Before this lesson, students need to know the basics of using the computer and the Internet. Students also should have a basic knowledge of manipulatives that can be used to help solve problems within the classroom.
After watching the addition video word problems online and solving, students will be able to write about how they solved the problems on the classroom blog.
Text of Learning Exercise:
1- The students will first listen to their assignment today. They should be told that they will watch an addition video online, and then will solve the problems using the tools and strategies they have learned. Students will then be shown the classroom blog where they will discuss how they solved their problems.
2- Students will then each need a computer and should be given the link to the wetpaint wiki.
3- Students should begin on the first page and then directed to the video page. On this page there are 4 videos, two on addition and two about multiplication. Students should know that addition videos will be watched and discussed today. They can either watch the "addition at the zoo" video or the "addition at the museum" video.
4- Students should then begin watching the video of their choice and solving the problems using the tools available.
5- The classroom blog should then be used by the students to write about how they solved the problems. There are directions on the blog, so this can be investigated by each student rather than being explained by the teacher.
6- After students are done watching the video and blogging about their strategies and thoughts, students can explore the web site which holds many tools. Students can watch the PowerPoints that give extra help with addition or can play the games that are located on the page with the tutorials that are also attached.
7- After 30-35 minutes, students should have a discussion about what they liked, disliked, learned, and what they thought was difficult. This will not only help each individual reflect on their work, but also help the teacher gather evidence of learned material and difficulties students are still having.
The classroom blog located at:
will be used as an assessment tool during this lesson. Student discussion will also be informally assessed by the teacher while students are working on their word problems.