Author:
Shannon Miller
Subject:
Elementary Mathematics
Material Type:
Interactive, Lesson, Lesson Plan, Unit of Study
Level:
Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary
Tags:
Fractions, Lesson Plan
License:
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
Language:
English
Media Formats:
Interactive, Text/HTML, Video

Education Standards

Fractions Are Fun!

Fractions Are Fun!

Overview

This lesson/unit is all about Fractions!  Students will access a digital learning site to explore fractions through multiple media sources.  They will watch videos, read books, play games, and visit websites all designed to help them develop a deeper understanding of fractions.  To demonstrate their knowledge, students will then work with their peers to complete a digital notebook, a hyperdoc, a jamboard, and a google form.  Students will be empowered to learn because this lesson/unit gives them choice!

Lesson Summary

In this lesson, students will explore my digital learning hub to learn all about fractions.  They will watch instructional videos, read books and articles, and play games. Then they will put their knowledge to use and show what they have learned.  They will demonstrate this knowledge by completing collaborative activities such as a hyper doc, a digital notebook, a jamboard and more. 

  • Time frame:  Multiple sessions each about an hour.  
  • May be used as a synchronous, asynchronous, face to face, or virtual lesson.  
  • You may have students access the digital hub to complete activities alone or with in a group.
  • Students will need access to the internet and a Chromebook
  • Lesson Created by Shannon Miller

Background for Teachers

  • To teach this lesson you will need an understanding of fractions.  This includes the difference between a numerator and denominator, drawing and naming fractions, representing fractions on a number line, and comparing fractions.  
  • You also need to know how to navigate google docs, slides, draw, forms, and jamboard.  The activities are already created, but it will make assisting students and grading their work easier if you know how to access google resources.  

Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

Learning Intentions:

  • Students will be able to develop an understanding of fractions as numbers. (Denominators are limited to 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8) 
  • Students will be able to understand a fraction as a number on the number line; represent fractions on a number line diagram.
  • Students will be able to explain equivalent fractions and compare fractions by reasoning about their size.

Success Criteria:

  • Students will be able to describe in words, pictures, or video the difference between a numerator and denominator.
  • Students will be able to identify, name, and draw unit fractions with denominators of 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8.  
  • Students will be able to identify and draw fractions on a number line.
  • Students will be able to draw equal parts of a whole.
  • Students will be able to identify, name, and draw fractions equivalent fractions or fractions of the same size.

Step 2 - Planning Instruction

Student Background Knowledge

  • Students need to have an understanding of whole numbers, numbers represented on a number line, and numbers in a diagram.
  • Students also need access to a Chromebook or computer.  They need to know how to login in, navigate the internet, and navigate google resources like docs, slides, forms, and jamboard.     

Strategies for Diverse Learners

  • Teachers can modify this lesson for diverse learners by providing flexible due dates, allowing them to work in peer groups complete activities, providing headphones, and giving them a quiet spot to work.
  • This lesson provides multiple media resources.  It has students access videos, digital books, pictures, and games.  It also gives them independence to choose how they learn the content.  Give them plenty of time to investigate the resources that appeal to them.

Step 3 - Instruction

Day 1:

Anticipatory set (5 minutes):  

  • Begin by asking two students to come to the front of the class.  Then give them one orange.  Next, do a "think-pair-share" activity, but asking the students the question, "If there is only one orange... how are the students going to share it equally between them?"   Give the students a few moments to think and then have them share their answer with the person next to them.  Call on a few students to share their response to the class.

Lesson: (30 minutes)

Tell the students that over the next few days they will be using a Digital Learning Hub called "Fractions are Fun" to explore fractions.  Using the website they will watch videos, read digital books, explore websites, and play games all while gaining a greater understanding of fractions.  

Next,  have the students each get their classroom Chromebook and access the digital learning hub provided in the link below.  Today tell the students they will have 5 minutes to explore the site.  After 5 minutes, use a signal to get the students attention to stop.

Last, tell the students that today they are going to explore the videos on the "home page" and the "digital content page." Then give them time to watch the videos on their own or with a peer.

Day 2 through Day 4:

Anticipatory set: (5 Minutes)

Tell the students to quietly get out of their seats and stand in an "inside outside circle" formation.  Once the students are facing each other, tell them to share something they learned about fractions from the previous day's lesson. Next, have them slowly rotate until they are standing in front of someone new.  Have them share something new.  Continue this process, until they have share 2 or 3 times.

Lesson: (60 minutes)

Next,  have the students each get their classroom Chromebook and access the digital learning hub provided in the link below. Tell them that today they will have a choice in their learning.  They are going to read and complete one of the activities listed on the site.  They can choose to complete a HyperDoc, a Digital Notebook, or a Jamboard activity.  They may do this alone or with a group of their peers.  Give them time to choose, read, watch, explore, and complete the activity.  Walk around the room and monitor the students, answer questions, and help those who need it.

 

Step 4 - Assessments

Assessing Student Comprehension will take place in multiple ways.

Formative Assessment:

  • Anticipatory Set.  At the beginning of each lesson have students discuss what they have learned with their peers using think-pair-share & inside outside circle.

Continuous Monitoring:

  • Make observations as students complete the activities on the Fractions are Fun Site.

Formative Assessments:

  • Students will demonstrate their knowledge by completing and submitting a Hyperdoc page, a digital notebook, and a Jamboard.
  • Students will complete the google form found on the "automated assignment" link in the fraction learning hub.