Monstrous Math

NAME: Erica Sims Grade Level(s): 5 Subject(s):
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Mathematics/Arithmetic Language Arts/Writing Technology

Description: In this lesson, students use fraction circles to create a "fraction monster." Students practice their skills in adding fractions with unlike denominators. The activity also provides an opportunity to integrate creative writing into the math curriculum. The student will Goal: Students will be able to add fractions with unlike denominators and use their creative writing skills to construct a short story. National/State Standards: 1e. Model and identify equivalent fractions including conversions of improper fractions to mixed numbers and visa versa. NETS –S Standards: 1. Use keyboards and other common input and output devices ( including adaptive devices when necessary) efficiently and effectively. 2. Use technology tools (multimedia, authoring, presentation, web tools, digital cameras, scanners) for individuals and collaborative writing, communication, and publishing activities to create knowledge products for audiences inside and outside the classroom. Objectives: The students will: 1. create a "fraction monster" using at least four different types of fraction circle pieces (halves, twelfths, thirds, etc.). 2. add the fractions in their "fraction monsters" to arrive at a total value. 3. write a creative short story about their "fraction monsters." 4. create a story board for their fraction monsters and short stories


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Ellison cutouts of fraction circle pieces [each type of fraction (halves, thirds, fourths, etc.) should be a different color] white sheets of construction paper glue pencils paper poster board computers construction paper scissors digital camera

Activity One (notice that the first part include the Teacher’s procedures/actions and the second part consists of Students’ procedures/tasks to complete the activity) 1. Teacher will prepare the classroom for the activity by collecting required materials and resources for students to use for the hands-on activity. 2. Teacher will develop instructional materials for the lesson activity (e.g., overheads). 3. Review the addition of fractions with different denominators. Write a couple of problems on the board, and review how to find a common denominator. Inform students that they are going to do some "monstrous math problems" today. 4. Put the box of Ellison cutouts in a central location. Explain that the cutouts represent fractions of whole circles (you may want to sketch a couple of examples on the board -one circle divided into thirds, another circle divided into sixths, etc.). Let students know that each color represents a different fraction (e.g., a yellow piece is 1/2, a red piece is 1/4, etc.). 5. Ask students to use at least four different types of fraction circle pieces to create a "fraction monster." Students can glue their pieces on a sheet of white construction paper. Remind students to put their names on their papers. 6. After students have created their monsters, they should add up the fraction values that they used. 7. Students will record their work on a piece of paper (to be collected later). 8. Ask students to share their results to see who has a monster made up of the most whole circles and who has a monster made up of the least whole circles. 9. Then, have students write a creative short story about their monsters on paper to be presented to class and later pasted to a class poster board for everyone to see. Students will vote on whose story is the best. 10. Remind students to check their work for grammar, spelling, and punctuation. 11. Teacher will collect and display students' "fraction monsters" and stories, and check for accuracy in adding unlike denominators. Activity Two

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The teacher will prepare the room by turning on all of the computers for the students to use. The teacher will explain to the students that they will be creating story boards for their “fraction monsters”. The teacher explains that the students should type their stories on the computers and use construction paper and pictures from digital cameras to create scenes from their stories. The children will use the computers to type their stories about their “fraction monsters” on Word. They will then use digital cameras to take pictures of their “fraction monsters” and create scenes to go along with their short story. The students will create scenes using their “fraction monster”, and some construction paper. The students will also use the computers to print these pictures out.

Activity One The fraction monster activity will be evaluated using a 5 point rubric (1 being the lowest score) on these criteria: participation, accurate calculation, and problem-solving. The short story activity will be evaluated using a 5 point rubric (1 being the lowest score) on these criteria: participation, creativity, and presentation style.

Activity Two The story boards will be evaluated on a 15 point rubric ( 1 being the lowest score). 10 points-story typed and pictures of some story scenes (at least 3) 5 points- creativity and grammatical correctness

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