Lesson Plan : Working the Word Problem

Teacher Name:
 Claire Gibbons
Grade:
 Grade 11-12
Subject:
 Math

Topic:
 Word Problems Practice computation Math Game signifying Life Skills Math - Banking
Content:
 Four mixed word problems from daily experiences decimals, money, addition, subtraction, multiplication, time problems. Review steps to solving word problems.
Goals:
 To read a problem and extract key information in order to answer a question. Solve word problems.
Objectives:
 Name the correct operation in order to solve word problems. Use a calculator to solve equations formed from word problems. Write answers to word problems on paper.
Materials:
 Camera, screen, projector, computer, internet, paper and pencil activity, online games and practice program. Calculators
Introduction:
 Students will recite the steps to solving word problems. Students will retain a copy of the rules for their math notebook as well as using the posters for future use.
Development:
 Student volunteer will read the first problem, class will brainstorm and analyze the problem to establish an equation. Additional three problems will be handled in similar fashion.
Practice:
 After finishing four word problems, students will practice combinations with student conducting computer flashcard program. After flashcards, students will play math game called Math at the Mall. Location: http://www.mathplayground.com//indexhtml
Accommodations:
 Projected image, paper and pencil activity, teacher and assistant available for extra questions, projected image enlarged, prompts, games, interactive activities.
Checking For Understanding:
 Review of each problem. Reminder of steps to solving word problems, repetition.
Closure:
 Extra time on computer game in order to win "prize". Collect paper exercises and commend students.
Evaluation:
 Rubrics and self assessment.
Teacher Reflections:
 Students reacted favorably to the word problems; they seemed eager to read and solve each one. There was some confusion about the rounding; whether it was before five or after. The class worked well together and the reading was terrific. Dan did an excellent job conducting the computer program while I sat with a couple of students to make sure they were using their calculators.

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