Dividing Unit Fractions!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 No comments
This week, and last week, we have been focusing on dividing unit fractions by wholes and dividing wholes by unit fractions.
We started out the topic by showing why we can't flip flop with division like we can with multiplication (commutative property).  For example: 2x3= 6 and 3x2= 6 but 6 divided by 3 is not the same as 3 divided by 6.  So we learned how to draw both types of division with wholes and unit fractions.  We also acted out both types of division.
The next day we did a partner gallery walk called Fraction Division Detectives.  I love using gallery walks to get the students up and moving around.  I monitored and heard wonderful conversations.  Students not only had to produce the math via algorithm but also draw a model to reinforce the concept and prove their thinking.  You can find this activity here on my TpT store :)

The next lesson we did was a new Google Interactive activity I created.  Students matched equations to models, designed their own digital models, problem solved and completed some test prep questions.  This was amazing!!! They worked so well and could design quality digital models. I love using these Google activities! Here is a direct link to this one, Dividing Unit Fraction Google! 

You don't need Google Classroom to do these activities, all you need is access to Google drive.  You and your kids will love it! I have more lessons like this one at my TpT store!  

Lastly, we practice the algorithm, using Connect Four! (partner games) Students practiced each type of division by playing two different versions of Connect Four!

We will be assessing tomorrow on ALL the fractions concepts we have learned this month.  I can't wait to see what they have learned! 

Our next concept is writing equations using a letter for the unknown, stay tuned! 

Peace, Love, Math- 

Adding and Subtracting Fractions- Some Oldies but Goodies and One Newbie!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 No comments
This year I used two of my favorite activities that I have featured already on my blog and one new activity that I designed this year.
One oldie but goodie is my Musical Mix-Up!  This is where I give students name tags with different fractions on the name tag.  I play music, we dance around, and when the music stops we pair up.  I roll a dice and if its even, the pair adds their fraction "names" together.  If I roll an odd number, we subtract the two fractions.  This is so much better than a boring worksheet! This year I went big and made actual "Hello my name is..." name tags.  The students loved introducing themselves with their "new name".  I also made a recording sheet, which helped to organize their work.

To try Adding and Subtracting Fractions Unlike Denominators Musical Mix-Up click on the link to go directly to the product in my TpT store. 

Next, we did a brand new activity I created completely on the chromebook.  This activity uses the Google Drive and is an interactive Google Slide project.  This was an amazing problem solving opportunity for the kids! Students problem solved math concepts while also learning technology applications and processes.  This was rigorous and the students loved working on the technology.
I can't wait to make more Google projects. 

You can do this same project in your class, all you need is Google Drive! 

Adding and Subtracting Fractions Unlike Denominators Google Classroom Activity can be found at my TpT store! When you purchase the activity you will get directions on how to share this with your students. 

Last but certainly not least is my Adding and Subtracting Fractions Super Slime! I love this activity! I had featured this on my blog in an earlier post.  
Each step contained the process to make the slime but it was missing the measurements.  Students needed to figure out the correct measurements by solving either an addition or subtraction problem written on each step.  After they had solved the problem, they took the step and solution to me and if they are correct, I gave them the supplies they needed and the next step to work on at their desk.  
I created easier problems for students who need accommodations and more complex problems for students who needed a challenge. They loved this activity! And they were so motivated and engaged to solve the problems correctly in order to make the slime! If you would like a copy of the activity and all the questions head on over to my store on Teachers Pay Teachers and grab you a copy!

Next topic is Dividing Unit Fractions and Wholes! Stay Tuned!
PS: I apologize that the font and links are doing something funky :) I am trying to fix it!

Peace, Love, Math

Multiplying Fractions by Wholes: Lessons and Activites

Thursday, January 19, 2017 No comments
Because Texas revamped their TEKS and Standards for Math a couple of years ago, I have been given the opportunity to teach Multiplying Fractions by Wholes to my fifth graders.  I am slowly but surely feeling more and more comfortable with this standard.
This year I have finally figured out that there are really two ways that this standard can be taught.
      * Finding a Fraction OF a Whole Number, for example: 3/4 of 8
      * Repeated addition of a fraction, for example I feed my dog 1/2 cup every day for 5 days.  This is 1/2 times 5 or 1/2 + 1/2 + 1/2 + 1/2 + 1/2

Yes, you can do the standard algorithm for both types of problems, but that is not going to teach the students how to make a pictorial model to match both types of situations and the standard states they should be able to use a model.

So I decided to teach this standard in two parts.

The first part I taught is the Fraction of a Whole number.  For this I used a foldable I created to directly instruct students.  I used the "I Do", "We Do" and "You Do" guided instruction. This was my first time using this foldable in class and it went beautifully! It really helped the students understand how to circle groups and shade them in to find the fraction of a number.  The students even realized, and so did I, that we were making equivalent fractions!

Here is a direct link to my foldable I used: Multiply Fractions by Whole Numbers Interactive Guided Instruction TEKS 5.3I

The next day we used an interactive Google Slides math project.  This was something I made and shared with the students.  It still focused on the Fraction of a Whole Number.  I allowed students to work on the project in pairs.  This was an amazing and rigorous problem solving project! Not only did students work together to problem solve during the slide show, they also problem solved with technology.  They had to use shapes, scribble, type in text boxes and move items around.  This activity really drove the concept home!

I absolutely loved this Google assignment and I can't wait to do another one in the future.  Here is a direct link to my store: Multiply a Whole and a Fraction Interactive Google Classroom Activity TEKS 5.3I

The following day we worked on the other type of problems that they will see with multiplying fractions by wholes.  We discussed, drew models and converted fractions from improper fractions to mixed.  We used guided instruction and then students dove into partner work.  We used my laminated work pages and fraction cards to come up with the problems to solve.  We used dry erase markers which cuts down on copies. The students seemed okay on this, so we will do another day of work on this topic.

Here is a direct link to the guided instruction activity: Multiply Fractions by Whole Numbers TEKS 5.3I Small Group Partner Game
Next we practiced the algorithm of multiplying, finding an improper and dividing the improper to make a mixed.  We used a partner game I created in order to have fun but still practice the problems.  It is called Connect Four and the students were able to practice multiplying fractions while also having good conversations with their partners.

The kids loved Connect Four! Here is a direct link! Connect Four- Partner Game- Multiplying Fractions by Whole Numbers TEKS 5.3I

After today, I think they are ready to move onto, adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators. Wish me luck!

Peace, Love, Math!

Additive and Multiplicative Patterns!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 No comments
I have created this google resource to help review for the upcoming STAAR test. If you have never used Google Slides to reinforce math topics you are missing out! All you need is google drive and a way to share the link with the kids.  I choose to share the link through Edmodo but could also be shared with a QR code or through Google Classroom.

Students will sort, create tables, create graphs and problem solve in this Google Activity! Access it here on my TpT store! 


This week we have been busy learning all about Additive and Multiplicative Patterns! We have learned how to create a table, an equation, and to graph it on a coordinate grid.
We started out with learning and journaling the definitions of Additive and Multiplicative.  We also journaled the equations y = ax and y = a+ x.
Afterwards students completed my Out of This World Pattern Sort! This sort is perfect for looking at tables and graphs and sorting the cards based on which type of pattern was seen, additive or multiplicative.  I loved to hear the students debate which type of patterns they encountered.  Students then received immediate feedback using QR Codes.

You can get your own copy of Out of This World Patterns in my TpT store! CLICK HERE! 

Next we generated, created a table, equation, and graph using whole numbers.  We used an interactive partner game called What's My Rule: Whole Numbers.  I laminated the game boards so that students could use dry erase markers.  This cuts down on copying! We just focused on whole number today. 

The following day we played the same game, however, we incorporated decimals! We created patterns by adding decimals and multiplying decimals. They did amazingly!

You can pick up both "What's My Rule" games here! Whole Number Game and Decimal Game

We are moving on to Prime and Composite tomorrow! Stay Tuned! 

Peace Love and Math
Jennifer <3

Scatter Plot Graph Lessons and Actvities

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 No comments
This week we welcomed in a new year! 2017 came before I even realized 2016 was over! The students came back to school yesterday and I knew they would be half awake so I decided the perfect standards to address would be the Scatter Plot Graph standards.  My fifth graders must know how to create a scatter plot graph based on data and solve questions that refer to the data.
I had posted in a previous post about my Cup Stacking Activity.  I have perfected the Cup Stacking Activity and have added it to my TpT store.  I made this activity more STEM like and have added questions and graphs to the activity.
 All my materials are listed in the TpT downloaded activity    

 Students were timed in 10 sec intervals.  In my more advanced class, I used 5 sec intervals.

 The trio of students consisted of 3 jobs.  The builder, who builds, the counter, who counts, and the recorder who records on the class graph.

 Students had their own group graph too!

I like to display the class graph so that everyone can see how each group is doing.  I color coded the groups on the graph.

The had a blast with this and were highly engaged! You can download this STEM challenge here! 

The next day we completed a brand new activity! 3 In A Row: a Scatter Plot Game
I needed to develop a way for students to have fun but still answer problems related to scatter plot graphs! I came up with this wonderful partner game! 

This activity results in students answering 36 problems! It is amazing! The kids loved it and were having wonderful conversations! The game is played in partners and has a graph sheet with 6 graphs.  There are 6 standard questions that can be answered with each graph! Students answer questions and find the answer on the game board.  Then they color the answer in.  Students try to get as many "3 in a rows" as they can in order to win the game! You can do this in your own class, just visit my TpT Store or click HERE! 

We are moving onto Additive and Multiplicative Patterns tomorrow so stay tuned for new ideas! 

Peace, Love, Math