Students build new knowledge during the Learn component of a Eureka Math2® lesson. It is the heart of the lesson, so you’ll usually spend most of your time on Learn. As you plan this part of the lesson, there are some things to keep in mind.
Select and connect.
Learn may include direct instruction, guided instruction, group work, partner activities, or maybe a digital interactive. The problem set is also part of Learn. Select the activities and problems you’ll prioritize to help your students build understanding and plan how you’ll connect these activities and problems to the other parts of the lesson.
- Connect to Fluency activities: Call out the Fluency skills students practiced when they use them during Learn.
- Connect to Launch: If the Launch activity activated prior learning students will use during the lesson, make sure they see how they’re applying that prior knowledge during Learn.
- Connect during Land: Plan and ask debriefing questions that reinforce what students did in Learn.
Making connections among lesson components helps students make sense of the mathematics and retain their learning over time.
Focus on intentional questioning.
In your Teach book, you’ll find many questions you can ask your students. As you plan, find a couple questions that will spark curiosity and drive rich conversation. Make sure to use these high-level questions during the lesson to strengthen mathematical discourse, inquiry, and curiosity. Start with the suggestions in the Teach book, but plan to tailor your questions to meet your students’ specific discourse needs. It’s okay to use some questions in the Teach book and not others, to modify the questions, or to insert additional questions. Consider the purposes the questions serve and how you want to use the questions to help students build understanding. As you plan, also consider how you want students to respond. Which questions will you use as turn and talks? How will you ensure all students get the chance to share their thinking? The instructional decisions you make as a teacher during Learn and throughout the lesson should be tailored to get the most out of your students.
Differentiate for your students.
You’ll want to customize Learn to meet your students’ needs. And the easiest place to start to do this is the blue margin boxes in your Teach book. You’ll find lots of advice there, including specific suggestions on how to provide support, create challenge, and handle language needs. As you plan each lesson with your students in mind, think about where your students might encounter barriers to learning or when they are ready for a challenge. Consider which of the margin box suggestions will help your students get the most learning out of the lesson.
Learn is when new learning unfolds and students discover important math concepts. It will be a highly engaging part of the lesson when you select the problems your students will use, help them make connections, get discourse going through questioning, and differentiate as needed. It sounds like a lot, but your Teach book has what you need to make those instructional choices quickly and easily. Then your students will have their eureka moments of math discovery.
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Asma is an implementation leader for LAUSD with Great Minds. She has been in education for over 20 years.