Reflection: Student Ownership Powers of Ten (Day 1) - Section 1: Opener


I can... statements are a new initiative in my school district.  Although it is tedious at times to write or display the statement somewhere in the room, I can surely attest to the fact that these statements are worth the hassle.  The purpose of the I can... statement is not only to empower the students by showing them what they can do, it also gives the students a direction to follow for the lesson. 

If you begin a lesson by introducing a new I can... statement, or by reviewing one, students are able to focus on that objective throughout the lesson.  It provides a short term goal, for that class period or week, and students are able to focus on something that is within reach.  I usually place the I can... in a PowerPoint so that it can be displayed quickly and easily.  Again, it is sometimes daunting to display these for everything you teach in an elementary classroom, but they are well worth the time investment. 

  I Can
  Student Ownership: I Can
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Powers of Ten (Day 1)

Unit 1: Operations with Decimals and Whole Numbers
Lesson 4 of 22

Objective: Students will be able to recognize multiples of ten and define and apply them as powers of ten.

Big Idea: To infinity, and beyond!

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Math, division, decimal operations, multiplication
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