Reflection: Routines and Procedures Unit Rates Fluency - Practice makes Perfect! - Section 2: Explore

 

This is the 5th day of class, so this was the first time I did this activity with the group, and I thought it went well.  This is an activity that takes setting up the first time, but then every time thereafter it runs more smoothly.  I did have one student ask, "you have the answers up, can't we just copy?" I was not shocked by the question, and actually had planned to address it anyway.  It is important to let the kids know that the answers are there so that they can immediately assess their understanding, and so that they know to ask for help right away if they need it, rather than getting to question 24 and finding out that they were all wrong.  I set the stage that finishing the activity was not the point, but rather solving problems for accuracy was the goal instead.  Thus, I did not have any students just copying down answers without working, and I spent a lot of time at different tables helping students.  I did not let students use a calculator on the activity - this particular concept is great practice of manipulating rational numbers, and they need to be able to fluently do so without a calculator.  The only thing that I would change for the future are the few problems that asked for the unit rate but did not specify in what units.  Those problems confused the students, as they had a difficult time determining what was the numerator vs. denominator. 

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Unit Rates Fluency - Practice makes Perfect!

Unit 2: Proportional Reasoning
Lesson 3 of 14

Objective: Students will be able to find and compare unit rates.

Big Idea: Practice makes perfect, and this lesson allows students to work towards perfection with unit rates.

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