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What's in the Set? - Section 3: Station Rotation

Stations can be incredibly beneficial for students to see a particular concept in different forms, but there must be clear expectations for what students should be doing at each stations to ensure they learn whatever the objective is. I have seen stations used in classrooms where the students are just chatting and playing, and in those cases, students probably aren't going to learn what you are intending for them to learn.

We use math materials very often so I knew that students would be able to use them without playing, and we also re-modeled before we started stations what it should "look like" and "sound like" if I was doing my work and striving for excellence.

Students were then able to see fractions represented in different forms and understand how a whole, or whole set, can look different and still represent a whole. I think using stations can be very beneficial when balanced with partner work, independent work and group work.

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# What's in the Set?

Lesson 5 of 10

## Objective: SWBAT apply their understanding of fractions to various sets of objects.

*55 minutes*

#### Intro

*10 min*

*One thing I noticed last night when I was baking cookies was that fractions are all around us! I made pizza for dinner, and I had to cut it into 8 slices. They had to be equal so Mr. Maffei got the same amount of pizza as I did. Fractions! They're everywhere.*

*Then I decided to bake cookies! I realized that I broke 2 out of 12 of them. That's a fraction -- 2/12 were broken. *

*I want you all to take a minute to look around our classroom, and see the things all around our room that can be described as fractions. Don't tell anyone what you see, give us your problem and see if we can solve it! *

I am checking to ensure that students are thinking about parts of a whole, not just groups of things. Students are posing questions such as: "What fraction of the tables in our room are rectangle? What fraction of college pennants are from schools Mrs. Maffei attended? What fraction of bulletin board have red on them?"

I also am looking to make sure they know the total, and what part they are identifying. I ask other students to answer each question that a student poses to draw them into the lesson and ensure students can explain their thinking. Students should be able to apply math to solve problems in everyday life (MP4) so I ensure we spend the time to explore this.

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#### Warm-Up Questions

*5 min*

*I need your help with these 2 pictures on the board. I can’t quite tell if they’re all fractions, and I’m having trouble figuring out what the answers are. *I show students 2 pictures for each fraction that I've drawn on the whiteboard. I give students some quiet think time, and then we're ready to discuss.

We discuss why example 1 has one correct answer, because only 1 picture has equal parts. In the 2^{nd} example, I expect students to struggle. I encourage a little back and forth time for students to defend their answer of why they are both half, or why only 1 is half (MP6)

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#### Station Rotation

*35 min*

*I know it’s been a little while since we have rotated between stations, but there is so much to learn about fractions that I think we need to practice what we know in all of these ways!*

I do station rotations sometimes when I want students to have a given amount of time to practice seeing a concept or idea in different ways. Today we have 4 stations that students will rotate between.

-Pattern Block/Sea Animal/Manipulative Station: Students take a pre-made bag of manipulatives and create fractions to represent what is in the bag. They are creating models using the tools available to them to represent fractions within their set (MP5).

If done correctly, students should recognize that within each bag there is the same denominator (MP7). Students can classify what is in the bag however they want, there are many ways to show parts of a set with fractions. Remember, labeling is important when we show our work.

-Fraction Pie Station: Students will create a whole by using fraction pies. The goal is for students to see that each piece of a fourth represents ¼ and that if they have ¼, ¼, ¼ and ¼ they have a whole. This is repeated for all fractions up to 1/10.

-Problem Solving Station: I use word problems from the Motivation Math workbook that ask students to think about fractions within word problems, from visual examples and with open ended and multiple choice options for solving. I believe that students need to see concepts within word problems so that they can understand the language, show their steps for problem solving and show mastery in a variety of ways.

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#### Close

*5 min*

*What I noticed today about your work was that you are finding fractions everywhere, like I was last night! Math is all around us, and fractions are things that we can see all around us, too. With fraction pies, problem solving and even dinosaurs we can show parts of a whole. Who can share something they noticed about fractions today?*

Here I want students to describe the differences between a set of objects (dinosaurs and other math tools) and how fractions within that set can be created and what fractions look like as part of a whole (fraction pies).

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- UNIT 1: Crazy About Fractions
- UNIT 2: Sharing Equally with Division
- UNIT 3: The Relationship Between Multiplication and Division
- UNIT 4: Number Lines
- UNIT 5: Multiply or Divide with Word Problems
- UNIT 6: Telling Time
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- UNIT 11: More Problem Solving Practice
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- UNIT 13: 3rd Grade Expectations
- UNIT 14: Geometry
- UNIT 15: Surveys and Graphing
- UNIT 16: Fun with Multiplying and Dividing

- LESSON 1: What is a Fraction?
- LESSON 2: Digging Into Fractions
- LESSON 3: Parts of a Set
- LESSON 4: Comparing Fractions
- LESSON 5: What's in the Set?
- LESSON 6: What is a Set?
- LESSON 7: Teach Me About Fractions
- LESSON 8: Are My Fractions Equivalent?
- LESSON 9: Comparing Fractions with Models
- LESSON 10: Fraction Match-Up