Students enter the room silently and sit in their seats. Their Do Now is already on their desk with a single sticky note attached. The first problem is a complex multi-step word problem that involves ranges. If students ask for help on this question, I help only with the first step to get them going: "If you know that there are 175 legions and 4,000 soldiers in each, how can you determine the number of soldiers in all 175 legions?" I also point out that the answer to this question should be a range itself to match the information given (MP1, MP7).
The second question asks students to reflect about where they want to go to college and stand to go place their sticky note in one of three designated areas of the room. If students finish early, I ask them to take a silent gallery walk and check out what their teammates said about college locations.
When time is up, we review the word problem together with the power point. The questions that are set up on that presentation ask students to think about the operations necessary to solve each step. I also show students how to write numerical expression to figure out this type of problem. The information is organized as a T-chart to give students a strategy for problem solving.
I then transition to a small "get-to-know-me" activity. Today is our school's "College T-shirt" day, so I take the opportunity to talk to students about where I went to college, making sure I talk a ton about the freedom and the food. Students then get 3 minutes to walk around the room looking and talking about what other teammates wrote on their notes. I ask students to keep their eye on the clock for the time when they are expected back in their seats.
Students work in groups of 4 or 5 on a Task that will ask them to construct numerical expressions from given Word Problems on index cards. Some cards will give instructions about specific properties students must use to construct their number sentences. Students earn "achievements" after correctly solving each problem. Achievements can be cashed in for prizes. Each student will carry their own card and 1 achievement will be earned by all group members for each correct problem. Each student must also return a worksheet with their work for each problem. This serves as both an accountability piece and a diagnostic piece for me to look at later.
Before the activity:
During the activity:
Everyone takes a seat and I introduce them to their Math Journals. Each KIPPster will receive one composition book and will also have one math journal checked for a grade each week. Focus will be placed on the effort shown in the journal responses. I advise students to elaborate on as much of their thinking process as possible to earn good scores on their journal entries. If they are ever confused about a concept, I encourage them to write all the questions they feel that they need answered in order to understand the concept. Then, we read the journal questions together.
Students are then introduced to the Gallery Walk. They must walk around the room quietly (whispering is allowed, like at a museum), while thinking about which questions they're going to answer. Students are encouraged to take notes. After they walk around once, they return to their seats to write.
Students are instructed to answer any TWO of the following questions:
At the end of 3-4 minutes, we can do partner share and 1 student shares. Two students pass out homework and we pack up for the next class.