Reflection: Complex Tasks Ways to Make: Posters - Section 4: Poster Making


One of the key shifts in the Common Core is around the idea of complex tasks. Students are asked at all ages to complete a task that doesn't ask for just one answer. This lesson is an example of a complex task-students do not just have to come up with one way to show one fourth and one way to show one half. They show multiple ways.

This plays out in really interesting ways in the actual lesson-students aren't just remembering one way and doing only that way. I saw in many examples of student work that they showed really complex ways to show the half in particular. Some students divided the shape into fourths, but knew that they could color in half of the shape. Some of them colored in the two adjacent pieces. Others knew you could color any 2 pieces because they are all equal. 

Because the task was complex, students were able to show the depth of their understanding! 

  Multiple Ways
  Complex Tasks: Multiple Ways
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Ways to Make: Posters

Unit 12: Parts of a Whole
Lesson 5 of 5

Objective: SWBAT show multiple ways to divide the shapes into halves and fourths.

Big Idea: In this summative lesson, students create posters of different ways to divide shapes into halves and fourths! This pushes students to think about how different ways of dividing shapes can yield equivalent parts. The activity is followed by the unit quiz!

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