Show What You Know About Integers and Rational Numbers

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SWBAT: • Show what they know about integers and rational numbers.

Big Idea

What do students understand? What gaps do they have in their understanding?

Do Now

10 minutes

See my Do Now in my Strategy folder that explains my beginning of class routines.

Often, I create do nows that have problems that connect to the task that students will be working on that day.  Today I want students to complete a couple review problems before they take their quiz.

I ask for a volunteer to share out his/her thinking and answer for each question.  For problem 1, I want students to be able to compare the integers in the context of scuba diving.  If students struggle with this, I draw a vertical number line and we plot the location of each diver.  For problem 2, I am looking to see if students can accurately place rational numbers on a number line.  Did they place -1.5 directly in between -1 and  -2, or did they mistakenly put it between 0 and -1?  How did students figure out the location of -2 ¼? 

Quiz Review (optional)

10 minutes

I ask the students if they have any questions they want answered before they take the quiz.  I encourage students to look at their homework assignment from the previous night.  If there is a question, students participate in a Think Pair Share with a partner and we share out ideas.

I do my best to keep the review brief.  It is easy for this review to stretch and take over the period.  I set a timer and hold myself to this.


30 minutes

I give students the Quiz.  Students engage with MP1: Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.  If students do not finish in the allotted time, they set up a time (preferably that day) to come in and complete it.  I use this data to inform my instruction.   If students struggle with a concept, I will spiral it into do nows and homework assignments.  I may also add a few problems on that topic to the next quiz.

Brainstorming about Stocks and the Stock Market

10 minutes

Over the next few lessons we will be working with stocks.   I want to know what students know and wonder about regarding stocks and the stock market. I give students a few minutes to jot down notes, and then they share out their ideas and questions.