A Math Menu for Fraction DivisionJanuary 21, 2014
I’m not sure who came up with the idea of “Menus” as a math teaching device, though I first saw them at a workshop from the folks at MEC. Menus are essentially modified stations, designed to be a several-day structure that puts kids at the center of their own learning process. After a brief launch from the teacher, the students have options for challenge and engagement that will last days. It takes more work on the front end, but they are a great teaching structure.
I put together seven worksheets designed to be “appetizers,” “main courses,” and “desserts” in a menu structure. The course refers to the level of challenge. The topic is fraction division, and this one is a little different for me, in that many of the problems are more “normal” than those I often do, and there is more time spent on routine operations and practice to attain mastery. My hope is that they are still compelling to do, and the desserts still connect to some broader concepts in pure math. I thought I would post them here to see what folks think.
Feel free to try them out, and please let me know what you think!
You will also want to use Counterexamples, which is a fantastic logical whole class game, as an introduction.