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Year 1 Math 3 Year 3 Essay

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The sequence of three Year 1 mathematics lessons (Artefact 4) were created as an assignment for EDP2222. For this assignment we were required to select a content descriptor from the Australian Curriculum; Mathematics and plan a sequence of three mathematics lessons designed to actively engage students. We were required to provide a full lesson plan for the first lesson and a flow chart that included the content, resources and assessment for the next two lessons. This sequence of lessons is designed to teach students to represent and solve simple addition problems using a range of strategies including counting on, partitioning and rearranging parts (ACMNA015).

The lesson plans were designed following the backward design process (Wiggins & McTighe, 2001) (2.2). Following backward design included considering the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics in order to identify the learning goals and decide on what evidence, both formative and summative would indicate that learning had taken place (Wiggins & McTighe, 2001). The students are introduced to
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The use of the picture book “Miss Spider’s Tea Party” provides ‘real life’ purpose to problem solving making it relevant to all students and encouraging applied thinking (Fisher, 2005) (2.1). Concrete materials including addition mats, number lines and plastic insects were used throughout the lesson plans to incorporate hands on activities to help students to gain a deep understanding of addition (Booker, Bond, Sparrow & Swan, 2004; Dole, 2013). The students’ mathematical thinking was challenged and they were given an element of control over their learning through having the opportunity to create their own addition problems for themselves and each other to represent and solve (Fisher, 2005). Questions were used throughout the lesson plans to challenge mathematical thinking (Fisher, 2005)
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