Reflection: Lesson Planning Comparing Temperatures a Science and Math Exploration Part I - Section 2: Teaching the Lesson


This science/math lesson generated a great deal of excitement. Students all wanted to share the temperature readings they got for the ice, their hands and the water. They also eagerly turned to read the classroom clock as we recorded our observations in 5 minute intervals. Students worked to read the thermometers to get an accurate temperature reading.

This lesson will take 2 days to do because students spent part of the time creating their ice insulators and watching the ice melt, but that does not worry me. They were excited about the lesson, and when we do Part II with the math comparison problems, the problems will have that much more meaning for the students. In part one they read thermometers, reviewed telling time to the 5 minute interval, and compared readings with one another to see if they made sense.

It was a lesson worth spending the time on.

  Generating Excitement
  Lesson Planning: Generating Excitement
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Comparing Temperatures a Science and Math Exploration Part I

Unit 17: Getting Better at Addition and Subtraction
Lesson 5 of 12

Objective: SWBAT compare the temperatures of ice, ice water, and warm water and create math equations to share.

Big Idea: Common Core Standards stress the importance of real life applications of math. Using temperature is one way to show how math is really used.

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