First Day Lesson Plan for Middle or High School Math

  • Math rules
    • To understand that Mathematics does make things easy through a game;
    • To express students’ expectations through letter writing;
    • To establish a relationship between and among students by pointing out their similarities and differences;


Game: The concept of the game is to let students understand that Mathematics does not make easy things complicated; rather, it makes complicated things easier to handle.


  1. Let students bring out a piece of paper and pen.
  2. Let them understand that the objective of the game is to review the basic mathematical skill, simple addition. They have to give the answer as fast as they can.
  3. First step: Ask them for the answers to the following problems:
    1. 1 + 2 = 3 is the expected answer
    2. 1+ 2 + 3 = 6 is the expected answer
    3. 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 = 10 is the expected answer

(Once the students have understood the pattern that numbers are being added in crescendo, ask them for the following)

    1. Give me the sum of the numbers 1- 5. The expected answer is 15.
    2. Now, give them bigger numbers like the sum of the numbers 1- 20. (This will give them a little time to answer.)
    3. Afterwards, give them bigger numbers than the previous ones, like the sum of numbers 1-50, 1- 100, 1- 500, etc.
    4. Ask: Can you give the sum of these numbers in less than a minute using the traditional method of adding numbers one after the other? (Most students might say, “Nope, that’s impossible.”)
    5. Now, introduce the mathematical formula of finding the answer to the sum of these numbers in less than a minute.
    6. After letting them see that you can actually spend one whole day adding the sum of numbers 1 – 1000, but if they use the formula taught, they would just spend a minute.
    7. Generalization: Mathematics supplies greater opportunity to make complicated things easy to handle.
    8. Afterwards, show them pictures of great technologies from simple appliances at home to technologies used outer space, space rockets, robots, etc. Tell them that this great advancement in technology that makes life on earth convenient is actually a manifestation of mathematics.
    9. Say: So, every little thing that you do, you need mathematics to make your life easy to comprehend, and that is actually the reason why I am here, not just to teach you; rather, to help you explore the wonders of numbers on earth and in beyond.


A. Letter Writing: “A Letter to Myself” (This is a fun activity. The students will have a chance to write a letter address to them.)


  1. Ask them to bring out a piece of paper and a writing pen.
  2. Ask: Have you ever received a letter that made you happy, sad, or excited? (Elicit some responses)
  3. Tell: You know in classical times, men practiced writing to express their love to the women they desire. Like Shakespeare, he had a lot of sonnets and writings addressed to the women he liked.
  4. Ask: Have you ever had a chance to write a letter address to no other than yourself? What things would be in your letter if the recipient us you yourself?
  5. Say: You are to make a letter address to yourself include your expectations in this subject for the entire year. (Let them know that they are to put the letter on an envelope. They are to read their letters at the end of the year, and evaluate if all their expectations to the subject and to themselves will have met and will have achieved.
  6. Likewise, ask them to include the things they can sacrifice for the subject itself, and to what extent they view Math before and after.
B. Working by Pairs: Making Connections


  1. Each student will answer the All About Me and Time Capsule activity sheets
  2. They will work in pairs to complete a Venn diagram.
  3. They are to write the similarities between and among their group mates, such as their favorite sports, colors, school subjects, etc., in the intersection of the circles. After discussing their similarities, ask the students to focus on their differences.
  4. They have to write their differences, such as their special talent, dreams, goals, wishes, etc., on each circle. Ask for a representative for each pair to share what they have discovered about their group mates with the whole class.

After the activity, the teacher will emphasize on the importance of having connections/ links between and among each other in the class. The teacher will let students realize that since they belong to each class, connection must always be present; thus, everyone is responsible to each other’s learning. She (teacher) will also assure them that help will be a top priority as they strive to reach success in mastering their Mathematical skills.

C. Rules and Expectations

Using the welcome packet, the teacher will go over the learning contract, Math class (& school-wide) rules and expectations with the students.


Memorize the Multiplication facts of 1 to 10. Be ready for a multiplication drill tom.