# observed maths lesson on Monday

Discussion in 'Primary' started by thedancingqueen, May 21, 2011.

2. ### thedancingqueen

My main worry is that the whole process of making the fat balls is disgusting and handling the lard is dusgusting. I have gloves for them to wear but I'm sure some children will still not be keen to make them. I could have made biscuits or something instead but I thought fat balls would be a good cross curricular link. I just need to make sure the lesson is focused on ratios. I'm really worried so if anyone can suggest my learning objective and how to keep the lesson really focused and impressive, I'd really appreciate it.

3. ### Lost Jumper

If you're working from the Framework, your objective would be:
* Use sequences to scale numbers up or down; solve problems involving proportions of quantities (e.g. decrease quantities in a recipe designed to feed six people)
I've done this with my Y5s with making smoothies but not in an observed lesson. While we've been blending them, the other groups have had to work out the cost of their smoothie. So give them the cost of 100g bananas, they have to work out how much weight and money they used.
If yours work in groups on the fat balls, you need to make sure all are involved in the calculations to show progress of all children.
For you plenary, perhaps how much weight/cost the whole class has used with numbe rof ball made. Then discuss strategies. ie If you made 28 balls. They should know cost of 10 and 1 ball. So did they do 1 ball X 28, or 10 balls + 10 balls + 8 balls etc.
Hope that helps!

4. ### inq

Instead of having an inflatable ball to slot questions in write 6 questions, numbered 1-6, on the board, get children to throw a dice to choose their question to answer.