The focus of this activity to challenge students to unpack a rule and see if it is being used correctly. Often students will just learn a rule and blindly use it. This task gets students to stop and think and then make corrections to ensure the rule works in all cases (generalise).
- Find a fraction of a quantity
- Use fractions to represent information
- Represent and recognise equivalent fractions
- Use knowledge of fractions to find a total
- Identify, continue and create simple number patterns involving fractions
- Solve word problems that involve fractions
- Show the strategy used to solve the problem
- Explain the strategy used to find a possible solution
- Check the solution to a problem using a model, visual method or calculations
At the end of this lesson students should be able to answer the following questions
- How can we represent this problem?
- How do we find a fraction of a collection?
- What is a good strategy when you enter the room?
- Is it always better to go the table with the least amount of people?
- Do you notice any patterns?
- What do we know about the monkey problem?
- What do we need to find out?
- How can we begin to find a possible solution?
- What would help us find a solution?
- How can you check that your solution is correct?
For more information, please download the attached lesson plan.