will formalize the distributive
property, arrive at formulas on their
own, reinforce the order of operations , and continue to work with combining like
terns .
B. Instructional sequence for unit
This unit is being introduced the 4^th week of the last 9 weeks. The lesson
is a continuum of the algebraic process and will be a
springboard for formalizing the distributive property . Students will derive at
formulas while working with variables and formulas.
II. Plan of the research lesson
A. Goals of the research lesson:
The goals for this lesson are for students to multiply decimals, combine
like terms, correctly label units, substitution with
variables, and solve equations .
B. How does the lesson fit into the overarching lesson
study goal?
The lesson will fit into the overarching goal by helping them make the leap
from concrete to abstract thinking because
they are working with things they are familiar with. Hopefully, the lesson will
lead students toward mastery of solving
variables. We want the students to see why variables are important with real
world application. Students will combine
like terms and all these things should help to make our students better prepared
for high school.
C. Steps of the research lesson: (See attached table)
D. Things to prepare /materials:
The things that require preparation are:
• Permission slips for filming
• Transparencies and visav pens
• Handouts
• Copies of the student handout
• Large paper to display student findings
• Markers
• Overhead menu
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