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Elementary schoolers discover how engineers use solar energy to heat buildings. They take a close look at some of the materials used: sand, salt, water, and shredded paper and evaluate the efficiency of each material. An incredible lesson that has learners divide up into groups. Each group is assigned one of the materials, and they perform experiments to determine the solar index of each. Terrific worksheets and websites are embedded in the plan to support the teaching and learning. A top-notch science lesson plan!
Help your primary learners develop an understanding of the concept of one more and one less using two sets of number cards. The first set of cards, all in one color, is the "one less" deck. The second set, again all in one specific color, is the "one more" deck. After a demonstration of the game, working in trios or pairs, learners play the game trying to win pairs. The player with the most pairs wins. A fun math center or a game for young learners to sign out and play with a sibling or parent at home.
Here is a terrific lesson plan on the symbols associated with mathematical computation. These symbols seem "old hat" to older learners, but for young learners, these symbols are new and mysterious. They must be thoroughly understood for a child to progress in math. The lesson plan provides lots of practice for youngsters to work through math problems using these symbols. The focus is on division; the toughest of the four basic operations to master.
Through scientific inquiry, middle schoolers discover how to arrange solar cells in order to produce electricity. This activity is intended to prepare learners to be able to design and construct solar cars. As with other resources produced by School Power Naturally, this one provides extensive teacher information and a well-written laboratory worksheet.
A great resource gets kids to start thinking about multiplication in a developmental way while building strong number sense and operational skills. Each slide contains scattered counters, which are then put into neat rows (making arrays), learners then write all the ways they can make that number, including multiplication and repeated addition. They complete three problems as a class and 5 on their own.
Middle schoolers examine a variety of information for New York State including insolation data, and economic or political data, thus incorporating both science and social studies. Encouraging learners to become concerned citizens as they enter the adult world, they get to consider whether or not increasing the amount of surface area devoted to photovoltaic system is a wise investment.
Fifth and sixth graders explore prime numbers. They work with a partner to build rectangular arrays using twelve tiles. Factor pairs are noted and recorded on graph paper. Pupils construct rectangular arrays with a prime number and conclude that there is only one possible factor pair.
Examine how addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division relate to and are separate from each other. As they listen to the book, The Doorbell Rang, they demonstrate the math described in the story by cutting up paper cookies and write a short story incorporating three division problems. Cookie pattern is included in a link.
Sixth and seventh graders explore algebra word problems. They work with a partner to solve word problems distributed by e-mail. Learners simplify mathematical expressions following a "think aloud" algebra strategy modeled by the teacher. Many examples/worksheets are provided.
Each of these number sentences has a corresponding set of blocks, which will no doubt help your visual learners grasp multiple-addend addition. Learners examine the sentences and match them to their block representation. Consider also having them do this with math manipulatives, creating different designs and writing equations to match. All of these addends are single-digit, and there are five problems.
Explore two-digit multiplication with your class as they work in groups to build models of two-digit multiplication using base 10 manipulatives. They construct rectangles replacing standard numbers with equivalent place values using the blocks, and then relate their rectangles to the traditional written multiplication algorithm.
Knowing your times tables in one thing understanding them is another. The class demonstrates their understanding of multiplication by skip counting, arrays, and moving manipulatives for the 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4 times tables. They watch a PowerPoint presentation, watch a teacher demonstration, construct a visual image for math facts, and fill in a multiplication chart. A quiz, the PowerPoint, and a rubric are included.
Get some competition going in your life science class. Give lab groups a variety of plant parts, all of them fruits, except one. Their mission is to make observations, compare and contrast, in order to be the first to identify the oddball. Through this exercise young biologists are exposed to homologous and analogous structures. The lesson plan is very detailed, including teacher and student instructions, a follow-up, and extension ideas.