Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation Poster Patterns? (day 3 of 5) - Section 5: Weird, weirder, and weirdest division exploration


I was surprised by the enthusiastic response to these stations. They were really an afterthought on my part as an attempt to break up the monotony of looking at posters and discussing at every station. I wanted to give them a break from the expectation of maintaining a discussion and just do some exploration on their own. Although I tried to focus on the weirder division patterns at these stations I didn't really expect the level of engagement and excitement that they generated. I think it was the sense of being the discoverer more than the observer.

  Intrinsic Motivation: Afterthought
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Poster Patterns? (day 3 of 5)

Unit 8: Exploring Rational Numbers
Lesson 4 of 20

Objective: SWBAT convert a rational number into a decimal by doing long division and will know that it will either repeat or terminate.

Big Idea: Students will discover patterns in the division that produces repeating and terminating decimals.

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Math, Number Sense and Operations, terminating decimals, repeating decimals, video, student led inquiry, stations, group discussion, sentence frames, rational numbers
  49 minutes
looking for patterns
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