Fractions..most either love them or hate them. I have a love/hate relationship with them. I love the models and how the skills can sometimes be made pretty concrete. I don’t live how all the skills build on each other and all the skills the students must have mastered to complete one problem. We recently started our fraction unit, and I spent some time breaking our standards down into “I Can” statements. But I took it a step further and also wrote I Can statements for all the pesky embedded skills. (You know those skills that the kids are supposed to come to 5th grade already knowing… 😉 ) The end result was kinda scary! Take a look at all these skills…
After making the list (and getting over my feeling of being overwhelmed!), I did feel prepared, organized, and ready to tackle teaching the skills. I made copies for my kids which they glued in their math notebooks. Each time we learn (or review) a new skill, they check it off the list. Every now and then, we read over the list as a way to remind them of everything they have learned and need to remember to apply to fraction problems. Here is a picture from a couple of weeks ago.
This is definitely keeping me focused and making sure I teach and assess all the standards and the embedded skills.
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