Trying to make teaching fraction more interesting? Tearing out your hair? It was that frustration that had me looking for a way to give my students information they could understand and more opportunities to practice those skills. The math book just didn’t seem to meet the needs of my students. I was reminded by my mentor that textbooks should be a supplemental tool and not the curriculum.
Let me help you by showing you what I did to make multiplying and dividing fractions less frustrating!
I decided to take the textbook information and put it into kid-friendly words.
I had the kids glue the notes into their journals so the information would be at their fingertips!
And because the dreaded “End of Grade” test looms all year…I decided to create word problems to go along with the note students put into their journals. That would give my students more practice than what was in our math textbook.
I also used the word problems as a review game. I put one word problem on each student’s desk, in no particular order. Students stand behind their chairs and the game begins as each student solves the problem on their desk. As they finish, students put their hands on their shoulders. When everyone has solved the problem on their desk, students move to the next desk. When all the students have moved around the room and are back at their own desk, we go over the answers and students share how they solved the problems.
The word problems can be used in a lot of different ways in your classroom, beyond just a review game! The word problems can be used as bell ringers to get students thinking. You could put the word problems in your math center for independent work.
If you want to check out my word problems, just click on my picture.