Reflection: Student Grouping Ants, Ants, Ants! Using discovery to understand the meaning of division. - Section 3: Partnering up and getting ready for fun!


I got surprised in this particular partnering process. I partnered two people who have never been together before. They both are high end thinkers, polite and wonderfully behaved kids. I was so surprised to have one of them tell me, ( and in a very kind and non complaining way) that they just weren't getting along. Neither one of them wanted to count the ants! Both wanted to be in charge.

What? I was really bowled over!  These two polite calm students were completely different when they were put together to work.

I worked with them to try and resolve the problem, but I realized I was too late. So, I thought quickly...It just so happened that a student had to leave for an appointment. I quickly put the left over partner with these two kids. We only used his data to leave whatever work the other two did, behind.  It worked! They were settled in to class and re- engaged in the class and the arguing ceased between them.

Sometimes, the best laid plans go awry. I learned that even if I plan, I could be drastically wrong about who I put together regarding personalities.

The multiplication cards are still a great way to get kids moving for a few minutes and thinking hard about facts. They loved it.


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Ants, Ants, Ants! Using discovery to understand the meaning of division.

Unit 9: Division Unit
Lesson 2 of 21

Objective: SWBAT understand that dividing means breaking apart a given amount into equal portions and use strategies and tools to problem solve.

Big Idea: In this discovery lesson, pairs of students are given a sheet with thousands of ants on it. They will choose the best "tool" to figure out how to count all of the ants on the page.

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