This week we've been reviewing what we know about fractions. We made fraction strips to use as a tool in our learning and practiced finding equivalent fractions. Now we know that an equivalent fraction means a fraction with a different numerator and denominator than another fraction but with the same value, like 1/2 and 4/8. For most of us, this was review, but we are working on deepening our conceptual understanding so we can clearly communicate our thinking.
We also tried Math stations this week. These were fun! We rotated through two equivalent fraction games (one where we could also explore adding), pattern block puzzles about part/whole relationships, and using Cuisenaire rods to represent fractions with different wholes. Some of us found these stations difficult and some of us were very comfortable; we all have different strengths in learning. Soon we will branch out from each other a bit as Grade 6 continues exploring improper fractions and mixed numbers while Grade 7 looks at relationships between these concepts, decimal numbers, and percents. We will continue to incorporate statíons into Math class this term so we get lots of opportunities to practice and apply concepts.