Reflection: Student Grouping Problem Solving (Different Operations with Fractions) - Section 4: Group Practice


I understand that text books are not perfectly aligned to the common core curriculum.  For this reason, I am sure to plan each lesson with CCSS objectives. I do not follow the text book as it is designed but I do use it as a resource. There are many great problems, activities, and examples in the textbook that I use to save time.  This lesson is a great example of this.  

In the text book, there are over 15 well written word problems for a problem-solving lesson.  Using these problems saves me from having to create my own.  However, it is not reasonable to expect the students to solve all of these problems.  It is my job to find the problems that best suit the students in my class.

Yes, the text book provides answers.  However, these answers do not tell me everything I need to know when selecting problems for my students to solve. In order to appropriately assign problems to each group, I solve the problems myself.  Going through the process with the students in my class in mind allows me to think about each problem as the students would.

As I solve the problems, I keep notes of the strategies I used.  I consider my students' thinking, and then choose which problems would be most beneficial for each of the different color (homogenous groups) in my class.  The most beneficial problems provide students with a challenge yet they are attainable.  I want students to demonstrate perseverance when faced with a challenge, they may have to rework a problem (sometimes more than once) but for me it is important that they are able to meet success too.  Students should struggle a bit, but then they should be able to succeed.  

When solving the problems in this lesson, I found number 5 to be a good problem for all students to solve.  It would be an easier problem for some groups and one of the more challenging problems that I assign to other groups.  I always like to have one common ground problem so students from different color groups can share this experience.  I have attached an example of how I assign these problems to the different color groups. 

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Problem Solving (Different Operations with Fractions)

Unit 4: Multiplying and Dividing Fractions
Lesson 9 of 13

Objective: SWBAT solve problems involving addition, subtraction, and multiplication of fractions.

Big Idea: Students put their fraction skills to use to solve problems involving addition, subtraction, and multiplication of fractions.

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Math, Number Sense and Operations, Fractions, problem solving, subtract fractions, adding fractions, multiply fractions, multiple step problems, Critical Area
  55 minutes
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