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Activity 1: Fraction problem warm-up

  1. Read (but don't solve) the 3 story problems below.* 
  2. Could each problem be used to illustrate 1 ¾  ÷  ½Vote either YES, NO, or Not sure for each problem.
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* These problems are based on released item #7 of the Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching (MKT) Measure, developed by the University of Michigan's Learning Mathematics for Teaching project. See www.sitemaker.umich.edu/lmt for more information.

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Activity 5: Reflect in Your Journal

After reading the article, what areas of teaching fractions are you comfortable with, what do you want to work on, what might you do to incorporate some of the ideas that came up for you in your own teaching?

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Continue to Session 3, Lesson 2

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