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Thinking About Numeracy: Fractions

 

Activity 1: Thought Question

 

Solve the Problem 1 3/4 ÷ 1/2 using the strategy you would typically use and compose your own word problem for 1 3/4 ÷ 1/2.

Think about what was hard for you both in solving the problem and thinking of a word problem. Review the math proficiency standards from last time.

Which of the math proficiency standards came into play as you solved the problem and composed your word problem?

Time: 10 min

Activity 2: Solve the Problem 

 

Solve the Problem 1 3/4 ÷ 1/2 using the strategy you would typically use and compose your own word problem for 1 3/4 ÷ 1/2.

Think about what was hard for you both in solving the problem and thinking of a word problem. Review the math proficiency standards from last time. Which of the math proficiency standards came into play as you solved the problem and composed your word problem?

Time: 15 min

Activity 3: Read the Article 

 

Why Understanding 1 3/4  ÷ 1/2 Matters to Math Reform     

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Time: 20 min

Activity 4: Discuss

 

Do you agree with the author’s perspective? Why or why not? If you relied on procedures, what were the limitations, what they afford you?

Discuss

Time: 10 min

Activity 5: Reflect

 

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?

Time: 10 min