New College of California Teacher Education

Professional Goal Setting/Reflective Teaching

This form and the Lesson Plan are to be filled out by the candidate BEFORE being observed in a classroom by college supervisor.

NAME: Max Millard School: Spring Valley Teacher: Laura Chinn Smoot
Grade Level: 3 Date: 11-9-06 Supervisor: Gladys Dalmau

Professional Teaching Goal: Through this lesson I would like to learn, accomplish, explore, experiment.

-Familiarize the students with scales for weighing objects.
-Teach them how to use the scales and record the results.
-Teach about units of weight (pounds and ounces).
-Teach them how to estimate weights.
-Help them to understand why knowledge of weights is important.

Professional Expectations: Through developing and teaching this lesson I am working on the following two or three Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs):

Making content accessible
Student engagement
Social environment

I would like the observer to focus attention and provide me with feedback in two or three of the following areas:

1. Developmental appropriateness of the lesson
2. Quality of content
3. classroom management

What difficulties do you anticipate students could have with the lesson content and how will you attempt to address these difficulties?

Some students might get impatient waiting for their turn.
Some students might need more individual help than the teacher can give.
Student might find the worksheet too easy, and finish it too quickly.

Ia. Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

learn how to use a scale
learn how to convert measurements into a bar graph
learn how to make a reasonable estimate of weights

Ib. Language Objectives:

learn about pounds and ounces
learn about weighing
learn comparative terms, such as lighter and heaviest
learn other vocabulary associated with weight

II. Standard(s) to be Addressed:

Math (Number Sense)

2.0 Students calculate and solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
3.2 Add and subtract simple fractions (e.g., determine that 1/8 + 3/8 is the same as 1/2).

Math (Measurement and Geometry)

1.0 Students choose and use appropriate units and measurement tools to quantify the properties of objects:
1.1 Choose the appropriate tools and units (metric and U.S.) and estimate and measure the length, liquid volume, and weight/mass of given objects.
1.4 Carry out simple unit conversions within a system of measurement (e.g., centimeters and meters, hours and minutes).

III. Background/Rationale (incl. necessary prior skills):

Most children at this age are becoming aware of the role of body weight in American society. They probably realize that it is linked to health, eating habits and physical activity. This lesson will provide them with some details about weight that they probably have not learned, such as how to use a scale, how to record their weight, and how to compare their weight to others in the class.

IV. Process:

a. (Into) I will lead a discussion about society's fixation on weight by showing a tabloid that has a cover story about stars who are overweight and under[weight. I'll let the students express their feelings about weight, what is healthy, and how to maintain an ideal weight.

b. (Through) I will instruct them to weigh each other on bathroom scales and record the results, then convert their weight into a piece of colored paper cut to a certain length. I will later put these pieces together to make a bar graph.

c. (Beyond) I will show them different types of scales that are used for weighing much lighter items, and demonstrate how to use them. This will prepare them for future lessons about weight and measurement.

V. Assessment and Teacher Reflection/Evaluation: (Describe how you will assess students and know they have learned)

I will give them worksheets about weight to fill out while waiting to use the scales, and during any free time they have after working on their part of the bar graph. These worksheets will show me how much they have remembered from the lesson.

VI. Materials:

National Enquirer
bathroom scales
postal scale
worksheets about weight
pink paper and green paper, premarked with measurements
easel, big paper pad, marker
extra clothes (same weight as I'm wearing)