Fourth grade fractions have begun! This is a big unit for us, and we start with some exploration both individually and in groups or pairs. Students have used a real-world problem involving students going on a field trip and how much of a submarine each student in different groups is given. The questions posed are not only how much each student would get, but also is it fair between the groups?
We have begun our unit on division! We started with a method we like to call "pots & plates" and will move into partial quotients.
We have been working on a Week of Inspirational Math from Stanford University. It is a chance for our students to grow their brains and work through problems both in a group and individually. You can find out more here.
The lessons start with a mindset video and leads into an investigation. The videos are about growing your brain and making mistakes and not rushing! One of our investigations asked us to create a rectangle that was 11 x 13 on a piece of graph paper. It was then our challenge create the fewest amount of squares inside that rectangle using up all of the space in side. Our current record is 6. Can you get less?!?
We also grew our brains by looking at and analyzing an emoji graph. Then students had a chance to create their own!