This unit contains a 21-page PowerPoint Lesson, two daily warmups, interactive notes, a small group activity (with presentations), and two homework printables.
As a math teacher, one of my biggest struggles is helping my kids “see” the connections. They can frequently do very well on individual skill assessments, but struggle connecting and applying the concepts to new situations. It is from that point of view that this unit was created. Starting with unit rates, it incorporates the five models of algebraic thinking (story, picture, tables, equations or rules, and graphing) so students can connect unit rates to algebraic modeling.
The PowerPoint lesson is enhanced with a two page interactive note printable for each student. There is no cutting, pasting, folding, etc. on this worksheet, but it does follow the lesson and has students creating very usable notes for themselves. The group story problem activity comes after the PowerPoint lesson. You can choose to have your groups create their own story problem or use the pre made story problems that follow the directions on the PowerPoint. Ideas for student presentations are also included in the teacher notes.
Finally, homework assignments are also included if you choose to use them. Students create their own story and models, plus they represent a second unit rate problem using the picture only. These can be used as the following day warmup by having students try to create the story from someone else’s picture. By assigning it as homework, less artistic students could use clip art or cut out pictures from magazines or newspaper ads.
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