Textbook Arithmetic Lesson
Because most of the students visiting Pioneer Sholes School are in the third
grade, the multiple levels of arithmetic study typically achieved in a one-room
school are less distinct than at the turn of the last century. However, to
carry out the multiple level plan already laid out for reading and spelling
instruction, the teacher can once again divide the class into three reader
levels and assign work from the photocopies of antique text books kept at
Pioneer Sholes School in the bottom of the book case in the back of the room.
Goal: To study the concept of the number twelve as a whole
number and as a product of its fractional parts.
- Level One: Daniel W. Fish, Robinson's Shorter Course, First Book
in Arithmetic, Ivison, Blakeman, Taylor & Co. New York and
Chicago, 1874. Lesson XXX, p. 40.
- Level Two: S. A. Felter, An Introduction to the "Arithmetical
Analysis" Designed for the Primary Schools, Containing Mental, Slate, and
Blackboard Exercises. Scribner, Armstrong and Company. New York,
n.d. Lesson 49, p. 36.
- Level Three:Daniel W. Fish, Robinson's Shorter Course, The
Complete Arithmetic, Oral and Written. American Book Company.
New York and Chicago, 1874. Lesson CXXVI, pg. 136
Recitation and Evaluation:
- Level One: Do numbers 1-17 silently. Write number 18 as directed on
- Level Two: Do numbers 1 and 2 as shown on your slate. Do number 3
aloud with a partner.
- Level Three: Make the chart as shown in the middle of the page. Do
exercise 2, 3, and 4 aloud with a partner.
(Thanks to Hazel Clauter for ideas in this lesson.)
- Levels One and Two: Recite responses to items as directed by the
- Level Three: Demonstrate the use of the chart to the entire class.
Each member of the level group recited one side of the chart.
Illinois Learning Standards 6.A.2, 6.B.1
Continue to the spelling lesson.
Return to the Introduction.