If any skill will be the death of me, it is definitely Fractions! They are so hard for 5th graders to wrap their heads around. And the standards for 5th grade? Gah, I remember learning some of these standards in middle school! But, unfortunately, they must be taught. In order to make Fractions a bit more tolerable, I created Fraction Tasks and Challenges resource with a CHOCOLATE theme! I mean, who doesn’t love chocolate?
Not only are they Chocolate themed, but they are also differentiated…best of BOTH worlds! Here is an example of a task for comparing fractions. P.S. These two tasks are available for FREE in the preview file of this resource….but that is not the only freebie..keep reading for another freebie.
Here is a more detailed breakdown of the levels:
•Level 1: This level is the simpler level. This level may contain
simpler numbers (Examples: like denominators, smaller factors, etc),
models, equation scaffolds, or thinking prompts. These levels would work
best for 4th grade students or struggling 5th and 6th grade students.
•Level 2: This is an on-grade level task or challenge that is geared
toward 5th grade standards. This level would work with below level 6th
graders or advanced 4th graders.
Here is why I love these tasks so much! Each task includes multiple steps and requires the students to prove their answers with models, equals, and explanations.
The tasks are great at helping students practice organizing information presented in lengthy tasks or word problems…you know, the ones that make teachers cringe when we see them on standardized tests.
This pack includes so many Fraction skills! Too many to list out, so here is a shot of the Table of Contents with all the tasks and skills listed.
If you think this resource may be helpful to you, check it out by clicking here.
Now, for the freebie! We are knee deep in Fractions now, and my students are getting a tad bit (read: A LOT) confused when it comes to all the steps and different models/algorithms. We have a mid-winter break coming up, so I created a Fraction Computation Challenge for them to complete over the break. Take a look!
I left off any reference to a break, so you could use this challenge at any time of the year. Click here to download your copy!
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