Reflection: Parent Communication That's Not Fair! Fractions of a Region Part 1 - Section 4: Wrap Up and Home Practice


My students work just about every day in a team or with a partner in order to continuously share their understanding and share their thinking.  It is wise to give them this space and time, but I believe it is also essential to find out what they have internalized without the help of another. 

One way I check for understanding is through a home practice piece.  I have had many conversations with my parents about how to help their students from home without "doing" their work.  I ask them to be a listener and have their students explain their strategies and questions.  I also ask them to be questioners themselves, asking "what strategy are you using and why".  In doing this, students work through their thinking, develop communication skills, and develop strategies.  

I don't want my parents to be the teacher, I want them to be a partner in the process.  I then can develop mini lessons around the students work when it comes in the next morning.  Remember, the teaching of today is for the success of tomorrow.

In the resources you will see four examples of student work.  Student 1 answered and modeled the solution correctly.  However, he did not explain in writing his thinking, which is something I require. I will meet with him to discuss and model the expectations for this work.

For Students 2 and 3, my mini lesson would be to work on using precise vocabulary words to better explain the solution.  For example, using the term denominator to describe how many equal pieces each whole is divided into would be a good next step for student 2, while student 3 needs to work on explaining her strategy in more depth while using math vocabulary. 

I could use the information from student 4 to help him explain his "mind" and what he is thinking strategy wise. 

If you assign homework, it is good to sometimes look at it as a tool for your teaching pace, rather than a test of knowledge from that day's work. 

  Parent Communication: Home Practice as a Planning Tool
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That's Not Fair! Fractions of a Region Part 1

Unit 6: Unit Fractions
Lesson 5 of 13

Objective: Students will be able to partition a whole into unit fractions to solve a word problem.

Big Idea: How can 2 cookies be shared by 3 hungry sisters? How can 2 peanuts be shared by 3 squirrels gathering nuts? These are the real world questions that students need to be able to answer by using their knowledge of fractions.

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Math, Fractions, Number Sense and Operations, Dramatic Arts, unit fractions, partitions, modeling with mat, real world, fraction word problems, Critical Area
  60 minutes
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