# Lesson 6: Fractions in Everyday Life – Problem Solving

Introduction to Fractions Unit Plan - Year 1 and Year 2 | Lesson 6 | 60 minutes

A 60 minute lesson in which students will solve simple word problems involving fractions.

## Lesson Plan

### Tuning In

- Play the
*Pizza Fraction Bingo*as a class, using the cards which show the fraction written in words.

### Teacher Instruction

- Project the
*Problem Solving Mat*on the board. Write the following word problem:*Jane and Bob were having a sleepover. They ordered some pizza. Jane ate ¼ of a pizza. Bob ate ¾ of a pizza. How many pizzas did Jane and Bob eat altogether?*Demonstrate to the students how to solve the problem using the problem solving mat. Discuss the answer as a class.

### Guided/Independent Learning

- Provide the students with a laminated copy of the problem solving mat used in the previous activity
*.*As a class, complete the first word problem on page 12 of the*Fractions Worksheet Pack – Lower Grades**.*Encourage the students use their problem solving mat. Allow the students to copy their answer and drawing on their worksheet. - Support the students to complete the second word problem using their problem solving mat. Discuss the answer as a class, then allow the students to then copy their answer and drawing on their worksheet.
- Monitor and support the students to independently complete the remaining problems on page 12, using their problem solving mat as a scaffold.

### Wrapping Up

- Discuss the answers of the worksheet with the students. Allow the students to self-correct their worksheets in order to provide them with immediate feedback.

## Differentiation

### Extending Students

- Write additional word problems on the board for fast finishers to complete.

### Supporting Students

- Allow students who are finding the problem solving task challenging to work with a friend.

## Assessment Strategies

Suggested Assessment Strategies

- used strategic whole class or individual questioning
- observed student participation during learning activities
- recorded student progress on a checklist
- annotated student work samples
- collected and reviewed student work samples
- facilitated whole class or peer feedback sessions
- encouraged student self-reflection
- administered formal assessment tasks.

## Resources

#### Common Core State Standards alignment

Grade 1 > Standards for Mathematical Practice > Geometry > Reason with shapes and their attributes > **CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.G.A.3**

Partition circles and rectangles into two and four equal shares, describe the shares using the words halves, fourths, and quarters, and use the phrases half of, fourth of, and quarter of. Describe the whole as two of, or four of the shares. Understand for these examples that decomposing into more equal shares creates smaller shares.

Grade 2 > Standards for Mathematical Practice > Geometry > Reason with shapes and their attributes > **CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.G.A.3**

Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares, describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc., and describe the whole as two halves, three thirds, four fourths. Recognize that equal shares of identical wholes need not have the same shape.

Grade 3 > Standards for Mathematical Practice > Number & Operations - Fractions > Develop understanding of fractions as numbers > **CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.NF.A.1**

Understand a fraction 1/b as the quantity formed by 1 part when a whole is partitioned into b equal parts; understand a fraction a/b as the quantity formed by a parts of size 1/b.

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