It’s time to learn fraction division and have fun doing so via a great real world use of fractions; baking! Follow this unique, week-long sequence of activities, math poetry, notes, and worksheets and your students will not only understand HOW to divide fractions, but also comprehend WHY fraction division works and in what situations it is useful.
NOTE: There are three different ways to purchase from the Biff and Brandi
series of products:
- If you are interested in multiplication of fractions only, purchase Fraction Multiplication (Featuring Biff and Brandi's Big Bad Brownies)
- If you are interested in division of fractions only, purchase this product, Fraction Division (Featuring Biff and Brandi's Big Bad Brownies)
- If you are interested in BOTH multiplication and division of fractions, purchase Fraction Multiplication and Division (Featuring Biff's Big Bad Brownies)
. This bundled product is sold at a discounted price and also includes a review sheet and unit assessment for multiplication and division of fractions.
Specifically, this product, Fraction Division (Featuring Biff and Brandi's Big Bad Brownies)
, contains the following activities:
“Biff and Brandi’s Big, Bad Brownies – Round 1” – Biff and Brandi need to make multiple batches of brownies but have only limited amounts of each ingredient. Students calculate the number of batches Biff and Brandi can make using each ingredient by drawing pictures and adding fractions. Students then answer a series of questions where they reflect upon the process and calculations they have just completed. This activity not only forces the students to think critically about how fractions work and how to solve complex problems using pictures and combinations of fractions, but leaves them wondering if there could possibly be an easier way to calculate the number of batches Biff and Brandi could make.
“Butter in the Batter Makes it Better” – Through a step-by-step “Voyage of Discovery,” students work as a class to analyze how they could calculate the amount of batches they could make using the amount of butter they have on hand, and discover that division could have been used to solve the “Big, Bad Brownie” problem. The teacher then works through a guided notes page (fraction poetry included!) with the students to discover how division works for proper fractions and whole numbers.
“Forget the Brownies! Just Divide (Proper Fractions / Whole Numbers)” – After completing a “warm-up” activity that helps solidify the concept of division, students address a series of computation problems (that include a variety of formats and division symbols) and word problems that are solved using division of proper fractions and whole numbers.
“Mixed Number Division Notes / Poetry” – After completing another “warm-up” activity that reviews concepts from the previous day and prepares the students for word problems to come, the teacher uses the provided poetry and examples to guide the students through the process of how to divide mixed numbers. This method mirrors the guided note-taking used in other products, and provides a simple and straightforward method for the teacher to train the students on mixed number division.
“Forget the Brownies! Just Divide! (Mixed Numbers)” – Students again address a series of computation problems and word problems, this time using division of mixed numbers to solve them.
“Biff and Brandi’s Big, Bad Brownies – Revisited” – Finally, the students triumphantly return to where it all began; the brownie problem. This time, however, they use division to again calculate the number of batches that could be made from each ingredient. Not surprisingly, this method allows them to compute number of batches in a small fraction of the time that it took them before discovering the wonders of division of fractions. This activity cements not only their knowledge of division, but also their understanding of why division of fractions is both necessary and useful.
This unique approach allows students to yearn for division of fractions, recognize its benefits, understand how it works (both pictorially and via appropriate mathematical methods), and use it to solve real-world problems. Opportunities for critical thinking abound as students go through this variety of challenging activities. If you are looking for a meaningful method that will ensure your students grasp and retain division of fractions, this is the product for you!
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