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* *Reflection: Transitions
Introduction to Protractors - Section 3: Closer

There is clearly not enough time in the day to fully teach everything that I want! Adding to the problem are the many transitional times throughout the day. Transitions are a difficult time for an elementary educator because we have them all day long. With that in mind I try to utilize every moment of the day as learning time. In this lesson, as my class was logging off their computers, I could have just patiently waited for everyone to get into line but instead I saw that as time for learning. Even though there was a little bit of noise in the room as students were moving around they were all still able to hear me and were able to respond. It is vital to utilize the time as much as possible with the students.

*Time to Move*

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# Introduction to Protractors

Lesson 5 of 22

## Objective: Students will be able to familiarize themselves with protractors.

#### Opener

*20 min*

I think it is quite important to develop 21st century learners by using devices that will be a part of their work and academic lives, such as computers. I also like to use technology because I find that it increases my students' engagement.

For this lesson I open with the use of an interactive website. I like using interactive websites because they also are available for students to learn and work at their own pace. Students can return to the website at anytime to refresh their memory, check their work, and review their learning.

By fifth grade students should have some familiarity with protractors, but this lesson is designed for both new users and as a review. I'm using the website mathisfun.com. About half way down the geometry web page is a section titled *Using Drafting Tools*. Within this section is the link to *Using the Protractor*. On this page there are two introductory sections (*Protractors are Fun and Easy to Use* and *Measuring*) as well as a student practice section.

I review the two introductory sections with the students by showing the animations combined with student discussion (e.g., what did you notice), and reading the sections together. For the practice section, students work individually but are allowed confer with their neighbors.

If a computer lab is available it would be the best option for this lesson. If a lab is unavailable, you can use this website as a group activity as well; displayed on a projection screen.

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#### Practice

*20 min*

Since the students are already in the computer lab or they have laptops out, we might as well extend their learning by another interactive website using their protractor knowledge. I found a great math game website that actually practices math concepts. This game can also be done as a class on the projector.

A lot of times with math game websites, the link to a math concept is blurred by the designers trying to make the game as fun as possible. With mathplayground.com I feel the designers of these games really thought about the concepts and created worth-while games to deepen the students understanding. This website is a little tricky though. There are several links to different websites on the main page. From the main page, you will just need to click on math games. This will bring you to the actual games associated with mathplayground.com.

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#### Closer

*5 min*

As the students are logging off their computers and they are getting in line, I ask them to give me one thing they learned during their math time today. I have each student give me a quick response and then they are able to line up. I find that the students need to verbalize their learning as much as possible. I think it helps them solidify the concept in their minds and make a connection to their learning.

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- LESSON 1: Acute, Obtuse, and Right Angles
- LESSON 2: Around the Room
- LESSON 3: Pattern Blocks Exploration
- LESSON 4: Greedy Triangle
- LESSON 5: Introduction to Protractors
- LESSON 6: Using the Protractor
- LESSON 7: Triangle Types
- LESSON 8: Types of Polygons
- LESSON 9: Classifying Polygons
- LESSON 10: Practice with Polygons
- LESSON 11: Irregular VS Regular Polygons
- LESSON 12: Coordinate Grid Introduction
- LESSON 13: Coordinate Grid Practice
- LESSON 14: Coordinate Grid Task: Jumbo Grid
- LESSON 15: Coordinate Grid Task: Battleship
- LESSON 16: Graphing: Making a Table
- LESSON 17: Graphing: Plotting Data
- LESSON 18: Graphing: Task
- LESSON 19: Graphing: Input VS Output
- LESSON 20: Geometry Review: Creating a Stations Review
- LESSON 21: Geometry Reveiw: The Stations
- LESSON 22: Assessment