Reflection: Accountability Distance Between Two Points, Day 2 - Section 2: Group Work


A simple way to involve students in a lesson and motivate them is to give them choices.  Although I assigned groups the level of A, B, or C, they liked that they had some choice in their assignment.  My students took this choice very seriously.  I walked around and listened to the discussions that students had.  They discussed whether the coordinates were positive or negative.  They also discussed the number of coordinates, trying to determine whether the polygon would be regular or irregular.  Some students wanted to "be safe" and choose positive coordinates or a regular polygon, while others wanted to challenge themselves with the harder choice.

They were already thinking mathematically before beginning the work and it wasn't forced.  I enjoyed observing the interaction of my students and their conversations was a motivating factor for their work.

  Accountability: Choices
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Distance Between Two Points, Day 2

Unit 10: Rational Numbers
Lesson 7 of 9

Objective: SWBAT apply their knowledge of finding the distance between two points.

Big Idea: Students work on a distance group project.

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Math, Number Sense and Operations, coordinates, distance
  55 minutes
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