Reflection: Flexibility Poster Patterns? (day 3 of 5) - Section 2: Providing instruction

In the middle of this lesson I discovered that students needed clearer more specific questions to really focus on the patterns. I noticed students floundering when they were asked "what do you notice about the division" and they were more likely to look for mistakes in the division made by the team that made each poster. When I asked instead that students look for "what happens when you divide by 2?", "what happens when you divide by 3?", etc. student observations became more focused.

Some of the stations were easier for some students and they were left with little to do until I brought some additional fraction cards for them and told them to decide, based on their observations where they would belong on the poster they were looking at. Having some blanks for them to come up with their own might also be useful.

Flexibility: More specific questions & tasks

Poster Patterns? (day 3 of 5)

Unit 8: Exploring Rational Numbers
Lesson 4 of 20

Big Idea: Students will discover patterns in the division that produces repeating and terminating decimals.

Print Lesson
Standards:
Subject(s):
Math, Number Sense and Operations, terminating decimals, repeating decimals, video, student led inquiry, stations, group discussion, sentence frames, rational numbers
49 minutes

Erica Burnison

Similar Lessons

Fractions as Quotients - Using Long Division to Convert a Fraction to a Decimal
7th Grade Math » Rational Number Operations
Big Idea: Students use the long division algorithm to write fractions as decimals and use the remainder to distinguish between a terminating and repeating decimal.
Favorites(30)
Resources(12)
New Orleans, LA
Environment: Urban

Fractions to Decimals - Terminate or Repeat?
7th Grade Math » Operations with Rational Numbers
Big Idea: How do you turn a fraction into a decimal? This lesson will teach you to be a conversion king!
Favorites(9)
Resources(14)
Elon, NC
Environment: Suburban

A Concrete Look at Long Division!
7th Grade Math » Rational Numbers
Big Idea: This lesson is multi-layered. It offers the students an opportunity to understand long division, then transitions into the written form using the algorithm once understanding is evident. Finally, the students will apply the algorithm to convert fractions t
Favorites(9)
Resources(18)
Columbus, OH
Environment: Urban