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5e lesson plan

Avery Horton


Subject area/course/grade level:

Mathematics / Algebra 1 / 9th grade

Standards (State and ISTE Standards for Students) (2 points):

TC2(9-12) Computer Applications: 8. Practice safe uses of social networking and electronic communication.
TC2(9-12) Computer Applications: 9. Practice ethical and legal use of technology systems and digital content.
TC2(9-12) Computer Applications: 11. Critique digital content for validity, accuracy, bias, currency, and relevance.
TC2(9-12) Computer Applications: 12. Use digital tools to publish curriculum-related content.
MA2015(7) 4. Apply and extend previous understandings of addition and subtraction to add and subtract rational
numbers; represent addition and subtraction on a horizontal and vertical number line diagram. [7-NS1]
MA2015(9-12) Algebra 1. Explain how the definition of the meaning of rational exponents follows from extending
the properties of integer exponents to those values, allowing for a notation for radicals in terms of rational
exponents. [N-RN1]
MA2015(9-12) Algebra 2. Rewrite expressions involving radicals and rational exponents using the properties of
exponents. [N-RN2]

Objectives (2 points):

The student will simplify numerical expressions using properties of real numbers and order of operations.
The student will reinforce technology skills and art skills.

Differentiation Strategies How will the lesson address the various learning styles of the students and the
needs of those with special needs?

This lesson will include the following modifications:

Allow extra time if needed.
Use peer tutors, as well as student-teacher conferences.
Underline important directions and key terms.
Use visuals and manipulative materials.
Give directions orally.
Give immediate feedback and lots of encouragement throughout activities.
Consider modifying assignments based on multiple intelligences.

Activity one: To access my students’ prior knowledge of order of operations, I will show them a PowerPoint slide to
review. After discussing order of operations and PEMDAS (Parenthesis, exponents, multiplication, division,
addition, subtraction), students will create their own acronym for PEMDAS and post it to our class wiki.
Activity two: After finishing the PowerPoint and reviewing properties of real numbers, students will give an
example of each of the properties discussed in class on the wiki page. They may not duplicate a previous entry.
Link to PowerPoint: Just the facts powerpoint
Like to class wiki page:

Discuss the importance of ORDER in our global society from real life examples. Example: Getting dressed each day:
The order in which you get dressed each day matters. If you shower after getting dressed, you will get your clothes
wet. If you put clothes on in the wrong order, it can prove embarrassing. After explaining the importance of order,
talk about how it connects with order of operations.
Activity 1: Have students in groups of 3 create a greeting card on an iPad or computer on Microsoft Word. •
Fold a piece of paper (white or colored) like a greeting card.

On the cover: Write an equation with missing operations (like the practice slide)

In the middle: Write the equation with the correct operations

On the back: Put your group name as you would find a company’s name on the back of a greeting card.

Activity 2: Students will be put in groups of two. Each group will have an iPad. They will go to to compete against one another in an exponent game called Otter Rush. I will create the game,
have the students join, then allow them to work together to win the race. We will discuss the questions after the race.
Link to Otter Rush Race: Otter Rush exponents game

I used an app called Explain Everything. It is an interactive whiteboard and screen casting app. I created a
demonstration and explanation of the properties of exponents. At the end of the creation, I listed 5 high order
thinking questions for them to complete.
Link to my “Explain everything” creation: Properties of exponents

Project one (individual project): My students are going on a vacation to the “planet of the exponents”. When they
get there, the exponents are up in arms because of all the silly tourists who keep breaking the laws of the land. They
commission the students to make a tourist brochure laying out all the laws of the planet. The brochure must be
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created online and must include all of the laws of exponents. This is an individual project. An example brochure and
the rubric is below.
Example brochure: exponent brochure example
Directions and rubric: exponent brochure rubric
Project two (group project): Musical Exponent Rules Write and perform a song that describes the exponent rules.
You must turn in all lyrics (and music or music reference). All performances should be recorded onto a movie file to
turn in digitally. The following rules should be included: Zero Exponent, Negative Exponent, Multiplying
Exponents of Same Base, Dividing Exponents of Same Base, Exponent Raised by another Exponent Performances of
these songs will be graded based on the digital file submitted. You may work in groups of 3 or 4.
Example presentation: All about that "base" exponent song
Directions and rubric: Musical exponents directions and rubric

I used Socrative to create a 10 question formative assessment for my students. The students will use their cellphones
to compete in a “Space Race”. Socrative gives me the results of each individual student’s progress. It tells me which
questions each student gets correct and incorrect. My student’s loved being able to race one another and keep their
identity confidential.
My formal assessment: Socrative quiz
Spreadsheet of my student’s individual results:

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