Goal Directed Learning: Adoption Level

K-4 Lesson

"Blogging: Part to Whole" A lesson about fractions

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Grade Level

3

Classroom Configuration

  • Whole group and one to one, in a computer lab or mobile lab setting

 

Arizona Common Core State Standards: Math
Mathematical Practices
3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
4. Model with mathematics.

3.NF.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

Common Core State Standards: ELA
Comprehension and Collaboration
3.SL.3
Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail.
Production and Distribution of Writing
3.W.6
With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others.

Arizona Educational Technology Standards (2009)

  1. Strand 1: Creativity and Innovation
    1. Concept 1: Knowledge and Ideas. Use Technology to generate knowledge and new ideas.
      1. PO 1. Analyze information to generate new ideas and products.
  2. Strand 1: Creativity and Innovation
    1. Concept 2: Models and Simulations. Use digital models and simulations to examine real-world connections, explore complex systems and issues, and enhance understanding.
      1. PO 2. Explore and experiment with system variables using models or simulations.
  3. Strand 2: Communication and Collaboration;
    1. Concept 1: Effective Communications and Digital Interactions Communicate and collaborate with others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
      1. PO 1. Communicate digitally with others by selecting and using a variety of appropriate communication tools.

Objectives

  1. Students will show understanding of part to whole fractions.
  2. Students will be able to answer part to whole questions prepared by teacher
  3. Students will be able to plan an activity in which classmates partake in an assignment that uses fractions with the whole class.
  4. Students will be able to create a blog in which they can give and receive written feedback about the activity in an online environment (blog).

Procedure

  1. Show students the concept of “part to whole,” using an example from BrainPopJr or Discovery Education or another of teacher choice.
  2. After students see the video, have them brainstorm using mind-mapping software such as Bubbl.us or Mindmeister or Interactive White board drawing tools to list examples of fractions. Examples: pie, cake, pizza, playdough, etc.
  3. Have students work in pairs to plan a game, activity, or song that demonstrates a representation of part to whole fractions. (They can choose to use a technology tool to show their representation but it is not required. For example, Interactive Whiteboard gallery or images from an website that represent fractions).
  4. Students share their representation with the class and provide an oral assessment to their peers with help from the teacher.
  5. Allow students to access computers and assist them in adding to class blog, that will ask three questions about their presentation on fractions. (Examples of blog creating software: Typepad, Kidblog
  6. Students will be required to comment on at least three different blogs in which they respond to the oral assessment presented during the presentation. If the students do not answer correctly, the student who originated the blog or the teacher can make appropriate comments.
    1. *Optional extension: Students can videotape the presentations and teacher can upload to class blog or website for further reinforcement.

Materials

  1. Computer with Internet connection
  2. Blog creating software (such as TypePad typepad.com) or Kidblog (kidblog.org/) and student accounts set up to comment.
  3. Mindmapping Tools:
    1. Bubbl.us (bubbl.us) or Mindmeister (mindmeister.com)
  4. Projector
  5. Interactive whiteboard, optional
  6. Student computers with Internet connection
  7. Optional: Videocamera (such as a FlipVideo camera or other USB connecting video camera), and movie editing software

Assessment

Students will use the blog to assess other students’ knowledge of their presentations. Teacher can administer a short quiz or slide show on fractions either digitally (Google Forms, Student Response System software) or using paper and pencil.

 

Technology Integration Matrix

Active

Collaborative

Constructive

Authentic

Goal Directed