Participants: Mary Fortin, Carol Ensel, Peg Eaglefeather, Jocelyne LaVigne, Anita Squier
Overview/Purpose: This unit is designed to demonstrate how using technologies such as the Smartboard and interactive internet sites can enrich the math learning and understanding all levels of math learners, from advanced math students as well as students who are struggling.
By choosing one specific skill, a lesson template will be created which will allow teachers to design leveled math instruction within a specific content area skill. This format will be useable for any math skill area. Due to the abstract nature of the concept of fractions, decimals and percents, traditionally elementary age students have performed poorly on this skill concept.
As stated by the National Teachers of Mathematics in a 2006 report …”Americans fall short, especially, in the handling of fractions.” citing almost half of America’s 8th graders are not able to divide fractions when embedded in a word problem. By the end of 5th grade, this commission recommends that students be proficient with comparing fractions and decimals and common percent, and with addition and subtraction of fractions and decimals. The manipulative characteristics of Smartboard and internet technology make this skill topic ideal for this project.
Length of Instructional time: Each lesson will consist of a 45-60 minute session. There will be approximately 5 sessions per grade level in this unit. The lessons will be implemented in sequence and will build understanding of the previous lesson.
Age/grade level: The targeted level would be 4th and 5th grade regular and special education students as well as AIS students. The activities will be tiered to accommodate basic as well as more advanced learners resulting in a broader spectrum of student abilities.
NYS Standards Addressed:
-PROBLEM SOLVING STRAND (4th And 5th)
-COMMUNICATIONS STRAND (4th And 5th)
-ALGEBRA STRAND (4th And 5th)
-NUMBER SENSE-4TH GRADE
-NUMBER SENSE-5TH GRADE
-TECHNOLOGY STANDARDS (MST 5)
The students will understand…
The students will be able to…
Informal daily classroom assessment and monitoring will be ongoing. Formal assessments will include quizzes and an end of unit test as well as a hands on project in which the students will have to demonstrate the use of fractions in real life situations.