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I need help developing a mathematical lesson plan using the gradual release teaching model for first grade that teaches math place value. The lesson should include student engagement, checking for understanding, monitoring, and immediate risk-free feedback.

Oct 28, 2015 4:04pm

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    • Oct 28, 2015 5:12pm

      I just read place values. For manipulatives, consider using base-ten blocks if it's relevant.

      • Oct 31, 2015 2:44am

        Are you using the Math in Focus series? We are using GR as well in our district. You can start the lesson through a hands-on activity (with a challenging word problem) in groups whereby students have conversations and share strategies they could use to solve the problem. The activity should be on the topic under study. The goal is to give students some background knowledge with which to segue into the remainder of the lesson tasks. At the conclusion of the activity, engage in a whole-group discussion and discuss various strategies and ways students solved the problem.

        • Oct 31, 2015 10:00am

          It's important to recognize that students are coming out of kindergarten with some exposure to place value with teens as a ten and some extras. First grade builds that progression beyond 20 to all two-digit numbers. So you'll want to some prior formative assessment to gauge their current level of understanding.

          Manipulatives are a huge part of building understanding of place value. Students first need exposure to proportional groupable manipulatives. Examples include straws, bundled in tens with an elastic, stacks of unifix cubes and ten frame mats where they can fill each small box with a cube/two-colored counter/real object. Later, they can move to base ten blocks, but it's important that they "trust the ten" in that rod to count it. This is actually more challenging than you think.

          Be sure to include practice that goes in both directions. For example, sometimes provide a pile of blocks or straws or counters and have the students determine the value of that set by making groups of ten. Other times, provide the value and ask them to build/show that amount.

          Al those ideas above might be considering in planning a grade 1 unit on place value. You'll select a small slice of this content in your one lesson. Use GRR to model, show and think aloud, then try it in a shared way where you prompt and cue, then have them try collaboratively with partners and lastly independently. You'll be monitoring and providing feedback all along the way. I like to end with some discussion about the learning, being particularly intentional with the questions I ask to get at the heart of the new learning.