## Reflection: Modeling Cats and Strawberries - Inquiry with Subtracting Mixed Numbers - Section 2: Concept development

Students were mildly off focus today and it did make this inquiry lesson difficult.  One challenge when relying on students to listen to each other in order to learn new concepts and strategies is the fact that sometimes they just don't listen.   I struggled with this quite a bit today and it left me feeling somewhat discouraged and really tired.  I do think that many students benefited from the inquiry approach, but my students, the unfocused one in particular, definitely left class with out a strategy for solving mixed number subtraction problems. I had anticipated doing another problem based approach lesson tomorrow, but have now revamped that lesson to a tic tac toe game in which students will only be practicing the skill of mixed number subtraction.

Students starting to use models more
Modeling: Students starting to use models more

# Cats and Strawberries - Inquiry with Subtracting Mixed Numbers

Unit 5: Operations with Fractions
Lesson 8 of 14

## Big Idea: In this lesson, students review strategies for adding mixed numbers and then work through how to subtract mixed numbers in an inquiry type of approach.

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Math, Fractions, Number Sense and Operations, modeling, mixed numbers, inquiry, subtracting fractions, partner learning, cooperative learning
57 minutes

### Melissa Romano

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