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Supervisor Formative Two Lesson Plan: Getting to the Point Cartesian Planes

By: Sarah Battista (260481098)

McGill University Faculty of Education Fall 2013


DATE: October 11th, 2013 TIME: 1 Class Period DURATION: 60 minutes

SUBJECT: Mathematics CLASS (Grade or Cycle): Cycle 2, Grade 4 SCHOOL: Honor-Mercier School


To have students get a brief background as to how Cartesian planes were created through the use of a Power Point Presentation. To have students understand and know what a Cartesian plane is by viewing a Power Point, Smart Board Presentation, playing a game online, and by completing certain activities as an extension. To have students understand what an ordered pair is by having students indicate ordered pairs, plot ordered pairs, and through explanation.

To have students understand and know what the origin is through explanation and a poster that will be hung up for students to view while they are working. To have students know how to plot ordered pairs by having students plot ordered pairs onto Cartesian planes, by playing an online game, and through several follow-up activities. To have students identify ordered pairs in the first quadrant of a Cartesian Plane through a Power Point Presentation, and several follow-up activities. To have students understand where the horizontal axis and vertical axis are and to know that they must always begin with the horizontal axis, by explanation, a poster, and two presentations presented on the Smart Board. Students will also perform certain activities where they will need to remember and use this statement.

To have students know that when we connect ordered pairs, we are sometimes left with images, by showing students examples, through a poster, and by having students who finish earlier complete a handout where they must plot points onto a Cartesian plane that create a river, a sailboat, a sun and birds.


Mathematics: Competency 2: To reason using mathematical concepts and processes. Competency 3: To communicate by using mathematical language.

Cross-Curricular Competencies: To use information. To solve problems. To adopt effective work methods. To use information and communications technologies. To communicate appropriately.

Professional Competencies: To act as a professional inheritor, critic, and interpreter of knowledge or culture when teaching students. To communicate clearly in the language of instruction, both orally and in writing, using correct grammar, in various contexts related to teaching. To develop teaching/learning situations that are appropriate to the students concerned and to the subject content with a view to developing the competencies targeted in the programs of study.

To pilot teaching/learning situations that are appropriate to the students concerned and to the subject content with a view to developing the competencies targeted in the programs of study. To plan, organize and supervise a class in such a way as to promote students' learning and social development. To integrate information and communications technologies (ict) in the preparation and delivery of teaching/learning activities and for instructional management and professional development purposes. To engage in professional development individually and with others. To demonstrate ethical and responsible professional behavior in the performance of his or her duties.

Materials: Smart Board PowerPoint Presentation Smart Board Presentation: Thats My Point: http://exchange.smarttech.com/details.html?id=de70bfb9-eb4f-401d-b381-78d9c41511d5 Created Poster Computer Billy Bug And His Quest For Grub Game: http://www.oswego.org/ocsdweb/games/BillyBug/bugcoord.html Math Workbooks Handout 1-7 (20) Ruler Pencil River Riding handout for early finishers (20) http://www.superteacherworksheets.com/mystery-graph-picture/sailboat-easygraph_WQWQD.pdf

Classroom Management Strategies: Turning off the lights Counting down Point system Positive Reinforcement

Prior Context: This will act as an introduction for students on Cartesian planes before they begin doing work in their workbooks. Students have just finished learning about tessellations and division.



5 min.

Discussion: Begin the lesson by asking students if they have ever heard of Cartesian planes before and what they know about them. Simply ask to hear what students have to say, dont give any information yet.

10 min.

Power Point Presentation: Next, share a created Power Point with students that provides them with a brief history of how Cartesian planes came to be and that explains the basics of Cartesian planes. Tell students that an axis is simply the reference line where distances are measured. For slide 5, have a student come up and draw and label the point of the origin. Then have a student come up and show you where to write horizontal and vertical axis. Have another student draw a random point on the Cartesian plane and have another come up and write the ordered pair for that point while reminding them to start with the horizontal axis and continue up with the vertical axis. Emphasize that ordered pairs are written in parentheses separated by a comma. Ask them to tell you how many units along the point is and how many units the point is going up. Next, ask a student what the new ordered pair would be if you moved one unit higher up.

8 min. Smart Board Presentation: Thats My Point! Start at slide 7 and finish at slide 8. In this quick presentation, students will be able to come up and use the Smart Board to plot points, and they will also be given a helpful trick (a plane must move across the runway before it can move up into the sky) to remember to begin with the horizontal axis and continue with the vertical axis. This trick will be added to a poster for students to be able to refer to while working on their follow-up activities. 5 min. Show and Hang Created Poster: Hang up the poster about Cartesian planes for all students to see and use as a reference while completing their work. Read the poster to students.

7 min. Interactive Online Game: Billy Bug and His Quest For Grub: In this fun, interactive game, students will come up and move Billy Bug to the ordered pairs shown in order to feed him. 20 min. Workbook: Have students complete pages 36 to 38 in class. Ask those who are still unclear with the subject to come and see you at your desk so that they may ask questions and so you can better explain the topic to them. Later, be sure to circulate the room and pay special attention to those who you know struggle more with math. Be sure to set a few guidelines such as no speaking, and staying on task. 5 min. Handout: As extra practice, and for homework, hand out handout 1-7 on Cartesian planes for students to complete. Explain what is to be done. For Early Finishers: River Riding Handout: Give those students who finish in advance a handout where they will plot ordered pairs onto a Cartesian plane, in the first quadrant only, that forms a river with birds, a sun and a sailboat. Students can then colour their picture.

*Assessment and Evaluation: Through discussion, and by circulating the room, the teacher will be able to see who has grasped the content, and who has yet to fully grasp the content. The teacher will pick up all of the workbooks once students have completed their work and see if students are on the right track and/or if there is something that needs more explaining.

*Differentiated Instruction: The teacher will ensure that the text on the Smart Board is large

enough and that the images are also large enough for a student who has trouble reading normal font size. The teacher will also ensure and encourage those students who have more difficulty with mathematics, and who choose to participate, to get a chance to go up to the Smart Board. The teacher will also make sure that important words in the Power Point are bolded and stand out. In addition, the teacher will ask students to come and see him/her after the topic has been explained if they are having trouble understanding certain things. The teacher will try to explain the subject matter in ways that are understandable to each child. In the meantime, while students are working on their own, the teacher will circulate the classroom focusing on those students he/she knows experience more difficulty with the subject.

Created Poster:

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