Fraction Match-Up

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Objective

SWBAT identify fractions in a model and written with numbers.

Big Idea

Students should be able to explain why a picture of a fraction represents a quantity.

Intro

5 minutes

Yesterday I was looking through some of my old games, and I saw one of my favorite games! It was a match-up game, like memory, and I thought that it might be fun and stretch our brains in math to do it with fractions!

Activity

35 minutes

The focus of this lesson is for students to quickly recognize a picture model and a written number to match, and to be able to explain why they match. I think students build a much deeper and long lasting understanding of a concept when they have to explain it in writing or words (MP3).

You are all going to have a bag full of fraction tiles. Some have pictures that represent a fraction and others have the numbers written out. You and your partner will need to turn over 2 tiles at a time, and try to match up as many fractions as you can. The key to it, though, is that you have to write a sentence to explain why those 2 are a match if you want it to count. 

Close

10 minutes

Who would like to share one of their matches with us and what their justification was?

I call on a few students to share their examples so students get exposed to others reasoning and justification. I think it’s important for students to not only have opportunities to share but to hear the reasoning of their classmates and to hear things explained in various ways.