Want to challenge you students to pay close attention to the difference between and dividing and multiplying fractions all while giving them the opportunity to get up and move around? Then this activity is for you! Half of the problems are multiplying fractions and whole numbers; the remaining problems use division operations.
The activity provided creates 10 stations for you to set up around the room. A trail station student form is provided for them to show work on. You assign the students to begin at different stations. They record, then solve the problem at their station. When a student finishes their problem, the correct answer will tell them what station they should visit next. (They do not solve the stations in numerical order) If they finish the problems correctly then they will visit all 10 stations and their final problem will send them back to where they began.
But wait! If they select the wrong answer they'll be sent to an incorrect station. For example, if a student has problem 3 and 7 telling him/her to move on to station 5 then they know that one of those problems is incorrect.
It does not matter what station a student begins at. This helps to space the kids throughout the room rather than cluster them. It also allows students to travel independently at their own pace.
I often offer an incentive to the first 5 or students to finish correctly. This usually keeps the chatter down because they want to work quickly to beat other classmates. It is really a challenge for those that rush and make careless mistakes because the incorrect answer choices provided come from those common mistakes.
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