Opener: As students enter the room, they will immediately pick up and begin working on the opener – Instructional Strategy - Process for openers. This method of working and going over the opener lends itself to allow students to construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others, which is mathematical practice 3.
Learning Target: After completion of the opener, I will address the day’s learning targets to the students. In today’s lesson, the intended target is, “I can find and compare unit rates.” Students will jot the learning target down in their agendas (our version of a student planner, there is a place to write the learning target for every day).
Relay Race: To work on fluency with unit rates, students will work with their homogeneous table groups to complete the unit rates relay race. During the activity, I will monitor progress and sit and work with students/groups that appear to be struggling with the concept. Please see Instructional Strategy - Relay Race for more information on how this activity works in my classroom! The questions within this activity bring in several of the practices, including mathematical practice 7 – looking for and making use of structure, mathematical practice 1 – persevering with problem solving, mathematical practice 2 – reason abstractly, and mathematical practice 4 – modeling with mathematics.