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NAME: ____________________________ Grade Level(s): 4 Subject(s): • • Geometry Fractions

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. Goal: Students will be able to add fractions with unlike denominators and use their creative writing skills to construct a short story. State Standards (4th Grade Level): • • • Add and subtract fractions with like denominators. (DOK 1) Model and identify equivalent fractions. (DOK 2) Analyze and describe the similarities and differences between and among two-and threedimensional geometric shapes, figures, and models using mathematical language. (DOK 2)

NETS –S Standards: • • •

Use keyboards and other common input and output devices (including adaptive devices when necessary) efficiently and effectively. (1) Use general purpose productivity tools and peripherals to support personal productivity, remediate skill deficits, and facilitate learning throughout the curriculum Use telecommunications efficiently to access remote information, communicate with others in support of direct and independent learning, and pursue personal interests. (4)

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. with the help of educational software (link is provided below), practice identifying and creating unique fractions.

Materials:

• • • • • • • •

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 computer with internet access MS-paint

Procedures:

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 • Student: Go to the Mathfrog website and click on the NAMING FRACTIONS icon.

http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/frames_asid_104_g_1_t_1.html Practice naming the fraction displayed in the picture. If you get it right, try another new fraction. If you get it wrong, ask the teacher for help. You will need to complete 10 fractions before moving on to the next exercise. Teacher: Make sure the student is on the correct exercise. Using the overhead video projector, show the students an example of how to use the program. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------• Student: Go to the Mathfrog website and click on the QUADRILATERAL QUEST icon. After you complete the first exercise, complete four more exercises by clicking NEXT. http://teams.lacoe.edu/documentation/classrooms/amy/geometry/68/activities/quad_quest/quad_quest.html Teacher: make sure the student is on the correct exercise. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------• Student: Drawing Fractions as Shapes Exercise-Using MS-Paint, draw a blue circle about the size of an apple and divide it with lines in order to represent the fraction 5/8.

Shade the portion representing the numerator in polka dots, and leave the denominator portion of the fraction plain. • Next, draw a red square and divide it with lines in order to represent the fraction 3/4.

Shade the portion representing the numerator in polka dots, and leave the denominator portion of the fraction plain. Both shapes should fit on one page. Print the page when you are finished. Teacher: Make sure the student is on the correct exercise. Show the students an example of what a yellow 5/6 circle looks like.

Assessment/Evaluation:

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 Naming Fractions Exercise 2 points for each fraction correctly identified Quadrilateral Quest Exercise 2 points for each quadrilateral correctly identified Drawing Fractions as Shapes Exercise 2 points for each shape drawn properly 8 points for dividing each shape into the correct fraction

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