**Grade 8 - Math**

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***TITLE: ****Geometry Sketchpad for
Beginners – Lesson**** 1**** **

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***Annotation:**

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This lesson plan is a
technology lesson and is designed for students who have never used Geometry
Sketchpad but have some understanding of Microsoft Word. Students will be
paired up and given laptop computers to begin to learn some of the features of
Geometry Sketchpad. After an initial
time of experimenting with Geometry Sketchpad, students will be given an
assessment evaluation form to follow and complete on Microsoft Word to
demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of some of the features of
Geometry Sketchpad.

Students will be able to increase (1) their knowledge of
geometric concepts, and (2) their technology understanding of running software
programs and editing, saving, and exiting them.

**Additional Learning Outcomes:**

Students will work
together to complete the primary learning objectives.

***Assessed QCC:**

Math QCC 8.19 – Classifies plane figures based on their
properties/ characteristics (number or length of sides, angle measures, or
vertices). This includes
quadrilaterals, triangles, and circles.

Math QCC 8.20 – Identifies physical and symbolic
representations using appropriate labeling of geometric figures, such as
points, lines, line segments, rays, vertices, angles, and diagonals.

***Total Duration (Estimated Time): ** one 50-minute
class period

**Procedures:**

** Step Two:** Randomly
divide the class into paired teams.
Distribute laptop computers to each team. Tell the students to open the software program GSP (Geometry
Sketchpad) and begin to explore the features of the program concentrating on
the words listed on the chalkboard.

** Step Three:** After
students have had a sufficient time of exploration, ask for questions the
students might have concerning the features of the program. Demonstrate, through the use of a
TV-ator, any features the students had difficulty manipulating or
demonstrating.

** Step Four:** Distribute
an assessment evaluation form to each team. Discuss the required elements of the assessment form. Answer any questions concerning the
assignment.

** Step Five:** Teams
complete the assignment following the guidelines of the assessment evaluation
form and the instructions to operating GSP and Microsoft Word.

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**Lesson Materials to be Attached**:

Instruction form to operating software
programs GSP and Microsoft Word

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***Assessment:**

Students
will print a hard copy of their work that will then be evaluated according to
the assessment evaluation form.

**Extension:**

This
lesson is for students who have had no exposure to Geometry Sketchpad. However, to make this a more
challenging assignment, students could complete the work with no assistance or
guided instruction by the teacher.

**Remediation:**

For lower level students, the teacher could
“walk-through step by step” the assessment evaluation form guiding
the students from GSP to Microsoft Word to printing a hard copy.

**Accommodation:**

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The
teacher could follow the guidelines under **Remediation**, but extend the lesson over a
period of days.

**Modification:**

The
teacher could simplify the assessment evaluation form and choose fewer concepts
to evaluate at a time.