I’m popping in quickly to share a few additions I’ve made to our fractions unit this year that have really brought some added depth to student learning. Before (or after) you browse here, make sure you stop by my original blog post about all of my fraction unit activities. It’s HUGE and has so much information! Click the image below to read all about it!
|The Ultimate Collection of Activities to Teach Fraction Skills|
Now, moving on to a few new ideas!
This year, I was looking at adding in more inquiry-based activities. One of my big focuses this year is allowing students to draw conclusions themselves so that they are more meaningful in the long run. Fractions are so conceptual, and sometimes I feel like student understanding is left so surface level. This year, I wanted to make sure there was no chance of that happening. I decided to invest in a great unit from Meg at The Teacher Studio. She has a great constructivist approach to teaching fractions, with a lot of hands-on activities that really get kids thinking! You can see the unit HERE, and I highly recommend it! Many of the activities I talk about today are straight from her unit. It’s SO worth it!
It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE fan of Stephanie from Teaching in Room 6. Her ideas are always so meaningful, and they have very little “fluff,” which I always appreciate. She posted on Instagram about creating a concept chart for specific units, adding to it each day as they reveal new learning. I absolutely LOVED this idea and got started on ours right away. We can even record misconceptions to be figured out later. It’s amazing how full this chart got over the course of the unit!
Last year, I created these free fraction concept exit tickets (you can download them from THIS post). Most of the time last year, I used them just as they were intended– as exit tickets. This year, though, I decided to use them for some reflection time. Instead of just having them turn in the exit tickets, we shared several different ways of constructing answers. All of these students are solving the same exact problem, but look at how different their explanations were! I have done this with three different exit tickets, and I just LOVE hearing them explain their reasoning and seeing how excited their peers get, too.
These next two activities are also from Meg’s unit and provided such great practice! The top one they are working on comparing and ordering numbers. They had to make a “train” as big as possible. They LOVED this and begged to do it again. Success!
That’s it for now! We are only about half way through our unit, so I’m sure I’ll be updating more soon. 🙂