Workshop Wednesday: Tricky Math
jivey Wednesday, February 19, 2014
As I may or may not have mentioned, fractions are a struggle. :-P ESPECIALLY multiplying fractions!! But I have some strategies I teach them, and of course, I have some great products I put into my stations, including this one by my BBB, Holly:
This set is awesome- it includes a board game and task cards! We are finishing up our decimals unit right now, but I always keep previous skills in rotation in my stations. This week, my students are using the task cards and the game in their stations.
The game is a big hit! The kids love the cute monster theme. :o)
In the box method, the "box" represents the whole number. They divide the box into the number of parts their fraction shows (the denominator). Then, they have to figure out how to "share" the whole number between all the boxes- look at this student's work for a better understanding.
I always have mine work out problems in games in their notebook. It gives them good practice, and helps me see what they were doing when I spot check during stations. :o)
There is one exception though... TASK CARDS. The task cards in this unit have a work space on them, so I put dry erase markers in the drawer with these and the kids LOVE it! I have never had a student only record on their task card recording sheet when dry erase markers are an option.