Reflection: Real World Applications Parts of a Set - Section 3: Practice

I chose math tools and posing their independent work as a 'problem I needed help with' for many reasons. First, using math tools and having something to manipulate is far more engaging than a piece of paper and a pencil. Second, when students see their work as meaningful, or for a purpose, they are more willing to take ownership.

I always take time to explain why we are doing something, what this will help us understanding and how it applies to their life. Today I wanted students to see that fractions are all around us and can be useful in every day tasks. Finally, I chose this approach so that students could create as many fractional groupings as they could think of. They could group by color, type, size, etc. and this represented choice as well as different outcomes that we could discuss.

Real World Applications: Making Tasks Meaningful

Parts of a Set

Lesson 3 of 10

Big Idea: Fractions represent parts of a whole and parts of a set.

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