Prior to beginning the lesson: (1) Photocopy the Problem of the Day onto transparency paper for the overhead projector.

Group Size: Partners

Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Apply fractions in a setting outside of mathematics.
  • Write a complete story about fractions.

Problem of the Day, Pre-Writing Graphic Organizer (from Lesson #12), writing paper, overhead projector


Lesson Introduction: Display Problem of the Day on the overhead projector. Ask students: What strategy should we use to solve this problem? Guide them towards drawing a picture. Solve the problem together as a class. Students can copy problem and solution into math notebooks.

  1. Tell students: Today you are going to continue working on your fraction stories.
  2. Tell students: Before we begin today, let's remember the writing process. Review pre-writing, editing, and final copy. Tell students: Today we will be doing editing.
  3. Distribute Pre-Writing Graphic Organizer from the previous lesson and instruct students to copy their stories onto writing paper.
  4. Divide students into partners, and give partners time to read one another’s stories and make corrections.
  5. While students are working in partners, the teacher should individually conference with each student about their stories.
  6. Give students more time to make a final copy and to illustrate their fraction story.
*This lesson will last for more than one day*

Modifications: For students with special needs, allow for extra time.

Benchmark or Standards:

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Process Standard:

  • Communicate their mathematical thinking coherently and clearly to peers, teachers, and others.
  • Recognize and apply mathematics in contexts outside of mathematics.
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