This lesson on fractions was FUN for my students, because they were able to teach each other! Flipping your classroom is a fun and easy way to solidify understanding and assist students who need more help.
Here is how I do it:
- Spend the first day creating your anchor chart and giving direct and explicit instruction on the concept. I define the SMART words they will need in order to be successful. The day before I defined and wrote the definitions of the following on the board: Fraction, Numerator, Denominator, Linear Fractions and Fraction of a Whole. I also did a demonstration and hands-on activity on creating fractions of a whole by making a picture and writing the fraction as a number.
- I teach the students how to use manipulatives, and allow them access to these important resources during instruction.
- I always have my anchor chart out from the direct instruction.
- I create an interactive presentation using near pod for the students to show their understanding and track through. If you do not have this, I suggest using google slides. Google slides is free for educators. Near pod is an amazing resource that has been a game changer for my classroom.
- Model what is expected for an all the way correct answer. I made the words numerator, fraction and denominator mandatory words.
- Make sure students have a buddy or group to work with… this creates even more opportunities for collaborative learning.
- Allow the students to teach each other by explaining their reasoning behind their answers. I call this “claiming your genius answer.”
- Have fun! Encourage students and use the time to take notes on who needs more help, and facilitate good conversations and collaboration between your students.
This ends up being a blend of whole-group, small-group and direct instruction that is student-led. ❤