Reflection: ELL Students Simple Fraction Addition Stories - Section 2: Mini Skits: Acting Out Fraction Word Problems


This activity is straightforward yet also has multiple avenues for differentiation.  During this guided practice where students are acting out parts of the story, I tend to call on my ELL students to act out the story because the kinesthetic connection assists them in integrating the concept we are studying and the specific vocabulary. This kind of differentiation is invisible to the class but very visible to me and I can carefully choose certain children as actors, writers or narrators based on the level of support they need.  

Acting out math stories is a great vehicle for directing mathematical communication because it is easier for students to improve the precision of their mathematical language when they are watching someone act something out and when they are part of a collaborative team.  Additionally, the fact that they work on this as a team means that in the moment of telling, acting out and representing the word story they are making sense of the problem (MP1) in order to act it out, tell the story and write it.  They also critique each other's reasoning  (MP3) as they work together to construct  aligned spoken stories, skits and number line models.  

  Acting it Out Helps Students Communicate Mathematically
  ELL Students: Acting it Out Helps Students Communicate Mathematically
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Simple Fraction Addition Stories

Unit 9: Fractions
Lesson 7 of 9

Objective: SWBAT represent simple addition stories involving fractions on a number line and explain their reasoning.

Big Idea: Students enjoy and learn from acting out simple fraction stories and sharing what they are doing with their classmates.

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Math, Word Problem, Writing in Math, Critical Area, number
  60 minutes
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