Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Complex Doesn't Have to be so Complex! - Section 4: Whole Group Discussion


After the whole group discussion I learned that my students who had difficulty with this task struggled with the content area vocabulary.  When doing this lesson with my other 7th graders, I chose to start with the content area vocabulary first.  Many students did not know what a complex fraction looked like, how to write it, or how to calculate the denominator needed.  Many students also struggled with unit fractions.  Starting the lesson with content area vocabulary will give students a better chance to have starting points. 

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Complex Doesn't Have to be so Complex!

Unit 5: Proportional Reasoning
Lesson 9 of 9

Objective: SWBAT write ratios as fractions 3 different ways, as a complex fraction, a unit rate, and a unit fraction.

Big Idea: Students will grapple through multi-step problem to find the amount spent on a pair of boots from Macys using the ratio of money spent to money left over in an account and write the ratio as fractions in four ways.

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