Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation Fractions and Art - Sol LeWitt Style - Section 1: Concept Development


This was a really fun lesson and one in which my students LOVED!  I think one of the reasons they liked it so much was because it was ART.  Students naturally love "doing" and art is one area in which they get to touch and feel objects and make sense of their surroundings by "doing" or using their hands.  

I was VERY impressed with my students perseverance in determining how many rectangles needed to be filled in with dashed lines, vertical lines etc.  Students developed their own ways to determine 1/4 of 12 by thinking about what they already know about fractions and their personal experiences.  This lesson served as an excellent reminder about the knowledge that students come to school with. 

Using art also added to my students perseverance and willingness to stick with the project.  When students have a finished project, or masterpiece, they're perseverance level increases dramatically. I have seen this time and time again in my lessons from lessons like this or lessons in which students are allowed to record their thoughts and ideas with an iPad app. This is something I NEED to remember as the year progresses and skills or concepts get difficult - Making or creating something increases perseverance!

  Super Impressed
  Intrinsic Motivation: Super Impressed
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Fractions and Art - Sol LeWitt Style

Unit 6: Fraction Equivalents and Ordering Fractions
Lesson 14 of 14

Objective: SWBAT create unique art by using their knowledge about fraction concepts and choice.

Big Idea: In this lesson, students use chalk, black paper, and fraction knowledge to create beautiful and unique pieces of artwork.

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Math, Fractions, Number Sense and Operations, Art in Mathematics, equivalent fractions, cooperative learning, common denominator, fraction of whole number
  60 minutes
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