Choose which if statements to use for different problems
Use correct syntax for the different if statements
Teach a mini-lesson on sequential or nested if statements
Submit several practice questions
Read BJP 4.1, “Factoring if/else statements” and “Testing multiple conditions”
Complete exercises 4 and 5
Projector and computer (optional)
Whiteboard and markers
Group copies of WS 3.10
Poster paper, construction paper, white paper, and lined paper
Markers, tape, and glue sticks
Classroom copies of textbooks
Student group assignments (3-6 groups)
Have all materials out on student desks, or conveniently laid out for students to help themselves to so they can start right away, with minimal instruction from you. Don’t forget to circle which if/else statements students should be presenting on.
Your hook for today’s lesson is to turn the reins over to students immediately. Have instructions printed out and sitting at team work stations (or on student desks). Make students answer their own questions using the instruction sheet and text book.
Give students 20 minutes to prepare their presentation. Use a timer and periodically announce how much time is left in class so students can pace themselves.
Give students 5 minutes per team to present their topic.
Encourage students to ask questions, and be sure to ask a question or two of each team (depending on how many teams you have).
Leave about 10–15 minutes at the end of class for students to individually complete practice questions:
Self-Check 4.5: ifElseMystery1
Self-Check 4.6: ifElseMystery2
Exercise 4.3: season
After this lesson, students will be able to answer questions from the College Board Unit 3 Topic Questions 3.5 Compound Boolean expressions, 3.6 Equivaletn Boolean Expressions, and 3.7 Comparing Objects
Circle around the room to help students through reading the text in the textbook. Make sure that each of your working teams are properly stratified (rather than using tiered grouping).
If students are speeding along, encourage students to write down questions to pose to other groups during mini-lessons.