Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Plant The Garden to 3/4 - Section 3: Partner Work


The complexity of this lesson was one that I considered before presenting the lesson. I knew this image and task would be challenging, and some students would need different levels of support and clues to solve this problem.  Some students started on a plan immediately and then stopped.  Other students spent most of the time looking at the image and appealed for help and another clue.  Some students used the clue and quickly solved, and others relied on help and explanations from their peers to get the solution.  

I noticed that even with the explanation from one peer, some students needed a second explanation from someone else.  I encouraged the students to share their explanations with each other, and I observed how some students cut apart the garden image to completely rearrange and glue into their journals in a new arrangement to view the 3/4 portion.  

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Plant The Garden to 3/4

Unit 4: Fractions
Lesson 7 of 18

Objective: SWBAT reason and explain if a fraction is equivalent to three fourths.

Big Idea: Connecting fractions to real life by planting a garden helps students understand how fractions are used and how to create equivalent fractions.

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