Week of September 29 – Fractions & Decimals

Exploring

Last week we explored whole number operations. This weeks learning sessions, we moved forward and started to explore operations with fractions and decimals. Our activity sessions consolidated the resources, teaching methods, and learning strategies that are found in Making Math Meaningful to Canadian Students, K-8 by Nelson. I also chose to explore some other resources for fractions and decimals.

Learn Alberta has a Math Interactives page that contains a “smoothie making” activity to review fractions in an obvious practical application. The player is shown a recipe for a smoothie and is asked to turn the dials on the measuring machine to help create the right combination. Questions proceed to get more difficult, asking for the lowest common denominator, ordering fractions and adding fractions. This resource also has Print Activities and Learning Strategies files that can be used to guide lesson plans and help educators teach the principles of fraction and decimal operations.

Another amazing resource for fractions and decimals comes from the Ontario Association for Mathematics Education or the OAME. They have an abundance of math resources separated by grade and organized by unit. Since I am in a grade 7 classroom, I chose to explore their Unit 7. Fractions and Decimals resource for grade 7.  I highly recommend this resource for any pre-service or in-service math teacher in Ontario. It makes relevant connections to the curriculum, offers teaching strategies and offers and abundance of examples and activities to use in the classroom. Click the link above and check it out!

Reflecting

Looking at the fraction and decimals resources, it is evident there are an abundant of tools educators and parents can use to further their student’s learning. The “Exploring” section above only scratches the surface of a sea of resources that are available. This is comforting to myself as a pre-service teacher. I am going to be teaching grade 7 math and as a new teacher it is great to not only know resources are available, but have a chance to explore them and perhaps try them out in the classroom to judge their effectiveness. Just looking at the OAME resource section, an educator can start to feel a little more supported as they plan lessons and assessments.
Valid and reliable resources contribute to my knowledge base as an educator. There are many resources available, but the goal is to curate quality resources. The accumulation of these types of resources become invaluable to teachers because they prepare them for a variety of situations. Are your students in need of vast differentiated learning techniques? Are you teaching math at a new grade level for the time? If these are true, educators can consult their reliable resources and feel confident they will be giving their students an equitable chance to succeed in math.

Class Update

Lastly, I would like to give a little update on my class’ learning of math! My associate teacher and I designed a workstation review activity to explore rate, ratio, and BEDMAS. Here are a few of my own pictures from our activity. (All pictures used with permission of school, teacher and student.)
Girls attempting a rate question.

 

One of the student’s solutions to the rate question.
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