Workshop Wednesday: Edible Math
jivey Wednesday, January 22, 2014
We are currently learning about multiples of fractions... This is always a difficult thing to teach- not because they don't know how to multiply, but because of the way the problems are worded. There are two types of word problems they see, and they have to be able to MODEL both. The first way is easy- If 8 people will each eat 1/4 of a pizza, how many pizzas do we need to order? This is easy for them to show in a model- 8 fourths... but then there are the parts of a whole problems that just blow their mind. For example: If I have 6 cookies, and 1/3 of them are chocolate chip, how many are chocolate chip? According to the standard, they can't just multiply 6 x 1/3 to get 2. They have to understand what they are doing- the MODEL... and luckily, one of my fabulous partner teachers came up with a fun Skittles Fractions work page!! (Can you tell we all love food on my grade level??) I bought the fun size packs of Skittles, and each kiddo got two packs.
Since I didn't create the page, it wouldn't be right for me to share it- BUT it would be super easy for you to create if you want to do this activity too! Use that "shapes" tool in Microsoft to draw your rectangles! :o)