Prior to beginning the lesson: (1) Photocopy the Problem of the Day
onto transparency paper for the overhead projector; (2) Photocopy the Pre-Writing Graphic Organizer
onto transparency paper for the overhead projector; (3) Photocopy Pre-Writing Graphic Organizer
(1 per student). Group Size:
Whole class Learning Objectives:
Students will be able to: Materials: Problem of the Day
, Pre-Writing Graphic Organizer
, overhead projector Procedures:
Lesson Introduction: Display Problem of the Day
on the overhead projector. Ask students: What strategy should we use to solve this problem?
Guide them towards drawing a picture. Solve the problem together as a class. Students can copy problem and solution into math notebooks.
Tell students: Today you are going to write stories. Each of your stories will have fractions in them. Does anybody have any ideas for a story with fractions? Call on students who volunteer ideas.
Tell students: Before we begin writing, let’s remember the writing process. Review Pre-Writing, Editing, and Final Copy with the students.
Tell students: Today we will begin with pre-writing. We are going to get our ideas down on paper. I will show you my story first. Display Pre-Writing Graphic Organizer on the overhead projector.
Do an example of pre-writing with the class, asking for students’ ideas and input.
Tell students: Now you will each to get to do your own pre-writing. Remember, your story should be different from my story. You need to come up with your own ideas for a fraction story.
Distribute Pre-Writing Graphic Organizer to students and give them time fill in the blanks.
When students are finished working, collect papers for use the next day.
Modifications: For students with special needs, allow for extra time and help with spelling and grammar as necessary. Assessment:
Teacher should monitor student work to ensure all students understand the concept. Benchmark or Standards:
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Process Standard:
Communicate their mathematical thinking coherently and clearly to peers, teachers, and others.
Recognize and apply mathematics in contexts outside of mathematics.