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Math Investigation – Operations with Fractions with Common Denominators

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7 pages (PDF)|This resource is suitable for Grades: 4 - 5

A mathematics investigation about fractions, embedded in a real-world context.

This open-ended mathematics investigation has been designed to deepen students’ understanding of fractions.

In this investigation, students must use their knowledge and understanding of fractions to design a colorful floor rug for a home renovation competition. The floor rug design must adhere to a list of competition rules. Students must record and analyze their color choices on the worksheet provided.

This teaching resource includes:

  • teacher notes, detailing a range of important information about the investigation
  • a detailed description of the investigation for students, including step-by-step instructions
  • two blank floor rug templates
  • two ‘recording and analyzing’ worksheets
  • reflection questions.

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Common Core State Standards alignment

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  • Rug templated changed from 5 x 5 to 6 x 4.

    Change by Stephanie (Teach Starter) 13th Aug, 2017

  • Uneven boxes in rug template fixed.

    Fix by Stephanie (Teach Starter) 12th Jun, 2017

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