Floresville ISD LoTi Lesson Plan


Good Character or Cheating? 



Lesson Information

Title of Lesson Good Character or Cheating?
Grade Levels 7th
Subject Math
Course No course information associated with this lesson.
Authors and Contributors


Lesson Submission Date 12/1/2007 12:00:00 AM
Lesson Approval Date This lesson has not been approved.


Learning Objectives

Student Expectations
 7.11(b) Makes inferences and convincing arguments based on an analysis of given or collected data
7.13(a) Identify and apply mathematics to everyday experiences, to activities in and outside of school, with other disciplines, and with other mathematical topics
7.14(b) evaluate the effectiveness of different representations to communicate ideas
Targeted TAKS /
Department Objectives
5 - The student will demonstrate an understanding of probability and statistics.
6 – The student will demonstrate an understanding of mathematical processes and tools used in problem-solving.


Lesson Overview

A brief summary of the lesson and the expected outcomes.

Students will survey fellow students regarding their definition of cheating, forms of cheating and  views on cheating. Students will use graphs to present the data they gathered to the district character coordinator and the campus character committee. They may present using posters or a Power Point presentation.


Engaging Questions

The task asks students to show their "know how" on something important and challenging, not just their knowledge.

Engaging /
Essential Questions
  1. What is one thing that upsets your teachers besides misbehavior?
  2. What is one thing you are always required to do math?
  3. Why do your teachers require this?
  4. What is cheating?
  5. Have you ever cheated?
  6. Can helping someone with their homework be considered cheating? Why?
  7. Why do people cheat?
  8. Is cheating ever okay? Be able to justify your choice.


Authentic Learning

The task reflects what people might actually do in the real-world; including real life issues, themes, and problems.

Teacher will begin the lesson by asking the engaging questions. Students will discuss what is considered cheating. Students will brainstorm the definition of cheating. Students will also list different forms of cheating. They will discuss the reasons students cheat. Students will relate cheating to the character pillars of trustworthiness, respect and fairness. Students will then create a short questionnaire that they will use to survey 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. The questionnaire should include questions similar to the engaging questions.
Students will then be divided into groups of three. Each group will survey two different classes. After the survey the groups will compile their data by grade levels in Excel and generate at least three graphs (graph titles will vary according to questions in the survey).  The graphs chosen should best represent the information gathered. The data will be displayed by grade level.

The students will then evaluate the data they have collected by asking themselves the questions such as “ Do students think giving the answers is cheating or helping someone?”, “Does one grade level have more cheating than another?”, “Do all students cheat for the same reason?”, etc. Students will come up with a plan to help curtail cheating and be able to justify this plan. The students will then report their results of their survey and their plan to the district character coordinator and the campus character committee. Students may choose to present their data in a Power Point or poster format. This information is to be used in developing future character education lessons for the middle school.

Related Character Pillars

Trustworthiness , Respect , Fairness


High Level Thinking Processes

The task requires complex-thinking skills (critical/creative thinking, decision making, problem solving)

Bloom's Taxonomy

Knowledge , Analysis , Comprehension , Synthesis , Application , Evaluation  

Knowledge – define cheating
Comprehension- explain different forms of cheating
Application – students will show the results of their survey in                        different graphs
Evaluation – students will recommend solution to help curtail cheating and report the results of their survey and their plan to the district character coordinator/committee
Analysis – students will compare and contrast the of the survey by grade level

Synthesis – students will design a survey to find student feelings about cheating


Differentiated Instruction

Instruction is tailored to the learning readiness, cultural background, interests, talents, and learning profiles of the students.

Differentiation Activities Flexible Grouping ,
Flexible grouping – students will be placed in groups of varied ability


Technology Applications

Technology (computers, handhelds, software applications, Internet) is used in a seamless fashion to promote student learning.

Technology Applications
Students many chose to use Survey Monkey.com to conduct their survey.
Students will use Excel to organize collected data and create a graph to present their findings
Web Resources




See attached rubric for the presentation with district character coordinator/committee.


File Attachments


Other Resources

Other Resources

computers, projectors, materials for posters, printer, student created survey, teacher