This Expert Corner activity is perfect for differentiating to the varying ability levels represented in your classroom. Support your strugglers and challenge your high-flyers!
In this activity, students practice converting decimals to fractions. Each of the three sheets increases in difficulty as follows:
Expert Corners (A): Terminating Decimals
Expert Corners (B): Repeating Decimals with Denominators of 3, 9, and 11
Expert Corners (C): Repeating Decimals with Larger Denominators
The teacher chooses one of the sheets to start with. Students begin in heterogenous (mixed ability levels) home groups of 4. They are numbered in a way such that struggling students are 1s and higher students are 4s. Students begin working only on their number on the worksheet (each problem becomes increasingly more challenging). After a few minutes, number the corners of your room and students move to their corner, where they can finish the problem with others that have the same number. This is the problem that each student becomes the "expert" at.
After sufficient time, all students move back to their seats in their home groups. The teacher chooses any number to begin and the students with that number teach the rest of their team how they completed that problem. The rest of the team completes that problem on their paper. Each student gets a turn to teach their team the problem they are the expert at.
This activity builds a great deal of confidence because each student gets to become an expert at a problem. Struggling students become experts at a simpler problem and higher students become experts at more challenging problems, so all students remain engaged.
Included in this Product:
•Three Expert Corner sheets
•Answer key for each sheet
•Detailed Teacher Instructions
******This product is a part of 8.NS.1 Rational and Irrational Numbers Cooperative Learning Activities
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