Saturday, April 7, 2012

Do You Get The Look?

I'm sure everyone has gotten the "look"!  You know, the look on a student's face that says, "I don't have a clue what you're talking about or trying to teach me". The look that says, "You must be crazy, right?".  Well, every time I teach fractions, percents, and decimals...I get the "look".  Fractions, percents, and decimals is one of the concepts that needs to be taught after your students have a strong foundation in number sense.  One of my favorite ways to accomplish this is by using concrete, hands-on, visual cues to help my students order, compare, and understand them. Simply take a piece of masking tape, painters tape, or bankers tape and place it in an area of your classroom where it won't be disturbed or where you've designated an independent learning area.  Mark each end and the center with benchmark numbers, for example, 0, 1/2, 50%, 1, 100%, 1.00, these will all work. It's your choice though, so use whichever benchmark numbers you've been working with your students on.  Next, using index cards that are labeled with your fractions, percents, and decimals, have your students order and compare them as they place them on the tape. 

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Flower Fraction-Percent-Decimal Shuffle
I've created the Flower Fraction-Percent-Decimal Shuffle unit to use when teaching ordering and comparing fractions. I've listed it on TeachersPayTeachers, but you can also purchase it for less right here on my site under the resources section tab.  Have fun teaching fractions, percents, and decimals and don't forget to add your own "flower shuffle" which you are surely going to get the "look" from your students!


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