Reflection: Checks for Understanding Fraction Fishing! - Section 2: Warm Up


As you can see in my video reflection, a quick write is a great informal formative assessment.  This quick assessment gives me a very brief snapshot into the thinking of my students and also tells me immediately if I need to make adjustments in the lesson I have planned.  Since students will be working to find equivalent fractions in this lesson, I wanted to know if they were able to list fractions for 1/2 easily. This is a fraction that is very commonly used and one that students tend to know with little instruction at a fourth grade level.

I did discover during the quick write that 26 of my 27 students were able to do this with ease. I had one student, which was a surprise, that could not formulate fractions for 1/2. This was very valuable information which helped me make adjustments instantly. I partnered this particular student with two other students that could serve as positive role models and teachers in the way they tend to explain their thinking. This student that was not able to name fractions equivalent for one half needs more time with understanding numerator and denominator as well as understanding what half means.  The students I partnered her with are great at explaining their thinking as well as modeling their thinking which will benefit this student greatly. I also made a note in my lesson plans that this students needs some small group or individual lessons with me in order to make sure she is able to move forward successfully.  

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Fraction Fishing!

Unit 6: Fraction Equivalents and Ordering Fractions
Lesson 11 of 14

Objective: SWBAT find equivalent fractions by using fraction bar manipulatives.

Big Idea: This inquiry or exploratory lesson builds students abilities to compare fractions by creating equivalent fractions through a fun engaging go fish fraction game.

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Math, Fractions, Number Sense and Operations, equivalent fractions, inquiry, math talk, modeling mathematics, Math Game
  65 minutes
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