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Dividing Fractions- Mystery Word Activity

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This activity is a great way to practice dividing fractions with and without word problems. Sets 1, 2, and 5 are standard numerical problems, whereas Sets 3 and 4 are word problems.

How it Works for GROUP WORK:
*Divide your class into five different groups. You will want 3-6 students per group.
*Each student will be given a recording page. This is the page that has the clues on it.
*Each group will then be given ONE bag. The bag they are given will contain the set cards that you have previously cut up. (You can also simply keep the pages/card intact if you don’t want to cut them up.) I make my sets different colors so it’s visually easier to keep track of.
*The students will work as a team to solve all of the cards in their set. If you have six students in a group, they will each answer one card. Let’s say you have four students in a group. Two of your students will answer one card, and two of your students will answer two cards. This is great for students of mixed abilities; your higher kids will be able to tackle more problems, keeping them more engaged in the activity.
*Once each student solves their problem(s), they will circle (if you laminated the cards) or select the appropriate answer and letter. If they get an answer that isn’t on the card at all, they’ll know they’ve made a mistake. If one student accidentally selects the wrong answer, the entire riddle will be wrong. For this reason, students are encouraged to work slowly and collaborate with their groupmates; they want to be sure collect the correct letters for their word.

*After all of the cards have been completed, students will record the letters they have collected on their recording page. The letters that they have collected spell out a six-letter word. There is a clue on their recording page that will assist them as they try to determine what the word is.
*Once each group has completed their set, they will rotate the bags and move on to the next one. You could also allot your students a certain amount of minutes (e.g., 7-10) to complete their questions, and save the riddle-solving until the end or when they have extra time during the activity. It’s totally up to you and your class how you rotate the sets.


How it Works for CENTERS:
*Students will be given the recording page and have access to each of the sets.
*The students will work to solve all of the cards in each set, collecting letters for each right answer. Once they have finished each card in their set, they can start trying to determine the mystery word. They may only get to 1 or 2 sets during their center time, and that’s okay! They can complete the other sets as an early finish activity throughout the rest of the week.
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