Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Equivalent Fractions - Section 4: Closure


Using the fraction strips to develop a conceptual understanding worked great.  Once the students found their equivalent fraction, they could use the fraction strips to show the two fractions.  They compared the two to see if they were actually equivalent.

I found that connecting the multiplication and division was a little more difficult for some of the students.  With the fractions 1/2 and 2/4, most students could see that multiplying the numerator and denominator by 2 would give them 2/4.  The fraction strips showed this because it took two of the 1/4 pieces to equal 1/2.  For a few, they still could not get the connection.

Next time, I plan to have the students actually draw the models.  Maybe this will give the few students that could not see the connection, a better understanding. This will give them practice drawing congruent figures, then dividing them into equal size pieces. 

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  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Fraction Strips
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Equivalent Fractions

Unit 1: Fractions
Lesson 6 of 22

Objective: SWBAT find equivalent fractions with multiplication and division, then show a visual representation by using models.

Big Idea: Equivalent fractions are fractions that represent the same amount. They can be created by multiplying or dividing, as well as represented with models.

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