Lesson Plan Template: General Lesson Plan
Learning Objectives: What should students know and be able to do as a result of this lesson?
Given a set of data students will be able to:
- Identify and find values of:
- Lower quartile
- Upper quartile
- Inter-quartile Range
- Construct a double box plot
- Use a double box plot to interpret and compare data sets
Prior Knowledge: What prior knowledge should students have for this lesson?
This prior knowledge includes understanding the meaning of terms: Range, Median or 2nd Quartile, Lower Quartile or 1st Quartile, Upper Quartile or 3rd Quartile, Inter-quartile Range, and an introductory level of experience with "box and whisker" plots. These are reviewed during the lesson.
Guiding Questions: What are the guiding questions for this lesson?
- How can we use a double box plot to compare the nutritional value of various popular foods?
Ans.: Comparing double box plots allows the students to observe the spread and the shape of each data set and determine how one smoothie compares to another.
- What information is needed to construct a box plot?
Ans.: Median, Range, Lower quartile, Upper quartile, Inter-quartile Range, Number Line
- How does a box plot help us to break things into quarters?
Ans.: The three vertical lines form a box around the middle fifty percent, and the points on either side show the first and last 25% respectively.
- Why is this helpful in interpreting and comparing data?
Ans.: It allows us to visually see how the data is distributed. Drawing two or more box plots utilizing the same number-line, makes it easy to compare a lot of information.
Teaching Phase: How will the teacher present the concept or skill to students?
The teacher will provide some nutritional data about popular foods such as cheeseburgers and smoothies. The students will be prompted to look at various ways to compare how nutritious these foods are, in general and specifically, by organizing and displaying the data in box plots and double box plots. The PowerPoint slides contain questions and helpful comments in the "note section.
PPGoing from Burgers to Smoothies Box Plot Presentation.pptx
- 1: Standard
- 2: Possible lunch options.
- 3 and 4: Discussion on food options that are available at "quick stop" eateries, and what they should be eating.
- 5: Discussion on why food data is important.
- 6 and 7: Box plot review.
- 7: Pulls the discussion together.
- 8-11: Teacher models examples (#1-4) on the formative assessment worksheet with the class .
- 12 and 13: Lesson Reflection and introduction to finish the worksheet on their own.
Guided Practice: What activities or exercises will the students complete with teacher guidance?
Students will be guided through an activity in which they construct a box plot to help them analyze the nutritional benefits of different kinds of Planet Smoothies. The activity and its key is provided in the attached document. The class will complete #1-4 together.
Burgers to Smoothies Worksheet with Answers.docx
Guided Practice is found on PowerPoint Slides #8-11: Teacher models/guides students through examples (#1-4) on the formative assessment worksheet with the class. After completion of guided practice, PowerPoint Slides #12 and 13 reflects on the lesson and provides direction for the independent practice.
Independent Practice: What activities or exercises will students complete to reinforce the concepts and skills developed in the lesson?
Students complete the Burgers to Smoothies worksheet (#5 - 8) independently as the teacher walks around monitoring progress. Students complete worksheet for homework if necessary. The teacher will conduct a discussion on the correct process, clearing up misconceptions with explanations.
Closure: How will the teacher assist students in organizing the knowledge gained in the lesson?
Teacher highlight key aspects of the lesson:
- What five points does every box plot have?
- What do you need to find in a set of data to create a box plot?
- What information can a box plot provide?
- Why might a box plot be more useful than another type of graph?
- Teacher will go over some of the key points, giving specific details to and re-clarifying any of the missteps during the lesson.
- Students should be able to answer the questions from slide 12 and 13 of the PowerPoint.
Attached is a quiz, and the key. Students should take the quiz independently. The teacher should monitor the students, and collect the quiz, when complete. The teacher should grade the quizzes, record the grade, but then pass the quizzes back and answer student's questions so that students can get clarity on the questions that they missed.
Burgers to Smoothis Quiz.docx
Students will begin the activity as a group with the teacher leading. The lesson is structured by a power-point slide sequence. The teacher should be walking around and monitoring, stopping and checking for student understanding along the way. Additional explanation will be provided, if needed. The last part of the worksheet is for the student to complete on their own. The teacher will continue to monitor students as they work, checking that students are understanding the material.
Feedback to Students
During the various activities, the teacher will either provide the answers to the class for checking, or have students compare their answers and discuss discrepancies in small groups or in a whole class discussion. If students misunderstand something, the teacher will moderate a discussion with the class, asking questions to help students clarify the main concepts.