Title: Count Your Raisins
In this lesson students will create a class line plot using data collected from boxes of raisins. This activity will be used to collect, organize, represent, and describe data using the line plot.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (1) 18: Organize, represent, and interpret data with up to three categories; ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many in each category, and how many more or less are in one category than in another. [1-MD4]
Title: Digging In For Dirt Day!
This lesson is managed through stations that students will rotate around every 20- 30 minutes. Each second grade teacher conducts one station. Parent volunteers can also be used to manage stations. Students will use an auger to gather soil, produce a soil painting, make a dirt cup to represent layers of soil, do a Shake It Up! activity to examine how soil settles, and examine local soil.
This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (2) 23: Write informative or explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section. [W.2.2]
Title: What do Plants Need?
In this lesson, students will understand that in order to grow healthy plants, soil, water, light, and air must be provided. Students will use math skills such as measurement and science process skills such as observation, comparing, and recording data.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 23: Draw a picture graph and a bar graph (with single-unit scale) to represent a data set with up to four categories. Solve simple put-together, take-apart, and compare problems using information presented in a bar graph. (See Appendix A, Table 1.) [2-MD10]
Title: The Area of Things...
In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students have opportunities to recognize and use the attributes of length and area using nonstandard units. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 22: Generate measurement data by measuring lengths of several objects to the nearest whole unit or by making repeated measurements of the same object. Show the measurements by making a line plot where the horizontal scale is marked off in whole-number units. [2-MD9]
Title: Circle Grapher
This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to create a customized circle graph as well as display pre-set circle graphs. They can choose from one of 3 predetermined data sets, or input their own data into the applet. In addition to the circle graph, a table of the data is also included.
Standard(s): [MA2015] AL1 (9-12) 41: Represent data with plots on the real number line (dot plots, histograms, and box plots). [S-ID1]
Title: Time After Time
[ELA2015] (2) 12: Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text. [RI.2.3]Unit Plan Overview: The unit will focus on ordering common events by times, days, months, steps, or events. Students will utilize biographies and books on national symbols to read and interpret timelines. Groups will use historical text and primary sources to create timelines by using rulers to measure equal-spaced points. Students will also create a timeline to reconstruct the history of their school staff and create individual timelines to reconstruct a history of their own past.
This unit was created as part of the ALEX Interdisciplinary Resource Development Summit.