Lesson: Fractions: Finding the Whole (ONE)

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Lesson Objective

SWBAT find the whole, or ONE, for the given fractions.

Lesson Plan

Materials Needed: scrap paper for DN, Example Whole Problems Chart, pennies, counters or beans for GP, white board, dry erase markers, pencils, and IND Worksheet.
Vocabulary: whole (or ONE or unit), denominator, numerator, equivalent
Do Now (3 -5 min): The teacher writes the following decimals on the board and has the students write the fraction in decimal form.
3 = [0.30]   34 = [0.34] 80 = [.80 or .8]
10   100 100
Opening (2 -3 min): Teacher quickly reviews answers to the Do Now. The teacher should then state the objective, “Yesterday, we ordered sets of fractions. Today, we are going to finding the whole. By the end of this lesson, you will be able to find the whole, or ONE, for the given fractions.”
Direct Instruction (10 - 15 min): The teacher writes the following on the board, in which a part is given and students are to find the whole, or ONE. Display one or two pattern blocks on the overhead projector and tell what fraction is represented by this block or pair of blocks. (Or you can draw the pattern blocks on the board or hold them up for the class to see.) 
See Example Whole Problems Chart
Guided Practice (10 min): The teacher uses more problems to explain the concept of finding the whole, or ONE. The teacher can use counters, pennies, or beans to complete this activity with students.  
See Example Whole Problems Chart
Independent (10 min):  The teacher passes out the IND worksheet. The students should only complete the first column during IND Practice, the second column could be used for homework. 
Closing (2-3 min): Teacher calls the attention of the students back toward the front of the class to quickly review the answers to the Independent Practice worksheet/ ask what we learned about.

Lesson Resources

IND Lesson 12   Classwork
Example Whole Problems Chart   Exemplar


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