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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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