Concept Attainment Lesson Plan
Standards: Students will use numbers to count,
measure, compare, order, scale, locate and label, and use a variety of numerical representations to present, interpret, communicate
and connect various kinds of numerical information. (Connecticut’s
Common Core of Learning, K-12 Content Standards, Number Sense)
Background: For students to perform successfully, it is necessary that they know how
to correctly identify numbers zero to one hundred. Students should also know how to count by five’s. By observation,
the students have shown that they understand these concepts.
Learning Objective: Students will be able to make connections between previous knowledge
and extend their knowledge of a new concept. Students will also learn how to sort various numbers.
To ensure that students have mastered the objective of this lesson students will have
to create their own examples of the concept to demonstrate their knowledge.
Teacher: Chart paper, flashcards, markers
Student: Number Chart
Teaching Model/ Strategy: The students will be
engaged in a concept attainment lesson. This
model is beneficial to the students learning in many ways. This model is more effective than a direct instruction for this
lesson. The concept attainment model is teaching students to really look at a
concept and to define it on their own terms.
To initiate the lesson and to get the students involved, the teacher will have the students look at their number chart from
one to one hundred. The students will follow along with the teacher by counting
by fives from zero to one hundred. Students will be ‘tracking’ and the teacher will be observing all students
to be positive that every student understands the concept of counting by fives one to one hundred.
Lesson Development: Begin by making a list on the chart paper of positive examples (written as, Yes) and negative examples (written as, No).
Under each heading write three examples of positive examples and three examples of negative examples. An example of what would
be listed in the positive list would be: 25, 85, and 30. An example of what would be listed in the negative list would be:
32, 67, and 13. Continue the lesson by holding up flashcards of various numbers
that also have written on them, yes or no: (example: 45/Yes, 98/No). After there
have been at least five examples in each list, then show the students flashcards that are fives and others that are not, that
don’t identify yes or no. Have the student identify which category the number should be placed on the chart paper. Some students will be able to quickly identify the common characteristic of the numbers.
Others may need to see several examples and then have an explanation. For the teacher to distinguish who understand the concept,
the teacher will ask the students to give examples of numbers that would be in either category. After having several examples
listed under both categories, ask the students if they can correctly identify the concept. After identifying and defining
the concept with the students, refer to the chart paper and instead of writing, “yes”, write fives and instead
of writing “no”, write numbers.
Closure: To be certain that
the students’ have understood the lesson, the teacher will identify a new concept. The positive examples could be numbers
with zero in the ones place, (ex: 10, 20, 30) and the negative examples could be numbers with threes in the ones place, (ex:
23, 43, 83). Just by repeating the whole process, students will be more clear
of what to look for after already completing one full example.