Reflection: High Expectations Fractions On A Number Line (Mixed, Improper) - Section 4: Independent Practice


This lesson was designed to provide strategic challenges for each group of students.  I choose fraction sets based on how I think each group would approach the task. I also made sure the fractions that each group was working with had diverse entry points to the problem.

While students were working on placing their mixed numbers on the number line, I circulated to check on their progress.  Although no groups appeared to be completely stuck, as I checked in with each group, I heard, "This is tricky" and sure enough - described the obstacle that I predicted would be challenging.

Designing lessons with specific students in mind provides students with the just right fit of something that is attainable yet challenging. 

I felt rewarded by the fact that the students demonstrated exactly what I predicted they would. 

  It should be tricky!
  High Expectations: It should be tricky!
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Fractions On A Number Line (Mixed, Improper)

Unit 3: Adding and Subtracting Mixed Numbers
Lesson 4 of 11

Objective: SWBAT represent the conversion of improper fractions to mixed numbers and mixed numbers to improper fractions using models.

Big Idea: Students work in groups to challenge a difficult, complex task involving number lines, mixed numbers, and improper fractions.

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Math, Number lines , Number Sense and Operations, Fractions, mixed numbers, improper fractions, Critical Area
  70 minutes
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