Unit 1 - Lesson 3:
Slideshow for presentation
Tips and Modifications:
I broke the lesson into parts and did not want to introduce the trip building part until the end, nor have them see it. I continually stressed their focus on problem-solving strategies rather than the end product. Again having dual modalities - my oral instructions and a constant visual on the screens helps with focus to task.
Hard copies: I used paper handouts for both the Word Search and Birthday Guests. All the rest of student work was completed in Google Docs.
Road trip instructions revised
Modifications: As I worked through this lesson myself, I felt a bit encumbered with too many restrictions. I felt the gas price requirement was extraneous to students and they don’t get that part. Also a 7 day round trip was not balanced in my mind. (See handout above) Here’s how I taught it: I suggested from Seattle to LA might be within a 1500 mile radius. “I didn’t know but let’s guess”. I made a sample trip. Yes, it was only 1100 miles or so. I want to stay 4 nights going away and 4 nights coming home. If I hover on the road trip map, I can see increments. Maybe I’ll go 200 miles a night. Zoom in to that location and find a town that you could stay at and see some fun attraction there. See the other requirements I put on the trip.
Problem solving process notes - cut for ease of accessibility
Modifications: The activity guide handout is just too busy. I continue to cut and paste parts that they need to complete into small bits instead of them having to scroll and scroll to fill out the document. I really think electronic ‘cleaned-up’ versions of the activity guides would fit more with the ‘industry standard’ that we want students to adopt.