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Brad Ankney Secondary Adaptation and Strategy Intervention Project Part I November 20, 2011

Summary of Content Area Lesson The lesson I selected for this project can be accessed at the following URL: http://illuminations.nctm.org/lessondetail.aspx?ID=L511 General Information: The lesson is an experiment using data that is generated by students. Then students use unit rates to create and solve proportions. Specific Information: The lesson requires students to work in pairs and do a selected activity for one minute. Working in pairs one student performs the activity the other counts and records the number of times it can be done in one minute. This is the unit rate for the activity. Then students will set up and solve proportions to determine how many times the activity could be completed in other periods of time. Comments: The activities of this lesson require the physical activity of performing the activities or if doing the alphabet that the student knows the alphabet and can speak it. Activities could be modified and with flexibility this lesson could work well for all students. Demands of the Content Area Lesson: -Vocabulary demands of the lesson are ratio, rate, unit rate, variable and proportion. -The students will need the physical ability to do jumping jacks or hop on one foot or have the speech and knowledge of the alphabet and be able to repeat it repeatedly. -Multiplication skills either with or without a calculator to solve proportions. -Be able to use a timer and record data for the experiment. -Have the listening skills to be able to understand and follow directions for the experiment. -Have the note taking skills to record notes of the vocabulary words and highlight procedures for the experiment. Description of the Case Study Subject: Brian is an 8th grade student who is diagnosed with a learning disability. Some of the more common attributes of students with learning disabilities that Brian display include; low achievement, easily distractible, inattention, difficulty processing information and lack of motivation. Brian has difficulties in reading and writing. Unknown words and reading aloud are frustrating to Brian, his grade level decoding skills are 75% and typical scores on vocabulary tests are generally around 60%. Data also shows that when reading aloud Brian comprehends 85% of grade level material. Brian has trouble orienting toward important activities in the classroom. Independent reading requires frequent redirection to help keep Brian focused (typically 5 promts in a 20 minute period). 85% of Brians written sentences are simple sentences that do not use adverbs or adjectives. 66% of Brians sentences do not contain correct punctuation. Writing is often accompanied by difficulty with monitoring his thinking and he has problems with motivation. Lack of information on his math skills will lead me to create the following characteristics. Brian has grade level basic math skills but has difficulty with fractions and long division. Brian likes

Brad Ankney Secondary Adaptation and Strategy Intervention Project Part I November 20, 2011 math and plans on a career as either a carpenter or welder and is actively exploring both occupations.