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TeachNet Grant: Math Matters
Jeffrey Gross

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Elementary School
PS 153
New York, NY 10031

Grade/Subject: 2nd (appropriate for 1-5): Math, Technology, Literacy
About the Grant:

Students explore mathematical concepts through hands-on activities and real life application. The students will use the internet to transfer, extend, and reinforce their day to day learning. Students meet core content strands within the New York State Math Standards.

Through both individual and collaborative projects focusing on mathematical concepts, students will study and represent their findings. They will use the Internet as both a research tool as well as a gateway to images, applications, and information to develop innovative and creative projects. These projects will be shared with family, friends, and our school community at a 2nd Grade Math Fair.

Materials - An assortment of age appropriate, non-fiction and fiction texts related to math. These books can be informational and/or have characters that use math in their everyday lives. Fraction Action by Lorreen Leedy, The Penny Pot by Stuart J. Murphy, Lemonade for Sale by Stuart Murphy, Alexander Who Used to be Rich last Sunday by Judith Viorst and Lunch Money by Andrew Clements will be used as anchor text; Computer with Internet Access; Digital Projector; 3 Fold Boards or other related presentational items; Power point; crayons; paper; paints; math manipulatives such as coins, attribute shapes; fraction strips.

Students will have the opportunity to apply mathematical concepts to their real life learning. For example, after reading Lemonade for Sale, engaging in a class discussion and completing coin exchange activities online and offline, students will respond to “Lemonade for Sale” by creating a classroom store.

Final Project/Product - Give us at least one example of a culminating activity or project students are required to complete.

In order to facilitate differentiated instruction, students will have a choice of end product that is based on their interests and/or skill level. Students will have the opportunity to create a product to be used in a 2nd Grade Math Fair. Some culminating projects might include a symmetry book, a classroom store, a theatrical version of Alexander Who Used to be Rich last Sunday by Judith Viorst, a PowerPoint weather chart or create a new math game.

How This Grant was Adapted: Describe the best features and innovative aspects of your project. Be sure to provide useful ideas to help with classroom implementation of your unit for other educators.

The students will benefit from learning in such a creative manner. They will have many opportunities to tap into their individual interests as well as develop a range of critical educational skills. Students will participate in a truly integrated curriculum. They will use internet activities to hone their mathematical skills. In addition, online research will connect them to real life scenarios that represent mathematical concepts.

Tips for the Teacher - Provide useful ideas to help in implementation. Explain why teachers would want to adapt your unit for their classes.

Teachers can adapt this unit for any grade level. It is important to find a math area that truly interests your students or one that you think might foster their mathematical development. For example, a fifth grade class might start a can drive. As more cans are donated, they could explore estimation, weight, and data collection with online graphing tools.

Project URL

Is your project already online? If so, please post the link here and a brief description of your web site. Since your project is already on the web, you do not have to include specific lesson plans, and are only required to complete sections 1-3 to be eligible.



What will students be expected to know once the project is complete? Please include 4-8 learning objectives for your unit.

Objective 1: Students will be able to represent mathematical ideas in a real life context.

Objective 2: Students will explore math ideas through literacy.

Objective 3: Students will learn that the Internet can be used to find and research information

Objective 4: Students will communicate math ideas in multiple ways.

Objective 5: Students will learn about documenting sources in research.

Objective 6: Students will learn to collect data as it relates to weather.

Objective 7: Students will use online software programs to graph data.

Objective 8: Students will learn to work in collaborative groups.

Objective 9: Students will participate in a series of math projects.

Websites Used Include web links used in your unit, which should be free and accessible to all. Please provide a brief description of each web link cited.

Link 1: Cool Math Games
Description: an interactive website designed to support students exploration of math.

Link 2: Ask Dr. Math
Description: A math question and answer site for all ages.

Link 3: Create a Graph
Description: This link is a part of the NCES’ Kidszone. It provides information and online tutorials for graphing and other math content.

Link 4: http://weather.com/
Description: A website dedicated to weather and current weather conditions from around the world. This is a useful website for collecting weather data.

Link 5: http://education.noaa.gov/
Description: a website about weather and weather conditions with a section geared towards students. This is useful website for collecting weather data.

Standards Addressed: Please list the New York State standards which apply to your unit. Indicate grade and subject area for each standard. Please copy the text of each standard; do not list them by number.

Standard 1: Students will solve problems that arise in mathematics and in other contexts.
Grades: 1-5
Subject: Mathematics

Standard 2: Recognize the connections of patterns in their everyday experiences to mathematical ideas
Grades: 1-5
Subject: Mathematics

Standard 3: Students will organize and consolidate their mathematical thinking through communication.
Grades: 1-5
Subject: Math

Standard 4: Students will use units to give meaning to measurements.
Grades: 1-5
Subject: Mathematics

Standard 5: Students will apply technological knowledge and skills to design, construct, use, and evaluate products and systems to satisfy human and environmental needs.
Grades: 1-5
Subject: Technology Education

Standard 1-5: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for information and understanding.
Grades: 1-5
Subject: English Language Arts

Standard 7: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for critical analysis and evaluation.
Grades: 1-5
Subject: English Language Arts

Standard 8: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for literary response and expression.
Grades: 1-5
Subject: English Language Arts

Standard 9: Knowing and Using Arts Materials and Resources
Students will be knowledgeable about and make use of the materials and resources available for participation in the arts in various roles.
Grades: 1-5
Subject: Visual Arts

Lesson 1: Lesson 1: List the title, objectives, materials, procedures, homework and assessment.

Title – Math All Around

Project Objectives - List the learning objectives for this lesson.

Please list at least two objectives per lesson. Leave areas blank if needed.

  • Objective 1: Students will identify real world places they see math.
  • Objective 2: Students will complete a “Math All Around Chart”
  • Objective 3: Students will work together to discuss places they see math.
  • Objective 4: Students will complete a sign/poster of places they see math.

Materials - Please list the materials or software needed for this lesson. Leave areas blank if needed.

  • Materials 1: Chart Paper
  • Materials 2: Math Manipulatives such as coins, pattern blocks, unifix cubes
  • Materials 3: Markers/crayons
  • Materials 4: Post-its
  • Materials 5: Paper

Procedures - List in a step-by-step fashion what the teacher and students are required to do in order to complete the lesson.

Leave areas blank if needed.

  • Procedure 1: Children will respond to the question, “Where do you see math? They will discuss their findings with a partner.
  • Procedure 2: Children will respond to the question, “Can you please, write the name and/or a place you see math?”
  • Procedure 3: Students attach their post-its to a chart titled, “Math All Around”
  • Procedure 4: The children will discuss as a group some of the post-its.
  • Procedure 5: The teacher introduces the launch of the unit and the upcoming class investigation into different “Math Matters”.
  • Procedure 6: As a class, the students will list what they know about Math.
  • Procedure 7: With partners, students work to create a poster or sign that shows with t places they see math.
  • Procedure 8: The class will come together to discuss their posters.

Homework - List any homework assignments required of this lesson. Leave this area blank if needed.

Students will find a book that includes math content. This can be either fiction or non-fiction.

Assessment - How do you know that the students have learned the material? Please include any formal or informal assessments for each lesson. Leave this area blank if needed.

The post-its and posters will serve as informal assessments of the lesson and future direction and pace of future lessons within the unit.

Lesson 2: Lesson 2

Title – If You Don’t Have Lemons Buy Lemonade!

Project Objectives

  • Objective 1: Students will discuss key findings from a read-aloud.
  • Objective 2: Students will make connections based on what they’ve heard.
  • Objective 3: Students will listen and speak for critical analysis.
  • Objective 4: Students will engage in a student-centered discussion.


  • Materials 1: Lemonade for Sale by Stuart J. Murphy


  • Procedure 1: The teacher will read aloud the book Lemonade for Sale
  • Procedure 2: The teacher will ask students to make personal connections to ideas in the book.
  • Procedure 3: Students will share their findings, for example one student might share about how his/her brother or sister tried to raise money with a bake sale.
  • Procedure 4: The class will determine one topic they would like to discuss as a group.
  • Procedure 5: Students will make a list of both key math concepts and language arts themes within the book (i.e. graphs and friendship)
  • Procedure 6: Students will engage in a Literature Circle based on this interactive read aloud.
  • Procedure 7: As a wrap up activity, the students play as a class the online game Lemonade Stand (http://coolmath-games.com/lemonade/index.html)


  • Students will survey at least 10 people and ask them their favorite drink.


  • Students will be assessed based on their input and employment of key reading comprehension skills used during the Literature Circle.
Lesson 3:

Lesson 3

Title: All Around the Internet


  • Students will learn how to use the Internet to collect data.
  • Students will learn how to search for temperature using the Internet.
  • Students will learn to find data to graph.


  • Computer and online access
  • Digital projector


  1. Teacher will ask the students what is the Internet?
  2. The class will make a chart of all the things that a student might use the Internet for.
  3. The teacher will discuss how we can use the Internet to find data and answer questions.
  4. The teacher will model opening a web browser.
  5. The teacher will model by going to the website Ask Dr. Math (http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/view/65099.htm) to demonstrate finding answers to questions about degrees.
  6. The teacher will assist students to find temperature based on date, city, or season by using the website Weather.com (http://weather.com/)
  7. The teacher will have students find temperatures of an American city for a one-week period.


  • Students will be assessed based on their ability to navigate the Internet and record temperature.
Lesson 4

Lesson 4

Title –Graph it! (This could span 2 days)

Project Objectives

  • Objective 1: Students will use information to create a graph.
  • Objective 2: Students will use a graph to ask and answer questions and draw conclusions.
  • Objective 3: Students will use online graphing tools.


  • Materials 1: Graphing Website
    ( http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/default.aspx )
  • Materials 2: paper
  • Materials 3: pencils
  • Materials 4: Interactive Whiteboard


  1. Procedure 1: Teacher will display samples of bar graphs.
  2. Procedure 2: Teacher will navigate to the Graphing Website.
  3. Procedure 3: Teacher will discuss with students what they notice about the website.
  4. Procedure 4: Teacher will use weather data from the prior day’s lesson to create a bar graph.
  5. Procedure 5: Teacher will model creating a graph using the Kids Zone website.
  6. Procedure 6: Students will work in partnerships to create an online weather graphs.
  7. Procedure 7: Students will assemble as a group in front of an interactive white board to discuss and compare their findings


  • Students will be assessed according to a rubric.
Lesson 5:
Lesson 6:

For the last six years, Jeffrey Gross has been teaching at PS 153 in Harlem/Washington Heights. After teaching 4th grade for three years, he moved to the 2nd grade. Jeffrey has always involved himself in projects that were aimed to support young people. Prior to teaching, he worked in both the social services and arts fields. As a teacher, he has found TeachNet to be an invaluable resource that both benefits his students as well as fosters collegiality among educators. Jeffrey looked forward to joining a dedicated corps of individuals who recognize the value of integrating technology into classroom learning. He successfully designed and implemented the 2009 Disseminator Grant Lions and Tigers and Bears…Oh My!

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