Poe's Pie: Math Puzzlers In Classic Poems By J. Patrick Lewis

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Materials
16 microscopes, worksheets, scratch paper, pencils, safety googles, chemical-resistant gloves, toothpicks, sugar, salt, onion, pencil shavings, corn starch/flour, elodea leaves, Methylene blue, procedures for each station, prepared slides with pencil shavings, corn starch, sugar, salt.
Grouping
Students will be working in pairs so that they can discuss their observations, and share their thoughts about what they see. In the end of the lesson, they will share their notes with groups and then the whole class. This will help clarify misconceptions.

2. Interdisciplinary Activities:
a) Math/Literature
Students will solve a math puzzler found in the poem entitled “Shel Silverstein’s Hippo-po-tah-tum” by J. Patrick Lewis. This is a very short activity reinforcing the concept of a living thing and its attributes. Have students answer what characteristics of a living
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Patrick Lewis, pencils, scratch paper
Grouping
Students will work in pairs so as they could discuss how to solve a problem in the poem.

b) Reading (the activity was retrieved from https://betterlesson.com/lesson/613848/cells-the-basic-building-blocks-of-living-things)
Students will participate in close reading of “Cells that Make Us” article. Students annotate text by first marking the text and then writing and drawing in the margins using the Avid strategy (Attachment 6) After that, students answer the questions (Attachment 7). The purpose of this activity is to reinforce the concept that living things are made of cells, the concepts of unicellular and multicellular organisms, and also connect the Microscope Mania activity with theory.
Materials
Cells That Make Us articles for each student Attachment 7), pencils, dictionaries
Grouping
At this point I would like students to work individually. This will help me assess what they have learned so far.
Differentiation
ELL students will have access to

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