IN COLLECTION
Introduction:
 

Prior to beginning the lesson: (1) Photocopy the Problem of the Day onto transparency paper for the overhead projector; (2) Photocopy the Pre-Writing Graphic Organizer onto transparency paper for the overhead projector; (3) Photocopy Pre-Writing Graphic Organizer (1 per student).
 

Group Size: Whole class
 

Learning Objectives:
 

Students will be able to:

  • Apply fractions in a setting outside of mathematics.
  • Write a complete story about fractions.
Materials:
 

Problem of the Day, Pre-Writing Graphic Organizer, overhead projector
 

Procedures:
 

Lesson Introduction: Display Problem of the Day on the overhead projector. Ask students: What strategy should we use to solve this problem? Guide them towards drawing a picture. Solve the problem together as a class. Students can copy problem and solution into math notebooks.

  1. Tell students: Today you are going to write stories. Each of your stories will have fractions in them. Does anybody have any ideas for a story with fractions? Call on students who volunteer ideas.
  2. Tell students: Before we begin writing, let’s remember the writing process. Review Pre-Writing, Editing, and Final Copy with the students.
  3. Tell students: Today we will begin with pre-writing. We are going to get our ideas down on paper. I will show you my story first. Display Pre-Writing Graphic Organizer on the overhead projector.
  4. Do an example of pre-writing with the class, asking for students’ ideas and input.
  5. Tell students: Now you will each to get to do your own pre-writing. Remember, your story should be different from my story. You need to come up with your own ideas for a fraction story.
  6. Distribute Pre-Writing Graphic Organizer to students and give them time fill in the blanks.
  7. When students are finished working, collect papers for use the next day.
Modifications: For students with special needs, allow for extra time and help with spelling and grammar as necessary.


Assessment:
 

Teacher should monitor student work to ensure all students understand the concept.
 

Benchmark or Standards:
 

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Process Standard:

  • Communicate their mathematical thinking coherently and clearly to peers, teachers, and others.
  • Recognize and apply mathematics in contexts outside of mathematics.
Attached Files:
 

    Lesson12Resources.FunwithFractions.pdf 

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