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  • Salting the Driveway [Day 1]

    Posted by Kyle Pearce on March 9, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    How do you plan to use this task?

    After reviewing the Teacher Guide, do you still have any wonders or worries?

    Once you’ve used the task, be sure to share what modifications you made either before or during the task and what you might do differently next time.

    Kyle Pearce replied 4 months, 2 weeks ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Shawn Seeley

    September 20, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    I’m excited to use this next week with my 6th grade students!

    • Kyle Pearce

      September 21, 2021 at 6:21 am

      Awesome! Please do let us know how it goes. Photos of student approaches are always appreciated, too!

  • Laura Compean

    May 11, 2022 at 2:06 pm

    I teach high school calculus. I am embarrassed to admit that I can’t visualize/conceptualize dividing fractions. I am really good at algorithms and what my teachers taught me. I’m trying to see how dividing fractions actually works. This summer I want to practice using these tasks on my own children to be sure they have a better visualization/representation than I have. My question is, where can I find books/websites on how to divide fractions by fractions? Is there a guide I can use this summer with my kids on strengthening their decimal, fraction and overall number sense? I know I can pick and choose through your tasks, but wanted to check where you would start this adventure?

    • Kyle Pearce

      May 16, 2022 at 7:09 am

      What a brave soul you are to head down this path. We too did not know why “multiplying and flipping the second” worked and that caused us to go down a huge journey that is necessary for building conceptual understanding.

      Since there are two types of division (who knew!) I might start there first with the Sowing Seeds unit. Then, look at Planting Flowers to dig a bit deeper. Then I’d head to Salting the Driveway and Pizza Party. The teacher guides are really explicit and will help you along that journey. Also there is a session on division from last years Virtual Summit by Yvette Lehman that would be helpful.

      As for books – there are some on fractions in general, but I haven’t seen any that really help with the dividing of fractions partly due to the fact that most ignore (or are unaware) of the fact that there are two types of division.