Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Line Plots & Number Lines @ The Coffee Shop - Section 1: Skills Practice


I don't normally use a specific "Skill Refresher", and may instead give the students review homework, and then go over it as a subtle skill refresher. However, I felt that it was really appropriate for this lesson. That's one thing that I've learned---you need to be really flexible in your practices as a teacher, and be willing to change your plans on a moment's notice for the betterment of your students. It matters somewhat what you wanted to "fit in" before the end of the week. The students' needs must come first. That being said, you need to balance when it's time to move on to a new topic in order to teach all standards too.

I also wish that I had swiped some clear "iced coffee" cups from a coffee shop, and slightly filled each one according to the questions. This way the students would have another visual reference. We could have matched each fraction 1/3 cup + 1/3 cup, and poured the liquid into a common jug. This would have promoted the real life problem even more, and the students would not be quick to forget this. In doing this, we could also review capacity as well.

  Being Flexible
  Adjustments to Practice: Being Flexible
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Line Plots & Number Lines @ The Coffee Shop

Unit 5: Measurement
Lesson 14 of 16

Objective: SWBAT use a line plot to problem solve.

Big Idea: Help your boss at the coffee shop by determining how much milk and coffee are left over after your shift.

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