User:Hailey Elise Pozniak

Mini Course: Customary and Metric Units of Measurement

I've incorporated inquiry-based learning and problem-based learning to engage students in the learning experience. I’ve also included questions in the beginning of each lesson that students will address at the end of the lesson. This will encourage a deeper understanding of the concepts, as well as to encourage students to relate their learning to their own knowledge and experience.



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NEEDS ASSESSMENT

1. Instructional problem: The need for teaching explicit instruction of customary and metric units in fifth grade classrooms is limited by time, resources, and priority.

2. The nature of what is to be learned: Students will learn the various units of the customary and metric systems. Students will also learn how to convert units of measurements and apply them to life experiences.

3. About the learners: Students are in an accelerated fifth grade math class and have minimal experience manipulating units of measurement. Students also have cognitive and intellectual mathematic skills that are necessary to complete this mini course. Students are motivated learners and are willing to engage in computer-based activities.

4. Instructional content: Each unit will be designed based on the unit of measurement that is being addressed (i.e. length, weight, capacity). Each unit will begin with an overview of that unit's learning objectives. It will also have an overview of the topic and the specific units of measurements that will be focused on in the unit. Audio/Video demonstrations will be used to illustrate procedures used to convert various units of measurement. Each unit will have activities that relate to memorizing, converting, and applying units of measurement. Students will also contribute to a writing assignment at the end of each unit.

The instructional content of this mini course will include a variety of resources. To access this course, students will use MediaWiki. Java software will be to view demonstrations. The HotPotatoes software will be used to assess students through quizzes.

This mini course has been specifically designed to engage students in active learning through the use of learner-centered activities, problem-based learning, experiential learning activities, and reflective practices.

5. Explore instructional problem/solutions:Students in the class will complete mini course independently at their own pace. They will be given specific class time to engage in the course. Depending on the class size and availability, utilizing the course may only include a few students at a time. However, students will have an opportunity to complete the course at different times throughout the school year.

6. Generate goals:Students will be able to determine what can be measured and how, using appropriate methods and formulas.



TASK ANALYSIS


COURSE PURPOSE

As a result of participating in this mini course, students will become more familiar with the various units of the customary and metric systems. Students will be able to convert each unit of measurement. They will also gain a deeper understanding of applying units of measurements to life experiences.


LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:


· Students will be able to recite customary units of length, weight, and capacity.


· Students will be able to convert customary units of length, weight, and capacity.


· Students will be able to justify the use of various units of customary units of measurement.


· Students will be able to recite metric units of length, mass, and capacity.


· Students will be able to convert metric units of length, mass, and capacity.


· Students will be able to justify the use of various units of metric units of measurement.


· Students will be able to differentiate between various units of customary and metric measurements.


PREREQUISITE SKILLS

Essential prerequisites:

▪ Understanding of concepts, procedures and principles related to:

-addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division

Supporting prerequisites:

▪ Willingness to learn

▪ Independently motivated



Performance Objectives


Customary Units of Measurement

· Given various customary units of measurements, students will identify units of measurement (length, weight, capacity) by typing them on the computer.

· Given various customary units of measurements, students will convert these measurements by calculating them mentally, using pencil or paper, or using a calculator. 


· Given various customary units of measurements, students will apply these measurements by solving word problems on the computer and relating them to real life scenarios.

Metric Units of Measurement

· Given various metric units of measurements, students will identify units of measurement (length, mass, capacity) by typing them on the computer.

· Given various metric units of measurements, students will convert these measurements by calculating them mentally, using pencil and paper, or using a calculator. 


· Given various metric units of measurements, students will apply these measurements by solving word problems on the computer and relating them to real life scenarios.


Curriculum Maps

Unit_1_Curriculum_Map.pdf


Unit_2_Curriculum_Map.pdf


Unit_3_Curriculum_Map.pdf