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This is a lesson plan that can be used on the first day of math class (algebra, geometry, algebra II & middle school pre-algebra classes).
The objective of the lesson is to have students thinking about math and activating prior math concepts. Another objective is to encourage students to persevere when they don't reach an answer right away.
A short PowerPoint presentation encouraging students to keep trying is included. This lesson plan includes an opening activity, minilesson, examples, class activities and a worksheet for homework. The class activities include five different activities for a double-period math class. (You can cut the last two activities for single-period classes.) Answer keys included.
NEW in 2014: I added a worksheet for middle schoolers and a Math Survey for students to share their prior experiences in mathematics.
Select Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice included on the cover page.
Zip folder contains both Word and pdf versions of the files.