An interactive activity in which you have to identify unit fractions of shapes.
Melissa Newnham's insight:
This interactive activity allows students to apply the knowledge they have learnt about fractions in a fun and engaging way. "Identifying Fractions of Shapes" ask students to identify what fraction of a particular shape is shaded. The students then have to choose the correct numerator and denominator. The teacher can also put a time limit on to see how many questions should get correct in a particular time frame. I would use this activity as an early finishers activity as they can time each other and create a competition. This activity provides students with feedback as they are given a score. "Hattie shows feedback has ore impact on learning than any other general factor" (Petty, 2009, p. 85). By providing students with feedback, they are able to see what areas they can improve on. This activity also provides the teacher on what knowledge they may need to go over. For example, students may struggle when working with fifths.
Petty, G. (2009). Evidence based teaching: A practical approach (2nd ed.). Cheltenham: Nelson Thornes.
This is a basic fraction music video I created for the 3rd graders at my school. It is available as a free download from my "Teachers Pay Teachers" store. ht...
Melissa Newnham's insight:
'Down on the Farm' is a great resource to use in the classroom to introduce fractions in Mathematics for Stage 2. It relates to the Mathematics syllabus outcome MA2-7NA represents, models and compares commonly used fractions and decimals. The video shows fractions by using music to engage the students. It explores animals that children may find on the farm and explores the fractions shown by the animals. By showing this as a video to students, it allows the teacher to pause the video at anytime and explain the fractions the students may have seen. I would use this video as an introduction in a lesson before asking students to draw their own animals and represent a particular fraction. The video relates to the TPACK as there is no cognitive overload occurring. The students are able to visualise the fractions and the audio also helps them to understand fractions, which can be a confusing concept for some students.
Pizza Fractions is an application that students can use on the iPads to test themselves on their knowledge of fractions. It is related to the Mathematics Syllabus Outcome MA2-7NA represents, models and compares commonly used fractions and decimals. There is an adjustable level of difficulty so students' can do the level appropriate to their own knowledge, which allows for differentiation in the classroom. A competition can also be created for all students in the class as a score is given at the end. I would use this as an early finishers activity for students who have completed the set work on fractions. There will be fifteen iPads available to a class of thirty students so students may be required to work in pairs. I would use this as a conclusion to a lesson by testing students knowledge about what they have learnt in the body of the lesson. This activity also promotes collaboration as students can work in pairs and help each other if there is a question they can't answer.
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