Heather Weinshank

Lesson Ideas
from Heather Weinshank

Heather is an experienced elementary educator who has taught grades K-3, as well computers and STEAM. She is currently a technology coach, working with teachers in grades K-5, to help integrate technology into their lessons and curriculum.

Perfect Patterns

Students will create and explain their own number patterns and rules.

Coach It!- Problem Solving

Students will use key words to solve word problems involving multiplication and/or division and create a problem solving comic of their own.

There’s An App For That

In this lesson, students will develop the idea for an app that will solve a school or home problem.

Writing Multi-Digit Word Problems

In this lesson, students will create word problems requiring addition or subtraction of multi-digit numbers. Students will solve word problems written by a classmate.

Comparing Numbers

In this lesson, students will read and write numbers in base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form. Students will also compare numbers using >, <, = symbols.

The Mighty Power of 10

In this lesson, students will explain the pattern of the number of zeros of the product when multiplying by powers of 10. Students will recognize that powers of 10 are represented as 10 with an exponent.

Guess My Number

In this lesson, students will provide clues to the location of a mystery rational number on the number line.

What’s the Ratio?

Students will define the meaning of a ratio and provide several examples using real-life scenarios.

Calling All Inventors!

In this lesson, students will imagine an invention that would solve a problem at home or at school e.g., completing chores, losing items around the house, being able to focus on homework, an improved lunchbox or backpack, carrying heavy materials for class, etc.

Justify the Symmetry

In this lesson, students will explain how they know whether a sample object is or is not symmetrical.

Thanks For The Tip

Students will use percentages in order to determine how much to tip while creating a fun, mathematical comic.

Distance Problems

Students will interpret data to write and solve a real-world word problem involving distance.

Global Problem Solvers

In this lesson, students will describe an invention that would solve a global/ environmental problem e.g., flooding, waste disposal, pollution, extreme heat, etc..

Code It & Define It

In this lesson, students will define a coding term by describing and providing an example of it in context.

STEM is Everywhere

In this lesson, students will choose a future career that interests them and create a STEM comic.

Dare to Compare

In this lesson, students will work in pairs to explain how to create common denominators and compare fractions. Students will show the calculations used to create common denominators on a separate worksheet.

Staying Safe Online

In this lesson, students will share what they know about staying safe online.

Calling All Superheroes!

Students will brainstorm and create a STEM superhero based on one of the components of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). Students will craft a scenario/storyline for their superhero based on their traits and STEM area of expertise.

Perfectly Proportionate… or Are They?

Analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve real-world and mathematical problems. Students will justify and explain if two given quantities are proportional.

Interpreter Needed!

Students will write their own equations using parentheses, brackets, and/or braces and explain the order of how to solve.

Step-By-Step Solve It

Students will explain the solution of multistep word problems using the four operations.

Shape Riddles

In this lesson, students will craft riddles to describe 2D shapes based on their points, angles, and lines.

Shape Classifications

In this lesson, students will classify a given set of shapes and provide an explanation to justify their answer.

Area & Perimeter

In this lesson, students will write and solve word problems for the perimeter or area of a rectangle.

Pattern Pair Play

Students will create a numerical pattern using a given rule and apply to generate ordered pairs. Students will explain the relationship between the numbers.

Exponent Power

In this lesson, students will learn to write and evaluate matching expressions and exponential form involving whole-number exponents.

Factor Finder

In this lesson, students will learn about prime and composite numbers and their factors.

Fraction Word Problems

In this lesson, students will write and solve word problems involving the addition or subtraction of fractions with like denominators.

Find The Good

In this lesson, students will describe a beneficial way to utilize the Internet and/or social media that impacts the greater good.

STEM Challenge Reflection

In this lesson, students can reflect after completing a STEM challenge to show their thought process and reflect upon the results.