Lesson Plan : Exceptional Children Class Lesson

Teacher Name:
 Christine Grooms
Grade:
 Grade 3
Subject:
 Math

Topic:
 Identifies simple problems and possible solutions (e.g., ways to make something work better) Knowledge/skill statements
Content:
 Addition, Plus
Goals:
 Students will use their prior knowledge of The Grouchy Ladybug to help them create a mathematical story problem using the grouchy ladybug and the aphids that are to be eaten. Students will work independently to create their own story problem. Student will respond to the story problems of their classmates.
Objectives:
 Students will use their prior knowledge of The Grouchy Ladybug to help them create a mathematical story problem using the grouchy ladybug and the aphids that are to be eaten. Students will work independently to create their own story problem. Student will respond to the story problems of their classmates.
Materials:
 Story of the Grouchy Lady Bug, Red, black, and green construction paper, glue, white paper, and crayons
Introduction:
 Read The Grouchy Ladybug to the students. Even though they know and love the book, reviewing will not hurt. The idea of mathematical story problems should have already been introduced. Students will work on creating their own story problems using the grouchy ladybug and the aphids. As a class, create a story problem. One example: the grouchy ladybug saw two aphids sitting on the leaf and ate them. Still hungry, the ladybug ate two more. How many aphids did the ladybug eat in all? Students would figure out the answer, turn and talk to a neighbor, and then discuss as a class. Students would have time to share their ideas for a story problem. Given enough time to discuss and map out ideas on white paper, students would begin their independent work. Given a red oval and two green ovals, students would decorate their ladybug (adding a face and coloring in the dots) and leaf (color white lines with crayons). Students would then construct their story problems by placing the black dots on their leaves (two dots on one leaf, three on another, for example). Students would complete the activity by drawing the solution on the ladybug.
Development:
 Teacher will model an example of what she is looking for by constructing a ladybug and adding aphids. The teacher would explain give an example of her own story.
Practice:
 Decorating the red oval to make a ladybug, decorating the green ovals to make leaves, and finally adding the aphids to create a story problem.
Accommodations:
 A paraprofessionl and the teacher will float to the various students to make sure comprehension was achieved.
Checking For Understanding:
 Assess students by listening to their story problem and being sure the solution has been added correctly (and that the student can explain the solution).
Closure:
 Students share their story problems with a partner. One partner shows the two leaves with aphids, telling the story along the way, and the other partner tries to solve the problem. The student can check his/her answer by looking at the ladybug with the correct answer.
Evaluation:
 Assess students by listening to their story problem and being sure the solution has been added correctly (and that the student can explain the solution).

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