Three lessons to internalise maths learning from the “Mars- The Red Planet” maths unit. Children work in mixed ability groups to create video diaries from Mars explaining previous learning. Prior lessons in the unit are available here here. To take part in trialling any resources for free please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The lessons consist of:
- An introduction of the task with groups planning and practising drama through a video diary like context, explaining temperature change on Mars, adding and subtracting calories and multiplying to calculate survival chances on Mars.
- Groups move on to plan and practise drama to divide calories to share food, repair a satellite and describe mysterious 3D objects on Mars.
- The third lesson involves the groups performing and evaluating their video diaries.
The lessons are aimed at children at an age 10/11 level (Year 6 in England and Wales).
The lesson’s context revolves around a mission to Mars where we are marooned and have to struggle for survival. Pre-lesson preparation is provided with three animations from an astronaut’s first-person point of view as he or she travels and lands on Mars, making the lesson come alive for the children (see the animations here). Nine further animations set the context of managing calories to survive, trying to repair a satellite to contact Earth and then finding strange 3D objects (see the animations here).
PowerPoints provide structure, modelling, examples and explanation and review prior learning if needed.
There are lesson plans which include:
• suggested links to the Welsh, English, Northern Irish, Republic of Ireland and Australian curriculums;
• notes to provide lesson information and context;
• optional pre-lesson preparation;
• starter, main, groups and plenary sections with suggested timings (please change depending on your class);
• sections of the lesson linked to Blooms taxonomy (see www.teachingalive.co.uk for more info.);
• talk time suggestions;
• PowerPoint presentations to support teaching;
• consideration of, and reference to, different learning styles; and
• independent activities that are planned to aim to allow the teacher to support or extend an assessment group within the lesson
We aim to provide detailed and thorough planning, so there will be more information, examples and differentiation in the planning than are needed, and changes may need to be made depending on your class.
Team Teaching Alive
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P.P.S.- PowerPoints and PDFs are read only but there is no problem with any requests for changes (within reason).