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Content Area Lesson Plan #3

Paige Gochenour
Secondary Methods

This lesson is about Arithmetic Sequences and series. The Common Core
State standard that this lesson meets is CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSF.BF.A.2. This
standard states that the student will be able to Write arithmetic and geometric
sequences both recursively and with an explicit formula, use them to model
situations, and translate between the two forms. The whole section should take
about 30 minutes minimum to complete. To differentiate instruction I will use a few
different strategies. First I will be using the overhead with most of the lesson
already visible. I also will allow students to work with a paraprofessional and
myself. Next, I will allow time for the students to discuss the lesson amongst
themselves in groups of four. My final strategy is to have the students take efficient
notes so that they can refer back to them during homework time. I also will make
myself available during their homework time so that I can help them with any
problems they may be having.
Learning Objectives:
The student will be able to find the next terms of the sequence.
The student will be able to find a particular term in a sequence.
The student will be able to write an equation for the nth term.
The student will be able to find arithmetic means.
The student will be able to find the sum of an arithmetic series.
The student will be able to find the first term.
The student will be able to find the first three terms.
The student will be able to evaluate a sum in sigma notation.

Introduction/ Anticipatory:
This concept will be new to the class. I will start out by asking the class about
how much they know about sequences. They should know at least what they are.
After this I will introduce the concept by telling the class about both sequences and
series by stating some general definitions of each I will then begin with the first

Lesson Development:
I will begin by telling the class that a sequence is a list of numbers in a
particular order. I will then explain how each number in a sequence is called a term.
Next I will tell the class that an arithmetic sequence is a sequence in which each
term after the first is found by adding a constant, called the common difference d, to
the previous term. We will then start out with an example of finding the next terms.
We will work through that example together and then do one to two more
depending on how they are picking up. Next I will do an example of finding a
particular term with the class. We will repeat. An example of write and equation for
the nth term, do an example, and then finding arithmetic means and do examples of
this. I will then put up an example of each of these concepts and have the class work
them on their own. After everyone has tried it we will go through it together and
answering questions.
I will then introduce series by saying that a series is an indicated sum of the
terms of a sequence. I will then tell them that sn is represents the sum of the first n
term of the series. I will then give them the equation for solving a series problem. I
will then do the lesson like I did with sequences by doing examples of finding the
sum of an arithmetic series, finding the first n term, finding the first three terms, and
evaluating a sum in sigma notation. After working through these with the class I will
again list some problems for the class to try on their own and then go over together.
At this time I will go back through each property and remind them of the
definitions/ formulas for each one. I will stop at each and answer any questions they
may have or do an additional example when needed.

For assessment I will walk around while working on individual problems in
class. I will also have the students do problems 2-28 in section 11.1 and problems 1-
14 in section 11.2. The following class period the class will take a quiz that my
mentor made up and I will grade them.