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• # Can everything be taught through tasks?

Posted by on March 5, 2022 at 5:44 pm

I am teaching a new class this year of algebra readiness. It is meant to prepare 6th, 7th and 8th grade students for Algebra 1 in high school by filling in the missing gaps. I love the idea of using tasks but I cannot see how to teach fraction operations, division, Integer operations, or factoring just using tasks.

I am trying to use hands on manipulatives when I can. We modeled integer addition with integer chips and number lines. I wanted to do the same thing with multiplication and division but I found the students just started playing with the pieces instead of learning to model with them. The ones that tried it, it truly helped.

Now that I need to review fractions, more like reteach fractions I want to keep them engaged and help them better understand the process without making it the boring I do you do process.

So how do you teach the process of fractions, or integer operations through tasks. If not through tasks how can I engage these students that did not get it when taught previously?

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• ### Kyle Pearce

March 7, 2022 at 6:42 am

Context is always most helpful, but as concepts become more complex and abstract, you might not be able to rely on context so heavily.

For fractions, check out our multiplication and division units starting with Shovelling tbe Driveway: https://learn.makemathmoments.com/task/shovelling-the-driveway

Shovelling the Driveway