2 Lesson plans

Because he thinks it is the group that will most benefit, Mr. Shelton begins to differentiate instruction in his Algebra I class. Below are two plans for the same lesson on multiplying polynomials. The first is from the year that Mr. Shelton began differentiating instruction. The second is from his fourth year of differentiating instruction.

Algebra I (Year 1)

Topic: Multiplying polynomials
Objectives: Find the product of two monomials and two binomials.

Note: Instruction guided by preassessment (end of chapter test)

10:00–10:30 Whole group Introduce and demonstrate the FOIL (first, outer, inner, last) method using explicit instruction. Call on students to help solve problems (guided practice).
10:30–10:45 Pairs or independent Assign class problems and allow students to work with a partner or alone to complete. Monitor students as they work.
10:45–10:55 Whole group Review problems or steps that students are having difficulty with.
Algebra I (Year 4)

Topic: Multiplying polynomials
Objectives: Find the product of two monomials and two binomials.

Note: Instruction guided by preassessment (teacher-created)

10:00–10:20 Whole group Introduce and demonstrate the FOIL method. Make available graphic organizers that students can use to take notes.
10:20–10:45 Small group Work with struggling learners. Help students to solve problems using graphic organizers.
Independent Other students will work on tiered activities in the learning center.
10:45–10:55 Whole group Review and answer any questions.
Pass out exit cards to get an idea of who understands the topic and what needs to be reviewed the following lesson.
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