These 7 Math Lesson Plans Are Huge Timesavers

It’s August and that means it’s time to start writing up your lesson plans. If you’re a math teacher (or teach math even a little bit) then you’re in luck! Thanks to the Adobe Education Exchange¬†(details of that are here) there are 7 terrific lesson plans that may help you save a bunch of time and even inspire you to teach something you weren’t going to.

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Lesson Plan #1: Panhandle Circle-square: Geometry and Real-world Applications

Using “Panhandle Circle-square” project at http://tomrchambers.com/circle_square.html and other locations via Google Earth to study Geometry and make mathematical calculations as they relate to real world applications such as the farmers in the Texas Panhandle using square plots of land and circular irrigation of their crops to make a living. Their geometrical calculations are precise to be efficient with their livelihood.

Students use the “Panhandle Circle-square” project and other images in Google Earth to download the images, and bring them into Photoshop to make mathematical calculations. They will work with radius, diameter, circumference and area of the circle as well as the perimeter and area of a square. They will also work with sections [angularity] of the various circles seen within the images. Also, on-screen measurements can be taken as well.

The geometry and mathematical calculations of the squares, circles and sections will be equated with the real-world applications of the farmer. This real-world connection will move the students towards the realization that mathematical skills are needed, even in terms of something as agrarian as farming in the rural areas of Texas.

Lesson Plan #2: Geometric Concepts
In this lesson, students define geometry terms and then take photos of geometric figures that illustrate examples of their use in the real world. As a final product, they create a vocabulary Photo Book in Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 that combines their definitions with their photo examples.

Lesson Plan #3: Graph Plotting

In this lesson, originally created by Meredith Blache, students use a pre-existing image to create a dot-to-dot image along x and y axes in Adobe Photoshop Elements. They then create a list of ordered pairs for which they need to apply mathematical problem-solving skills by locating the coordinates of the ordered pairs and plotting lines to re-create the picture on graph paper.

Lesson Plan #4: Patterns

In this lesson, students, working in groups, construct a visual pattern, in Adobe Photoshop Elements 9, according to a set of rules. They then test their rules by making predictions. Finally, after swapping their patterns, each group identifies the rules and makes predictions based on the rules. This lesson helps students learn pre-algebra skills such as prediction-making and problem-solving.

Lesson Plan #5: Patterns – 2009

In this lesson, students, working in groups, construct a visual pattern, in Adobe Photoshop Elements, according to a set of rules. They then test their rules by making predictions. Finally, after swapping their patterns, each group identifies the rules and makes predictions based on the rules. This lesson helps students learn pre-algebra skills such as prediction-making and problem-solving.

Lesson Plan #6: Graph Plotting – 2009

In this lesson, originally created by Meredith Blache, students use a pre-existing image to create a dot-to-dot image along x and y axes in Adobe Photoshop Elements. They then create a list of ordered pairs for which they need to apply mathematical problem-solving skills by locating the coordinates of the ordered pairs and plotting lines to re-create the picture on graph paper.

Lesson Plan #7: Geometric Concepts

In this lesson, students define geometry terms and then take photos of geometric figures that illustrate examples of their use in the real world. As a final product, they create a vocabulary Photo Book in Adobe Photoshop Elements that combines their definitions with their photo examples.

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In this lesson, students define geometry terms and then take photos of geometric figures that illustrate examples of their use in the real world. As a final product, they create a vocabulary Photo Book in Adobe Photoshop Elements that combines their definitions with their photo examples.