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Today I want to share an activity that I did last week that I feel was a great review of equivalent fractions AND a great opportunity for students to practice their problem solving and their mathematical language.
First, I prepared six “posters” with a common fraction on each (If you need a different number of groups, just make a different number of posters . . . I wanted 3 or 4 students per group). I made a 1/2 sheet direction sheet for each and placed them around the room.
- They would get about 4 minutes per rotation.
- They needed to write 3 equivalent fractions on their poster (“examples”) and one COUNTERexample. As a team, they needed to decide how to create a counter example they felt might “trick” the next group.
- After their 4 minutes (or so–I watched the groups and moved them when it seemed like they were all ready to go), I rotated them to the next poster.
- When students get to their next rotation, they need to hunt and find the counterexample and neatly “X” it off. They then need to work together to find three NEW equivalent fractions and one new counterexample. . . no repeats allowed!
- After 4 minutes, we rotated again and repeated the process.