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Overview:
In this lesson, students will use nautical flags to apply their understanding of addition and subtraction of fractions with unlike denominators within context. This is remixable if you provide additional supports for the range of learners.
Subject:
Mathematics
Level:
Upper Primary
Grades:
Grade 5
Material Type:
Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan
Author:
Date Added:
11/16/2019
License:
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
Language:
English
Media Format:
Downloadable docs, Text/HTML

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MARQUITA MORRIS on Dec 01, 06:23pm

I am an Accelerated Teacher (interventionist & content coach) for 4th and 5th grade . I like that this lesson incorporates flags that have different meanings. This lesson made me want to look up what the nautical flags symbols meant. This is a different way to get students to add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators. I believe the lesson has:
-Full alignment to depth and breadth of standards tagged.
-Has clear learning objectives that are achievable through completion of this resource.
-Has clear and sufficient assessment strategies that will accurately measure student progress and mastery of the specified standard.
2 strengths: 1.) Students are actively engaged in an instructional task that promotes the Four C's. 2.) Key concepts, ideas, and arguments are clear and supported by an appropriate level of detail to ensure student understanding and students have the opportunity to work in groups/collaborate.
Opportunities for growth: I think allowing students time to look up nautical flags online so that they can see what the different meanings are could really engage the students (even if its done whole group). I would also give a similar problem as the starter problem for the exit ticket.

JENNIFER CIANO on Nov 27, 10:10am

I am a 4th grade teacher who had taught 5th grade for a decade. I really enjoyed that this lesson uses colorful visual representations of fractions that allows students to think deeply about the different (possibly nontraditional) ways to decompose a rectangle into fractional pieces (halves, fourths, eights, etc.)

* Alignment to NC Standards: Full alignment to depth and breadth of the standard tagged.

* Evidence of Learning Objectives: Has clear learning objectives that are achievable through completion of this resource.

* Evidence of Assessment Strategies: This lesson has clear assessment strategies that will accurately measure student's knowledge of creating and adding fractional pieces with unlike denominators by using hands on learning and their knowledge of equivalent fractions. However, additional formative assessment, in the form of a pre-made exit ticket would be beneficial.

*Strengths: (1)- This lesson has strong levels of Engagement as it asks students to create flags using colored paper by using their knowledge of fractions, it calls for collaboration as students need to discuss their thinking and strategies, their is obvious critical thinking in being able to partition whole sheets of colored paper into fractional pieces that accurately match a visual (the flags).
(2)-This resource has exemplary Usability as it can easily be followed or modified to meet the needs of a 5th grade classroom.

*Opportunities: (1)-This lesson can be extended by asking students to use different colored papers (other than those specified in the lesson) to complete or give student more amount of paper and further parameters (create three flags, create two flags with _____fractional pieces and one flag that is 1/2 blue, etc.)
(2)-A formative task with direct instruction-like the two tasks could be added as a means of formative assessment.

Jamie Dyas on Nov 27, 09:04am

I am a fifth grade teacher. After viewing this lesson, it reminded me of a lesson that I have used at the beginning of the year to building mathematical mindsets and building fourths from youcubed that develops mindset in creating fourths with squares. When I read this, I was able to recall how we started the year with building mindset when task seem difficult. Linking learning to previous experiences will enhance the learning and conceptual development of mathematical practices.
-Full alignment to depth and breadth of standards tagged.
-Has clear learning objectives that are achievable through completion of this resource.
-Has clear and sufficient assessment strategies that will accurately measure student progress and mastery of the specified standard.

2 strengths: This lesson has content that is focused and engaging. It has rigor and conceptual knowledge that requires critical thinking. The engagement with the creativity of the lesson is memorable.

Opportunities for growth: formal evaluation/exit ticket might benefit from an example problem solving their own problems. Something to consider is that often in groups some students are more reserved and shy-which may mask their understanding. A reflection of modeling the task/solutions might help with their written reflection.

LOUISE SALERNO on Nov 23, 06:01pm

*I am a 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade math teacher. I really enjoyed that this lesson encourages students to use models and to analyze their reasoning.
*This is a detailed lesson plan that partially aligns with standard 5. NF. 1 by covering the “add and subtract fractions” part of the standard. This task should be considered as part of a unit that would address the standard, including “solving one- and two-step word problems in context using area and length models to develop the algorithm and represent the word problem in an equation.”
*This resource has clearly stated learning objectives that are achievable through the completion of this resource.
*This lesson has clearly stated and sufficient formative assessment strategies, including student reflection in the form of an exit ticket that will accurately measure student progress of the specified standard. This lesson may benefit from additional summative assessment strategies.
*This resource is user-friendly, engaging, and appropriate for the intended audience, including providing suggestions for extension.
*This resource may benefit from incorporating technology, which could allow students to manipulate and possibly create and analyze nautical flags digitally.

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