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Texas Lesson Study (TXLS) is inquiry-based, job-embedded professional development where teachers work collaboratively to develop, teach, and assess research-based lessons. Training and meeting schedules for TXLS are tailored to fit each campus' needs. Teacher-designed lessons created as part of TXLS are video recorded and available on the Texas Gateway. TXLS is part of the TEA strategic plan 2017-2021, set forth by Commissioner Mike Morath. 


Published lessons are available on the Texas Gateway and include research, formative assessment, materials, plan, and a reflection. Use the tabs above to view lessons for each grade level. 

Please note, you will have to sign up for a free account on Texas Gateway to be able to access these lessons. 


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The Picture Graph Party

K(8)(B), K(8)(C)

Students will explore and create picture graphs through collaboration and group work.

Balancing Act


Students use a pan balance model and manipulatives to identify a total that balances two parts. The use of the pan balance will help to develop the concept of equality. Students will develop the language of equality by reading and identifying the following expressions; balances, is the same as, is equal to, and equal before the symbol for equality is introduced. Students will identify an unknown part in a balance situation. Students will communicate ideas, explain, and justify how they solved problems.

1st grade

Making Ten is as Easy as Pie!

1(1)(E), 1(3)(C)

Students will practice composing 10 by interacting with a counting story, playing a dice game with ten frames and response sheets, and participating in a small group to extend the learning with three addends.

It’s All About the Bend, No Breaking


Students will experiment with choosing tools to measure around a previously created pet habitat in preparation for choosing appropriately sized food bowls. Students will use a graphic organizer to record tools chosen and why they were or were not a good choice for continuous measurement.

Subtraction Seekers


Students will be introduced to subtraction in an inquiry-based lesson that uses concrete examples and allows students to explore through different settings and scenarios.

Lines of Symmetry

1(1)(A); 1(1)(D); 1(1)(E); 1(1)(F); 1(1)(G); 1(6)(G)

Students will work collaboratively with a partner to discover what is a line of symmetry.

Humpty Dumpty’s Mystery Fall

1(1)(E), 1(5)(D), 1(5)(E), 1(5)(F)

Students will listen to the story of Humpty Dumpty and share what they know about the nursery rhyme character. Then, they will help solve the math mystery of Humpty Dumpty and determine the number of broken eggs by finding the missing addend.

Comparing in Stations

1(2)(D); 1(2)(E)

Students will extend their knowledge of greater than and less than to numbers 80–120. Students will work in stations to deepen their understanding and have multiple experiences with the concept.

2nd grade

Comparing Fractional Parts


Students will participate in whole-group and small-group instruction as they collaborate and use manipulatives, visuals, and hands-on activities to explore fractional parts. Ultimately, students will understand that when dividing a whole into fractions, the smaller the fractional part, the greater the number of parts, and the larger the part, the fewer the number of parts.

Subtraction on the Move


The students will participate in a number talk focused on subtraction with the subtrahend of nine. Then, they will be paired to rotate around the room working subtraction problems with and without regrouping.

Polygons and Quadrilaterals


Learners will engage in higher-level thinking and student-centered activities by building on prior knowledge of geometry, actively listening to a polygon story, and applying the new vocabulary through various hands-on rotations.

Let’s Talk Turkey


Students will work collaboratively to apply different strategies such as pictorial representations, part-part-whole, number sentences, and open number lines to solve Thanksgiving-themed one-step and multi-step word problems.

Telling Time to the Minute


The lesson requires students to match times to the nearest five-minute interval using an analog clock, digital clock, and time written in words. Students will sing a song, show and write the time to the nearest minute, and tell time using analog watches.

Ravaged Robot


Students will learn the concept of area by building a robot using manipulatives and transferring the representation onto grid paper. Then, students will determine the area of each designated body part on their think sheet.

3rd grade

Models of Multiplication


Students will solve one-step multiplication problems using various multiplication strategies, such as objects, pictorial models, arrays, equal groups, repeated addition, and number lines.

Distributive Property


Students break an array apart to represent the sum of two multiplication facts, showing the distributive property.

Learning the Two-Step Equation


Students will physically represent an array, a strip diagram, and an equation before working collaboratively in small groups to create these three models using a word problem.

Birthday Conundrum

3(4)E, 3(5)(B)

Students will work together to determine the amount of each snack item it will take to feed the guests at a birthday party using different methods of multiplication representation.

Just Graph It!

3(5)(B), 3(8)(B)

Students will be involved in a problem-solving lesson in which they are to visually represent previously collected survey data.

Multiplication at the Market

3(4)(E), 3(4)(K)

Students will solve one-step multiplication problems using concrete objects, pictorial models, arrays, and equal groups.

Analyzing Data Using a Dot Plot


Students will construct a dot plot using data collected on the faces of a cube after it is rolled. Students will then use a key to change the data to represent a larger population.

Utilize Strip Diagrams to Solve Multi-step Multiplication and Division Word Problems


Students will utilize manipulatives to create concrete and pictorial strip diagram representations in order to solve multi-step multiplication and division word problems.

What Goes in, Must Come Out 


Students will learn how to use an input-output table using real-world examples.

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4th grade

Adding Fractions on a Number Line


Students will work collaboratively in small groups to create number lines, and then use those number lines to model a real-world situation.

Make a Hit with Decimals


Students will compare and order decimals using baseball batting statistics. Through discovery, students will determine the top six out of eleven players to be recruited for the school’s baseball team, present their findings, and explain reasons for their orderings. From students’ explanation, strategies for ordering decimals will be determined and used to adjust subsequent lessons.

Interpreting Division with Remainders


Students will be given various one- and two-step word problems and asked to interpret the remainder. Students will use foldables and anchor charts to determine under which category (“Drop the Remainder,” “Add One to the Quotient,” “Share the Remainder,” or “The Remainder is the Answer”) the question will fall. After completing that portion of the lesson, students will solve division problems and determine which type of remainder question they are working with. They will use Plicker © cards to display their answers so the teacher can have immediate formative assessment data.

Time Using the Z Method


In small groups, students will calculate elapsed time using the Z method. This method helps students better understand the importance of start time and end time when performing elapsed-time calculations.

What's on the Menu


Students will practice solving one- and two-step problems in a simulated real-world situation by calculating the costs of different Thanksgiving dinners.

Open House: Challenger Oaks - Geometry by Design


Teachers will engage their students in classifying 2-dimensional shapes through a real-world experience. Students will review, design, and use technology as they classify figures using common attributes.

Organizing Olympic Outcomes

4(9)(A); 4(9)B); 

Students will explore frequency tables, dot plots, and stem and leaf plots by creating different representations from a given set of data points.

Avoiding Common Subtraction Errors


Students will perform an error analysis of common subtraction errors related to the standard algorithm.

Demystifying Remainders


This lesson will introduce fourth-grade students to the concept of a remainder and the meaning of a remainder in the context of a word problem.

5th grade

Dividing Fractions

5(3)(J); 5(3)(L)

Students will model dividing unit fractions and whole numbers.

Finding Common Denominators

5(1)(1); 5(1)(C); 5(1)(D); 5(1)(E); 5(1)(F); 5(1)(G); 5(3)(H)

Students will work collaboratively to explore and sketch solutions to real-world addition problems involving fractions with unlike denominators. Students will be given the opportunity to use manipulatives and participate in group discussions to reflect on their learning.

Young Architects

5(1)(B), 5(1)(F), 5(4)(H)

Students will explore area by finding the square footage of their “dream home.” They will discuss different strategies as a class and describe the strategy they feel most comfortable within their journals. They will also write about any new information they learned during the lesson and questions they still have.

Analyzing Bar Graphs: Candy Machines

5(9)(A); 5(9)(C)

Working in groups, students will examine a bag of candy to determine if the machine that bags the candy is working properly. They will organize data on the colors of the candy in a frequency table and a bar graph. They will calculate the fraction of each color in the bag and compare the fractions to a quota set up by the factory to determine if the machine needs maintenance. Students will create a report about their findings, write a question that requires students to interpret data represented in a bar graph, and reflect in their journals.

Give a Hoot . . . Fraction Scoot


Students will add and subtract unlike denominators using pictorial models and manipulatives. During the lesson, they will use both group and independent work to build confidence as they use a variety of formative assessments to check for understanding. The final activity in the lesson has both application of the concepts being taught and a personal reflection of understanding.

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6th grade

How Does the Cookie Crumble?


Students will self-discover how to multiply mixed numbers by using background knowledge of estimation, computations, and real-world application of a recipe.

Roll with It


Students will experience a hands-on lesson regarding ratios. While doing this, students will deepen their understanding of the concepts of ratios.

7th grade

Modeling and Solving Two-Step Equations

7(11)(A), 7(11)(B)

Students will use various materials to create models of two-step equations. Then, they will take an equation, create their own model, and solve for the variable from the model.

Equations and Inequalities


Using a graphic organizer, students will write and solve a one-variable, two-step equation using the distributive property. They also will draw a picture and justify their solution.

Does Paper Have Volume?

7(9)(A), 7(5)(C)

Students will be involved in a problem-solving lesson to determine if paper has volume, find the volume of a piece of paper and a ream of paper, and determine how many pieces of paper will fit inside their classroom.

Discovering the Ratio or Pi

7(5)(B), 7(8)(C)

Students will discover the ratio of pi by relating the circumference to the diameter of various circles. Students will use this ratio to approximate the formulas for circumference.

Volume of Triangular Prisms


Students will use hands-on manipulatives to discover the connection between the shape of the base and the height to determine the volume of a prism.

Compound Probability: Independent vs. Dependent Events

7th; 7(6)(I)

Students will review steps for solving compound probability problems through an activity involving doughnuts. Students will then determine the difference between independent and dependent events through compound probability task cards. To encourage students to work through their struggle, students will rate themselves on a scale measuring effort and achievement at the end of the lesson.

Area of Composite Figures


Students will progress through performance tasks to strengthen their understanding of composite figures. During the performance tasks, students will refer to blueprints to find missing dimensions and solve for composite area.

Are of Composite Figures


Student groups will work collaboratively using the appropriate formulas to find the area of simple figures and combine the area of each shape to find the area of composite figures in real-world situations.

Diagramming Dinosaurs


Students will use a verbal representation to explore a constant rate of change in the size of dinosaurs over a period of time and represent their data by graphing.

Comparing Box Plots and Dot Plots 

7(6)(F); 7(6)(G); 7(12)(A); 7(12)(B); 7(12)(C) 

This lesson is a 90-minute lesson that can be delivered in one block or split into two 45 minute lessons. The first part of the lesson engages students in a notice/wonder activity that is designed to help students begin to question how data is represented in box plots and dot plots. The second part of the lesson is designed for students to compare data in box plots and dot plots and identify truths and untruths about the representations.

8th grade

Four Representations of Linear Relationships

8(5)(B), 8(5)(I)

Given one representation of a linear relationship, students will create a poster displaying the other three representations of linear relationships.

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Up, Up, and Away

A(2)(C), A(2)(B), A(1)(B)

Students will determine an appropriate tabular/graphic/formulaic linear solution given 3 sets of data points.

Laws of Exponents


Students will discover the laws of exponents using problem-solving skills.

Rate of Change


The students will determine the rate of change from tables and graphs by using the slope formula. The students will discover and interpret the real-world applications of rate of change.

Algebra II

Solving Rational Equations


Students will discuss and formulate an equation to solve an engaging real-world problem. They will use manipulatives to describe how to find the common denominator they need to solve the equation. They will break up into groups and solve for a more complicated problem.

Square Root Regression

2A(4); 2A(4)(E)

This lesson is a student discovery lesson that culminates in square root regression with technology. Students will use their study of inverses, the relationship between quadratic and square root functions, their previous knowledge of regression, and determine how to find the square root regression of real-world data.


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Emili Foster, M.Ed.
Texas Lesson Study Facilitator
(903) 988-6801

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