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Lesson Plan: A concept development lesson about matching graphs, descriptions and tables (card matching).

Subject: Mathematics
Age of students: 13-14 years
Non-digital Technology: Small and big cards as well as mini-whiteboards
Functionalities of Technology: Sending and displaying
Time needed: 60-90 minutes
FaSMEd partner: African Institute For Mathematical Sciences
School Enrichment Centre

This lesson is about interpreting distance-time graphs. After a brief introduction supported by a PowerPoint presentation, students work in pairs on a card-matching activity. There are three sets of cards: graphs, stories and tables of data. Students are first given the graph and story cards to match, and once they have matched these, they are given the third set of cards, asked to match them with the existing pairs and possibly make changes to the existing pairs. After the activity the teacher holds a class discussion aiming to draw out bigger conceptual issues such as how gradient relates to speed.


Formative assessment in Science and
Mathematics Education (FaSMEd)
The Research Centre for Learning and Teaching
Newcastle University