Instead of lecturing my students on fractions, as I used to do, I now start each class with a mini-lesson (15-20 minutes in length) to go over just a few examples of what they will be learning about today: adding and subtracting fractions, writing negative fractions one of three different ways, improper and mixed fractions, and comparing fractions (using cross-multiplication or the "shoelaces" technique).
As soon as the mini-lesson is over, I set them to task on this worksheet. I use this activity within cooperative groups, and I circulate to make sure they are getting the purpose of the questions.
Students do their work on a separate sheet of paper.
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Immediately before this worksheet, I use the worksheet named 'Fractions Review Part 1 Fall 2013' (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fractions-Review-Part-1-Fall-2013-1106647
), and immediately after this worksheet, I use the worksheet named 'Converting Percentage Word Problems into Equations Fall 2013' (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Converting-Percentage-Word-Problems-into-Equations-Fall-2013-1106031