If you missed my post the other day about using number lines to improve fractional reasoning, you might want to take a peek at it before digging into this post! Just CLICK HERE if you missed it...because I want you to know that the lesson featured today was not the FIRST time my students had worked with this number lines or critiquing reasoning. This lesson is one that should come after they have ... Read the Post
Fraction Number Lines, Number Sense, and Math Discourse Part 1
It seems like I have picked a few topics lately that just don't fit into one blog post! I wanted to share two different "warm ups" I did with fraction number lines--and two different types of "math talk" that resulted from them. Give these two lessons a try and see what you think! I went kind of "photo journalism" style because I thought the pictures helped tell the story! Watch not just for ... Read the Post
More work with fractional reasoning!
Today is my day to blog over at Upper Elementary Snapshots--so I hope you will stop by and check out this fun lesson about fractional reasoning. It REALLY showed me where my students were with their math thinking! Just click the image above to check out the details. I think you'll be impressed with the work that nine and ten year olds can do! How much attention do you spend on fractional ... Read the Post
Examples, Counterexamples, and More with Equivalent Fractions
As I have worked to build my students' understanding of key fraction concepts, I wanted students to really work to deepen their understanding that fractions can have more than one name--and can be represented in more than one way. In other words--equivalent fractions! Today's "warm up" was geared toward reminding students that they can represent fractions in many ways...so I gave them 5 minutes ... Read the Post
Using Our Fractional Reasoning!
We had a great concept sort today...and I just wanted to share a little about what we did! We are working on the concept of equivalent fractions...we have drawn pictures, told stories (If I had half a pizza but cut the half into two pieces, what fraction would I have?), and generated lists of equivalent fractions. What we DIDN'T do is what most math programs do right away--teach students to ... Read the Post
Coming Up with a Math Plan, Teamwork, and Perseverance!
I just wanted to share a quick blog post about what I am doing in math workshop over the next two weeks because my students are SO excited! We are digging into the next series of fraction lessons, and I know that some of my fourth graders are going to handle the material easily. To make sure they have plenty of meaningful work to do when they finish their learning, I introduced the ... Read the Post
Getting Students Thinking about Fractions
Just wanted to share some fraction fun from our first day of fraction review! I like to dig in by really getting students thinking--no fill in the blanks for THIS review! Check out what we did today to kick off our fraction studies. One thing I love to do is to start off lessons with discussions... we start in discussion pairs and then share out key ideas with the entire class. These ... Read the Post
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