tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6763670682969260926.post7273581050555638490..comments2024-01-10T11:54:49.035-05:00Comments on Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans: Fraction Action Fun with Friends!Michelehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04674675143629781926noreply@blogger.comBlogger5125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6763670682969260926.post-78595863377646565372012-12-10T21:21:37.476-05:002012-12-10T21:21:37.476-05:00It does! Thanks!It does! Thanks!Diane Rhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01902328050862071256noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6763670682969260926.post-64165605090293100112012-12-10T21:15:42.551-05:002012-12-10T21:15:42.551-05:00Could you say something like you have 3/4 of a ya...Could you say something like you have 3/4 of a yard of ribbon. It needs to be cut into 3/8 inch pieces. How many pieces will I have? Then they could create a visual representation using a ruler if you had to..3/4 is really 6/8 divided by 3/8 would give you 2/1. Not sure if that helps or not.Michelehttps://www.blogger.com/profile/04674675143629781926noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6763670682969260926.post-61479035390546971502012-12-10T19:40:33.825-05:002012-12-10T19:40:33.825-05:00Yes, that makes sense. Putting in a whole number h...Yes, that makes sense. Putting in a whole number helps. I could never come up with a scenario where you would divide 3/4 by 3/8 and get 2.Diane Rhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01902328050862071256noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6763670682969260926.post-11423517232937631302012-12-10T16:45:12.548-05:002012-12-10T16:45:12.548-05:00Usually you teach the kids about using the inverse...Usually you teach the kids about using the inverse operation (Multiplication), because technically you would need to find a common denominator to actually divide a fraction. Mutliplying is so much easier.<br />When I teach this I start with a visual model of using a whole number and I tell a baking story. For example, my Dad bakes 9 loves of bread and divides them into thirds. How many people can he feed if everyone gets an equal amount...etc. <br />Most of the word problems for my sixies have to do with cutting boards and ribbon, so they start to look for the word clues about division.<br />I hope that helps!<br />MicheleMichelehttps://www.blogger.com/profile/04674675143629781926noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6763670682969260926.post-48010064507271210542012-12-09T22:36:15.366-05:002012-12-09T22:36:15.366-05:00I always struggled to find a practical application...I always struggled to find a practical application where you would actually divide fractions. Everything I came up with was actually multiplying the fractions. Like if you had 5/8 of a cake left and you wanted to divide it in half, you are actually multiplying by 1/2. Every other teacher at my school that I have asked can't come up with a situation either. Since you teach it, do you have a real-life example?<br /><br />Diane<br /><a href="http://fifthinthemiddle.blogspot.com" rel="nofollow">Fifth in the Middle</a>Diane Rhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01902328050862071256noreply@blogger.com