Lesson Plan Template: General Lesson Plan
Learning Objectives: What should students know and be able to do as a result of this lesson?
Students will be able to:
- Construct a box plot given a set of data.
- Describe the elements within a box plot.
- Analyze and interpret a box plot including:
- The meaning of upper and lower quartile.
- Explain the meaning of the median.
- The meaning of upper and lower extremes.
- Identifying if there are any outliers.
Prior Knowledge: What prior knowledge should students have for this lesson?
Students should already know:
- How to list numbers from least to greatest.
- How to draw an evenly portioned number line that is appropriate to the given data set.
- How to accurately create a dot plot.
- How to calculate the range of the data.
- How to find of mean and median.
Guiding Questions: What are the guiding questions for this lesson?
- Why is it necessary to order the data from least to greatest before determining the median?
- What does quartile 1 represent and what does quartile 3 represent?
- How can you identify the lower and upper extremes?
- How do you determine if a number is an outlier?
- What do you think will happen to the box plot if one number is changed?
- How can we analyze the data and make conclusions by using a box plot?
Teaching Phase: How will the teacher present the concept or skill to students?
Before Class: Teacher will copy enough handouts for each student. Students will be strategically seated according to their learning ability (based on results from previous assessments). Groups will consist of four students (two medium, one high and one low). See Attachments
During Class: Students will independently complete a bell ringer to assess their prior knowledge (projected on Promethean Board). Teacher will have a student volunteer to go to the board to write down the answers. Another student will then explain how the answers were derived. Another student will repeat how the answers were derived. Teacher will then ask for clarifying questions. Allow 5 minutes for this activity. See Attachment.
Teacher will present a "hook" question to the students. How many hours a day to you spend listening to music? Teacher will record this data on the board and ask students to list the numbers from least to greatest. Teacher will then ask the students to calculate the mean, median, and range of the data points. Allow ten minutes for this activity.
Teacher will deliver the lesson to students in form of a PowerPoint (slides 1- 6). CPalms_Lesson.pptx
Guided Practice: What activities or exercises will the students complete with teacher guidance?
Guided practice occurs during slides 7 - 9. This is an activity in which the students record the length of time it takes each student to get ready in the morning before school. In a whole class activity, the students will complete all the steps to construct a box plot, and then they will answer questions related to the box plot. The teacher will ask questions to check for understanding. Answers will vary. CPalms_Lesson.pptx
Independent Practice: What activities or exercises will students complete to reinforce the concepts and skills developed in the lesson?
In this activity, the students will work individually and complete an example involving constructing a box plot and identifying key values and their meaning. Teacher will answer questions any students may have. Teacher will also ask students questions about their work. Independent_Practice_Box_Plots.docx
Students will complete a homework assignment related to the day's lesson.
Teacher will grade the homework the following class period and use the results to determine if the lesson needs to be re-taught. Homework_Assignment_Box_Plots.docx
Closure: How will the teacher assist students in organizing the knowledge gained in the lesson?
Teacher will ask the class "what did you all learn today?" and wait for students to raise their hand to answer. Teacher will then call on random students to explain the meaning of the vocabulary words that were used in the day's lesson. If there is still time left, teacher will have students give a scenario in which data points can be gathered.
Teacher will administer an assessment to test students' mastery of the standard. Teacher will collect and grade the assessment. Summative_Assessment.docx
The Formative assessment will occur during the teaching phase, guided phase, and independent practice.
Teacher will circulate the classroom and provide feedback to students as they are completing their guided and independent practice. Teacher will also ask guiding questions to check for understanding and clarify any misconceptions students may have.
If any student does not understand the concept, the teacher will provide the student with a graphic organizer with step-by-step instructions on how to create a box plot. Graphic_Organizer_for_Box_Plots.docx
Feedback to Students
Teacher will observe students as they go to the board and provide feedback. Teacher will also circulate the classroom and praise students that are doing well and assist student that need additional help. Student can use this feedback to improve on their assignments (independent practice, exit slip, and homework).