Beacon Unit Plan Library

Unit Plans - Learner Level 2: Mathematics

• A Television In My Room (Authored by Sandi King.)

• Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
Description: How can students show that they are responsible? This unit integrates science, mathematics, and language arts contents to help students discover ways they can show they are responsible enough to have televisions in their rooms.

• Data, Detectives and Decisions (Authored by Lisa Ove Gibson.)

Description: Data, Detectives and Decisions involves students in mathematical problem-solving processes. Faced with the dilemma, “How much time should the average fifth-grade student spend on homework to make good grades?” students begin generating, collecting, organizing, and displaying data to show representative samples of male/female students, and teachers on the subject. Students determine the range and measures of central tendency (mean, median, and mode) from sets of data, and use these measures to identify patterns and relationships in the data. During the process, students face and answer questions such as, “Which types of graphs are appropriate for the different kinds of data?” and “How are the different statistical measures (range and measures of central tendency) used to interpret the data?” Students use the skills and processes learned during class in a simulated statistical journey called Collecting Clues and Analyzing Answers. Students' reflections are recorded in a Detective Diary. (An optional oral presentation is included with this unit with coordinating Language Arts extensions.)

• In Days of Old, Before Columbus (Authored by Sandi King.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
Description: In Days of Old, Before Columbus introduces third graders to developments in history prior to the Renaissance with focus on 12th century Europe (1200-1300). Students will be actively involved in learning about the feudal system of government and aspects of family life in the different classes within this system. Students will learn about early transportation and communication and how they affected the lives of the people. Students will explore trade, cultural and intellectual achievements, and scientific and technological advancements of the time. Time lines will be built and used extensively as a visual assistant to students.

• Outer Space and Cyber Space (Authored by Sandi King.)

Description: Space travel is an exciting adventure, but what is really out there in space? In this unit, students learn about our Solar System and compare and contrast characteristics of various planets. They explore mean, median, mode, and range and use these to further explore the characteristics of the planets. The sharing of information through expository writing, placed on the Internet as a Web page using Beacon’s SiteMaker tool, will bring outer space into cyber space.

• We the People (Authored by Sandi King.)

• Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
Description: What are the rights and responsibilities of citizenship? Who are your state and local elected officials? Which officials can you turn to for help? This integrated unit uses reading strategies, reflection activities, graphic organizers, and technology tools to teach the rights and responsibilities of citizens. The US and Florida constitutions are examined to document the purpose, structure, and responsibilities of the branches of government and those elected officials who serve in them.

• Wellness Wonders (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)