## Reflection: Complex Tasks North of the Dungeon - Section 2: North of the Dungeon

Sometimes students do things on their own that you haven't even thought of teaching them. In this lesson with the treasure maps, students have been so excited about their maps. They are taking a little more time than I had planned, but the amazing thing is they figured out how to add and subtract fractions with like denominators, in fact it never occurred to them to change the denominators when figuring out about their treasure.

One student told me, look I have 3/10 of my gold here and 2/10 over here so I have (she counted by tapping her pencil) 5/10 to put in my castle. How did she do that? She is one of my struggling students and she knew instinctively how to add the numerators to get to her 10 pieces of gold.

I never taught students how to add fractions. We have talked about how many pieces make a whole, but here she is adding them up. And she wasn't alone. All around the room students were doing the same thing.

Sometimes students amaze me with the things they know and are able to do.

# North of the Dungeon

Unit 9: Fractions
Lesson 5 of 10

## Big Idea: Students need a hook to remember new terms. Castles and treasure maps can provide that hook

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### Beth McKenna

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