## Reflection: Student Led Inquiry Making Meaning of Math Tools - Section 1: Mini Lesson

Taking the time to allow students to explore and "play" with tools prior to using them as tools and models, is essential to the student's productivity.  Not only does allowing my students time to play and experiment with the rods help them make meaning, but it is also a critical time for me to find out how they relate to things through a mathematical lense.

In the following clip, you will hear students make a connection to their real world by mentioning MineCraft, but also mentioning fractions! They are also finding reasons to use our new vocabulary words.

Is It Play, Or Is It Learning?
Student Led Inquiry: Is It Play, Or Is It Learning?

# Making Meaning of Math Tools

Unit 6: Unit Fractions
Lesson 1 of 13

## Big Idea: Children need to make meaning of tools before we ask them to use them for modeling their thinking. Fraction rods are a perfect example in this lesson.

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Math, Number Sense and Operations, Fractions, manipulatives, modeling with math, Math Tools, cuisenaire rods, Fraction Rods, student investigation, making meaning, equivalencies, different wholes, manipulative play, Critical Area
45 minutes

### Michelle Marcus

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