Connection: Overview of the Lesson
The Literature Selection
- In this lesson the counting
book Cucumber Soup by Vickie Leigh Krudwig was utilized.
- High-level concepts such
as percent, fractions and ratio were brought into the lesson using this
Making Insect Models
- Using snap cubes, the students
created representations of each group of insects in the book.
Creating Data Tables
- The students then created
data tables that showed the number of insects in each group.
- Students added multiples
to their tables by calculating how many bugs would be needed to move
more than one cucumber.
- Fractions were practiced
by comparing the number of each type of insect represented on the hill.
- These fractions were then
converted to decimals and percents.
- By discussing ratio, another
relationship with fractions was identified.
- The students were actively
engaged in discussing probability by predicting which bug would be drawn
from a bag.
- Problem solving, an FCAT
skill, was an integral part of the entire lesson.
Applying Math to the Real
- Students were actively involved
in working with all of these seemingly unique concepts and were readily
able to see their relationships.