The Three-Step Lesson

enVisionmath2.0 K–5 provides an array of planning resources to use in daily lessons—Digital Resources, a Lesson Overview, Math Anytime, and an English Language Learner section. Once you review these resources and identify  strategies, you’re ready to move on to the three-step lesson. Each step of the lesson is critical in developing conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and the ability to apply this information to new problems.

Step 1: Problem-Based Learning starts the lesson by engaging students in a real-world task that helps develop mathematical understanding. Research tells us that problem solving is critical to the process of making connections between ideas to build conceptual understanding. Key to this is the Solve & Share problem-solving experience that helps students make connections between what they already know and the new ideas embedded in the problem.  This is a great strategy for a whole-class approach using a whiteboard to spark classroom conversations.

Questioning students before, during, and after posing the Solve & Share problem is a great tool for identifying their understanding. This provides an opportunity for supporting struggling learners, as well as giving students who quickly master the task a chance to explore extended activities. These little differentiations are ideal for using small steps to personalize students’ learning.

Step 2: Visual Learning provides the bridge to connect students’ thinking and solutions from the Solve & Share problem to new mathematical concepts within the lesson by making the mathematics explicit. This age-appropriate visual representation of the concept is a step-by-step approach that you can choose to accompany with animation and interactivity from the Visual Learning Animation Plus. The resulting classroom conversation deepens their understanding of the concept by providing an opportunity to express their learning. Use the Show Me! feature (for Grades K–2) or the Convince Me! feature (for Grades 3–5) as a quick way to check for understanding immediately after instruction.

Step 3: Assess and Differentiate prescribes differentiated instruction of key concepts and skills. It is also an opportunity to extend on-level and advanced students’ thinking during this portion of the lesson.

Utilizing the Intervention Activity provides a path for struggling students with visual or hands-on reinforcement of the concepts. The Reteach to Build Understanding master is a tool that helps students learn how to break problems down into manageable segments so that they can successfully complete problems on their own.

On-Level and Advanced Activity Centers provide students additional activities that deepen their understanding by providing additional challenges including Center Games, Math and Science Activities, and Problem-Solving Reading Mat Activities.

These suggestions are provided as guidance, since the activities are not limited for use by any certain group. As a teacher, you will know best what resources to select to effectively support your students.

And don’t forget to utilize Intervention, On-Level and Advanced Homework, which is available via the Technology Center. It provides differentiation using homework related to the lesson and is based on students’ needs and level of understanding. Practice Buddy, powered by MathXL® for School provides on-level practice for Grades 3–5. Adaptive Homework & Practice Powered by Knewton provides support for students in Grades 3–5 for the Homework & Practice portion of each lesson.

Check out more here on My Pearson Training:

Teaching a Lesson

Problem-Based Learning

Visual Math Strategies with Stuart Murphy

Assessment Support

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