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Fraction Assessment - Section 2: Assessment

Based on the student scores for the test, they did very well as a class. The item they struggled with was ordering fractions on a number line, and this is an area that I will be reteaching. Even though we had spent many lessons on ordering fractions, there are still students struggling with this concept.

During the reteaching and reviewing of this particular standard, I decided to group the students that struggled with students that were successful with this task together. This grouping structure allows a student to be a teacher, and another student to ask questions of a peer, and so they have the opportunity to teach and learn from each other. They continued to use their fraction strips and pieces to work on this task. This allowed me to circulate through the class and the students to answer specific questions and help foster the mathematical conversations about fractions.

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# Fraction Assessment

Lesson 5 of 18

## Objective: SWBAT demonstrate their knowledge of fractions on a summative assessment.

#### Warm-Up

*5 min*

To begin this lesson, students do a math warm up based on their understanding and knowledge of fractions by sharing with the partners some quick drawings and diagrams on their whiteboards. I provide a prompt to the students, *"If you were going to teach your partner about fractions, what is the most important thing you think they should know? Please teach that information to them now."*

After about 3 minutes, I have the partners switch and the other student teach a different diagram or number line to their partner.

At the end of the warm-up, students share what they discuss with the whole group. I chose this activity so that I did not teach the problems on the assessment, and the students still have an opportunity to review concepts with their partners.

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#### Assessment

*30 min*

My math assessments are not timed, and students are given as much time as they need to complete the test. I want them to show me mastery of the standards and demonstrate their understanding and thinking rather than rushing through an assessment based on time constraint. This assessment includes identification of diagrams showing equal parts, analyzing and explaining a diagram that shows equal fourths, creating diagrams to show given fractions, identifying and explaining numerator and denominator, analyzing and explaining a shape for equal fractions, and ordering fractions on a number line.

Because the Common Core assessment for my state, PARCC, will include questions with multiple correct answers and written explanations, I include these types of questions on this assessment. A few of my students receive accommodations for writing, and they provide the information verbally to me in accordance with their learning plans.

Throughout our fraction unit, the students use fraction bars to compare and order fractions. I allow my students to use these manipulatives and tools during the assessment as a resource to demonstrate their mastery of the standard and engage in problem solving. The students are more likely to guess if they do not have the manipulative to use.

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#### Wrap Up

*5 min*

After all papers are turned in, I ask the students to self-reflect on this test and their individual performance. Through a group discussion, I ask the students to show thumbs up if they felt confident in their performance on the test. I ask for the students to show their thumbs sideways, if they had some questions they were not certain about. I choose not to use thumbs down in my class because I don't want to foster a negative attitude especially about their performance as a mathematician.

The students results on the assessment were much higher than I initially expected they would do at the beginning of this unit. All of my students scored 70% or higher, and more than 80% of my students scored 85% or higher on this assessment.

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- LESSON 1: Fraction Counting
- LESSON 2: Our Garden Problem
- LESSON 3: Units & Wholes (Days 1 - 3)
- LESSON 4: Fractions On A Number Line
- LESSON 5: Fraction Assessment
- LESSON 6: Ordering Fractions With Partners
- LESSON 7: Plant The Garden to 3/4
- LESSON 8: Creating Fraction Strips
- LESSON 9: Large Number Lines
- LESSON 10: Comparing Unit Fractions
- LESSON 11: Debate: Does This Shape Show Fourths? (Day 1 & Day 2)
- LESSON 12: Drawing Fraction Bars to Compare Fractions
- LESSON 13: Modeling Fractions Assessment
- LESSON 14: Unit Fraction Examples & Non-Examples
- LESSON 15: The Whole In Fractions
- LESSON 16: Ordering Fractions With Fraction Cards (Days 1 - 3)
- LESSON 17: Equal Unit Fractions?
- LESSON 18: Showing Halves