Reflection: Lesson Planning The Tree of Peace: A Division Lesson - Section 2: Introduction


I believe that embedding mathematical content in real world contexts (in this case, science, social studies, and environmental ethics) enriches the student learning environment.  In the real world very few subjects are thought about in isolation and therefore it makes sense to me that, once the basic skill is taught, math should also not be taught in isolation.  Making meaningful connections between content areas and letting children experience the reality that mathematics does not exist in its own separate subject bracket enriches children's ability to both understand the content and to use it to evaluate issues, apply possible solutions, and hopefully, someday, create new paths through the complicated modern world.

Additionally, it’s important not to embed my lessons too deeply into one area only.  For example, while I am very interested in teaching about the natural environment (Counting Clams, Lobes on Leaves, and Fun with Frogs) I make deliberate effort to draw from a variety of areas.  I try to bring social studies themes into lessons, whether it’s basic geography (Lucky Luggage Tags and Lucky Luggage Tags International), architecture and history (Shapes in Architecture & Great Buildings of the World), humanitarian issues (Making a Difference with Math and A Restaurant in Kampala), video games (there’s room for a rich dialogue there), or Volcanoes of the World (geography, science, and integrated technology).

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The Tree of Peace: A Division Lesson

Unit 5: Division in Context
Lesson 3 of 3

Objective: SWBAT solve division and multiplication word problems by focusing on key information and using a mental model.

Big Idea: Division can be used to determine the approximate age of trees. Knowing the age of trees is one factor in determining their intrinsic and human value.

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Math, environmental ethics, Critical Area, Real World Math, ELA (legend)
  63 minutes
december 27 2013 018
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