Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge Bingopposites - Section 2: Intro to Lesson - Integers


I decided to introduce this unit differently this year because it takes place at a later time in the school year. This current lesson was the second in the “Integers and Rational Number Unit”. It came second, as opposed to first, this year.  We spent the first month of school reviewing operations and word problems with positive fractions and decimals. In this reflection I am including all of the resources I used to introduce this unit the day prior to “Bingopposites”. The resources for this day are all labeled “Day 21”.  

Having more time for each lesson this year compared to last, I decided to introduce integers using a graphic organizer for the real number system. This organizer is included, along with other important definitions, in the “CNotes” document. The text written in red font is meant to be written on the board as I introduce each term. Day 21 was essentially a vocabulary lesson. We spent most of the time coming up with examples of numbers (improper fractions, non-terminating decimals, negative numbers, etc) and categorizing them. The “Do Now” for that day also included a word problem with a negative temperature. I wanted to explore the prior knowledge students were already bringing to class after having a conversation with a group of students at the beginning of the year and finding out that the “loved negative numbers”. Their 6th grade teacher had done a great job introducing basic negative number concepts.

In the continued spirit to gather more information about their prior knowledge, I gave students a HW assignment that contained 10 questions. I asked students to complete these questions to the best of their ability, using information they remembered from their 6th grade year. The next day I collected the homework and used the data I collected from their answers to inform my future instruction. This data allowed me to create strategic groups and seating arrangements to move forward in this unit. Throughout the unit, I was aware of who was strong with the operations. They were often used as student coaches for students who needed additional support and practice.

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Unit 1: Integers
Lesson 5 of 20

Objective: SWBAT show what they know about numerical expressions and multi-step expressions with whole numbers on Vocab Quiz #1. SWBAT identify integers and their opposites through a game.

Big Idea: Students play a math bingo game to identify opposite integers

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