Field Observation #1
Friday, February 11, 2011
Lesson Objective: to review Multiplication and to learn division.
Following the ‘morning meeting’, the teacher sends the students back to their desks to
begin Math, the first lesson of the day.
In recent lessons, the students have been learning
about different methods of multiplication and estimation, of which there is a Quiz on
these subjects today. Each student sits at their own desk, which are positioned in groups
of three, four, or five.
Each student has his or her own mini-whiteboard to follow along
with the review before the quiz.
The teacher begins the review by asking students for a 2-digit and a 1-digit number to be
multiplied. A girl volunteers for the first, a boy is called on for the second.
shows these two numbers on the projector screen and instructs the students to solve by
any method, showing their work.
She then walks about the room, checking the students’
work, and assisting them when they ask for help. After having a volunteer show his work,
the teacher asks for a show of hands to see how many students used each method of
She then does the same exercise for a 2-digit by 2-digit multiplication
While walking around the room, the teacher mentions how crucial making a
“ball-park” estimation is in solving problems with bigger numbers.
The teacher then asks
one girl what her answer is, and asks another girl if she had the same answer.
girl needed the first to repeat the answer louder so she could hear her from the other side
of the room, but they did have the same answer.
The teacher then shows how to solve the
problem, including holding place values to line up the answers.
A girl mentions she
knows how to do this because she reviewed at home with her father, and the teacher
replies with “That’s very good,” and a smile.
During the next review problem, a student’s
whiteboard makes a squeaking noise, and a group of girls sitting in one group giggle to
The teacher asks who needs another minute to do the review question, and
continues walking around the room, giving one student a high-five and saying “Good
job,” after checking his work.
After going over the last problem on the projector, the teacher explains to the
students why they learn different ways to multiply.
One student from each table is
instructed to collect all of the review supplies from his or her table and put them away.
The quiz is then handed out, and the students are given special directions, where they
only need to do 5 problems from page two, 5 from page 3, and for extra credit up to 5 on
page one. They are then to cross out any problems where a factor is 1 or 0, and that if
they give “ball-park” estimates they will receive a bonus point.
One student says “nice,”
another says “ok,” and a girl asks the teacher if the problems that the teacher missed
containing 1s or 0s are to be crossed off as well.
The teacher says yes and thanks the girl