Chris Adcock
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Lesson Plan
Middle School
6th Grade Mathematics, Problem-solving
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Education Standards

Student Presentations

Student Presentations


Student groups make their presentations, provide feedback for other students’ presentations, and get evaluated on their listening skills.

Key Concepts

In this culminating event, students must present their project plan and solution to the class. The presentation allows students to explain their problem-solving plan, to communicate their reasoning, and to construct a viable argument about a mathematical problem. Students also listen to other project presentations and provide feedback to the presenters. Listeners have the opportunity to critique the mathematical reasoning of others.

Goals and Learning Objectives

  • Present project to the class.
  • Give feedback on other project presentations.
  • Exhibit good listening skills.

Give Feedback and Be a Good Listener

Lesson Guide

Schedule the project presentations based on the length of your mathematics period and the number of presentations.

Organize project presentations in the way you think best supports your students’ growth in these areas:

  • Making choices in math class
  • Doing independent and sustained work
  • Talking about their mathematical thinking to each other and to you

Tell students that the presentation order will be randomly determined, with each slot filled immediately before the presentation. This arrangement helps students attend to all presenters (rather than counting down the minutes until their own presentation). Randomly select the presenters on your computer or draw papers from a hat—just make sure your students trust that your method really is random.

Assign a student to be the timer and announce “one minute left” for each presenter. This relieves you of watching the clock, helps all students get accustomed to how quickly the time passes, and lets the presenters make a proper conclusion.

Project Evaluation

Students first saw the scoring rubric in Lesson 8 and had a chance to add to it in Lesson 12, so the rubric should now be quite familiar to them. Tell the class that the rubric scores and comments for each presentation will be available after the last presentation on the second day. Students will be able to access their own (and only their own) project evaluations.

Have a large copy of the project rubric posted in the classroom if it is not posted already.

Feedback Form

Tell students that listeners will have the chance to provide feedback to the presenters immediately after each presentation. Listeners will have 2 minutes to enter their feedback to one or both prompts on the document. At the end of Lesson 19, all presenters will gain access to the listeners’ feedback on their presentation (and can read it then or later).

Have students access the Feedback Form. Have students practice completing and saving the document once. Listeners will fill it in after each presentation.

Listener Checklist

Review the Listener Checklist. Explain that you will rate the class on how well they are listening during the presentations. Encourage students to use these listening skills during the presentations.


Give Feedback and Be a Good Listener

Student groups will present their projects.

  • You will fill out the Feedback Form for each presentation. Look at the Feedback Form. Practice completing it. Note that the project rubric is posted in the classroom for your reference.
  • Look at the Listener Checklist. Your teacher will rate the class on these listening skills during the presentations, so try to use these skills as you listen to the presentations.

HANDOUT: Feedback Form

INTERACTIVE: Listener Checklist

Math Mission

Lesson Guide

Discuss the Math Mission. Students will present their projects and evaluate their classmates’ projects.


Present your project and evaluate your classmates' projects.

Present Projects

Lesson Guide

Treat the presentations like the dress rehearsal of a play: don’t interrupt except to avert a disaster. Evaluate the projects and evaluate the listeners. After each presentation remind listeners to use the Feedback Form. Support the presenters as unobtrusively as possible. Identify what you’ll change for the next project (or, if truly necessary, for later presentations).

Make sure you fill in a project rubric for each presentation. Also take note of student behavior and fill in the Listener Checklist during the project presentations.

Remind the class that at the end of the second day of presentations, students will gain access to these data:

  • The rubric evaluation of their project
  • Their classmates’ feedback on their project
  • Their Listener Checklist (your evaluation of the student as a listener)

Performance Task

Present Projects

  • Complete the Feedback Form after each presentation.
  • The presenters will have a chance to read your feedback. So, do your best to make your comments honest, considerate, and specific.

HANDOUT: Feedback Form

INTERACTIVE: Listener Checklist

Reflect On Your Work

Lesson Guide

Have each student write a brief reflection before the end of class. Review the reflections to learn what each student’s favorite presentation was and why it was their favorite.

Work Time


Write a reflection about today’s project presentations. Use the sentence starter below if you find it to be helpful.

My favorite presentation was ______ because ______.