In 2010, I began participating in a math grant that had me engaging with the Common Core standards. This gave me a jump start to the current expectations in the mathematics classroom. Last school year was the first full year of implementation, and like many other math teachers I had to find a way to teach these standards in a way that worked for me. I was basically told to utilize Engage NY and that was it. While I review the California Framework and heavily referenced Engage and used their examples, I still put it into a format that worked for me and my students. I noticed that my students were not getting any repeated practice and the support for language was missing. As I created my own guided notes for students and was on the design team for district assessments, I learned a lot about the standards and how to deliver them to students. This school year, I’m teaching math to two different classes so I got to make corrections right away to what wasn’t working.
All of that led to my current guided notes for dividing fractions utilizing the standard algorithm (6.NS.1). I have included the handouts for students, exit tickets, teacher notes, and answers. In my classroom, I simply utilize a document camera to display what they should be doing in their notes. I used to make fancy PowerPoints, but I have found modeling how to take notes (highlighting, underlining, etc.) is almost like a think aloud and demonstrates to students what they should be doing.
I have broken this concept into 3 lessons, plus I have included a study guide and a quiz. I only have 50 minutes to teach each one, so if you have more time you could definitely combine them.
The lessons are as follows:
Identify the Standard Algorithm
Prove the Standard Algorithm with Models
Utilize the Standard Algorithm
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You may also want to start with my lessons on Dividing Fractions with Models. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Model-Fraction-Division-Divide-Fractions-using-Models-Notes-Exit-Tickets-More-2163923