A 60 minute lesson in which students will apply knowledge and understanding of fractions to a real-world context.
Watch the Flag Song videoon YouTube. After watching, ask the students:
Which flags do you remember from the video?
What types of colors and patterns were featured on the flags?
What types of symbols were featured on the flags?
Explain to the students that they are going to design a flag of their own, using their knowledge and understanding of fractions.
Provide the students with a copy of the Math Investigation – Exploring Fractions. Read through the scenario, the task, the design elements, the spacing guidelines and the procedure with the students. Answer any questions the students may have about the task and check that they understand the task instructions.
Encourage the students to suggest some possible design strategies for the task. List these on the board so that the students may refer to them throughout the design process.
Monitor and support the students as they plan and create their flag designs using the templates provided in the investigation booklet.
Check on how the students are progressing with their designs. The speed at which the students will finish these will vary.
Encourage more capable students to make their flag design as sophisticated as possible, within the guidelines of the task.
Support less capable students by allowing them to consult with a teacher or teacher aide during the planning process. Alternatively, the task could be simplified by reducing the number of design elements before commencing.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities