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. For today's lesson, the intended target is “I can use inverse operations to solve a one-step equation.” 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).
Smartboard Activity: For this portion of the lesson, the students are going to practice their fluency with solving one-step equations by playing a spinner game on the smartboard. I conduct this as a table challenge, and any table that gets the question right gets to come up to the board to spin - for points, stamps, or candy! As students practice, I am trying to get them accustomed to carefully checking their work (mathematical practice 6), and using tools such as their smartphone or calculator (mathematical practice 5). I want them to use the resources available to them - even though I am a little proud that they want to be able to do it without. The problems that I chose for the activity allow students to work on their skills with fractions and decimals, which is the issue that I saw most kids having in the previous lesson.