Mathematics introductory lesson plan on patterns and relations
Mathematics and English language strongly dictate how a child will perform in other subjects in his or her academic life. It is assumed that proper mastery of the two major subjects enhance confidence and related base required in other subjects. The lesson plan will focus on ways of introducing mathematics in early childhood. It is for a fact that mathematics mastery may take some time but when proper teaching and guidance in practiced in learning, the subject may be actually fun and easy to understand. Use of patterns to introduce mathematics in early childhood assists the children to understand mathematical context much faster.
Designing a lesson to assist students use patterns and relate them to mathematical content is necessary. The objective of the lesson plan is to ensure students understand and interpret existing patterns, improve their creativity and relate variety of patterns to mathematics. The lesson will begin by the teacher explaining different shapes and patterns using an overhead projector and also using blocks to clearly illustrate the shape. He or she will then ask the children to copy the shapes to ensure they understand them better. This will then be followed by asking the children to create their own shapes and explain then to their classmates in small groups. When the children create their own shapes, they get to be more creative and also get a chance to use personal opinions with their learning. Finally they will be expected to use the shapes and patterns learnt in their mathematics journals.
The lesson can be structured to fit students with different learning needs and modalities. Students may be strong or weak in class, but irrespective of this different they can all benefits from this lesson because weak students will learn from the strong students and the strong students will gain better understanding through explaining their shapes to fellow students in a group. Non native English speakers and students with hearing problems can benefit this lesson better since it relies heavily on visuals. Those with hearing problems can also be placed in groups near the teacher. Further, students with visual aid challenges can also benefit from the lesson since the teacher can explain the shapes and then use blocks to assist the student understand better. In that light, the lesson can be structured to incorporate specific needs for a student.
Bottom line, the lesson plan conforms to the New York state standards which state that a lesson plan should have a clear objective, description of the process or activity and an assessment which in this case the students will be assessed on their ability to use the patterns learnt in the mathematics journal.