Reflection: Grappling with Complexity How Do I Share This? Fractions of a Region Part 2 - Section 2: Active Engagement


I expected this lesson to be rigorous and complex for my students.  I asked them to use what they already know about fractions and apply that information to a new kind of task.  The situations presented to them were open-ended, challenging, and real-world. 

The rigor comes in any time we ask students to go deeper than the "answer" and use precise language and modeling to back their understanding up and teach us what they are thinking. 

In today's lesson, the students struggled not only with solving the dilemma presented by each situation, but they also struggled as a group to design a way to explain their thinking and clearly communicate their responses, using models, vocabulary, and dramatic play. 

  Grappling with Complexity: Rigor
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How Do I Share This? Fractions of a Region Part 2

Unit 6: Unit Fractions
Lesson 6 of 13

Objective: Students will be able to correctly name the equal parts created as a result of partitioning a whole to solve a story problem.

Big Idea: Drama, drama, drama! Students love to play and act. Crafting skits to solve word problems fosters dramatic math play.

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Math, Fractions, Number Sense and Operations, Dramatic Arts, fraction word problems, unit fractions, fractions in real life, reader's theater, modeling math, writing across the curriculum, group work, numerator, denominator, whole
  60 minutes
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