Reflection: Real World Applications Making Sense of Multiplying Fractions - Section 3: Guided Practice


I designed this lesson to help students see that reading and decoding a "problem" is not something that math teachers to do make learning hard for their students.  In real life, we are presented with "problems" or challenges that need to be broken down into smaller parts in order to make sense of what the problem is asking. 

The skills that students practice daily are designed to help them attack problems in their daily lives as well as in math class.  

I often share with my students that the most challenging part of a math problem is not the math, it is reading.  Breaking down the problem and finding out exactly what it is asking takes time and energy before actually starting to solve the problem; but, in doing this "pre work" it makes the problem a whole lot easier.

In this lesson, I treat my students like a group of teacher peers.  Together we decode the standard that they are expected to learn, make sense of it, and then determine examples that would match this standard.  This connection to real life helps keep the students invested and engaged.  It is also fun when the normal classroom dynamics are shifted. 

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Making Sense of Multiplying Fractions

Unit 4: Multiplying and Dividing Fractions
Lesson 8 of 13

Objective: SWBAT reason about the product of two numbers using number sense.

Big Idea: Students participate in a fish bowl activity where they listen to classmates' cooperative discussion about reasoning when multiplying fractions.

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Math, Number Sense and Operations, Fractions, multiplying fractions, Critical Area
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