Differentiating Lesson Plans (Student Interests (Student 1: Classroom…
Differentiating Lesson Plans
Learning Objective: Students will be able to use estimation and mental math to assess the reasonableness of an answer
Student 1: Classroom Games
Teaching Strategy: Play estimation BINGO as a class game where students are given problem sets and they block out the closest estimation number on their number card.
Teaching Strategy: Have students create a game where players have to estimate various numbers in real world scenarios and then play the games in class.
Teaching Strategy: Create a "store" in the classroom where students are given cards with different prices and que cards. They are also given a set of money. They must come up with a reasonable estimation of the products they are buying and reason with the cashier (the teacher) on how they came up with that answer.
Student 2: Artist
Teaching Strategy: Have students create classroom visuals that represent the basic estimations that we use in everyday life that will be posted up around the classroom for reference.
Teaching Strategy: Create an infographic that explains how we can assess the reasonableness of an answer using estimation.
21st Technology: Students use Piktochart to create the infographic
Level of Readiness
Student 1: Basic Understanding
Teaching Strategy: Keep the problems simple. Practice the basics of understanding how the numbers work before moving on.
Teaching Strategy: Have a worksheet where all the day do assess if an answer seems reasonable given the math problem. Ex. 130% of 5 is 3 and the student would have to say why.
Student 2: Excels in Math
Teaching Strategy: Focus on word problems and having students pull out of the correct information from the problem they've read.
Teaching Strategy: Give them problems that involve multiple steps so they need to estimate more than 1 number at a time
Student 1: Visual Learner
Teaching Strategy: Give students a chart that represents common fractions and decimals that they can use when doing homework and in class exercises
Teaching Strategy: Provide a video from Khan Academy that helps cement the idea of estimation and assessing the reasonableness of answers.
Student 2: Kinesthetic Learner
Teaching Strategy: When estimating percents, have blocks that represent a whole part that they can break up into the different percentages that they are using so they can see what "30%" or any percent can look like as a part of a whole.
Teaching Strategy: Have a worksheet where they can fill in the estimation with problems using money. Using play money, they can act out of problem or transaction and figure out a close estimate to answer the given problems
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