I'm working in a Grade 7/8 classroom this week, demonstrating Guided Math. The teacher wanted me to focus on operating with fractions (adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing). For Guided Math, I want to have several stations that the students can choose, and I'm always on the lookout for real world application of the skills they are learning. Any chance to integrate technology is always welcome too, of course. :) I couldn't find any resources that I was happy with for this grade level, so I decided to make my own. I actually put a lot of effort into these worksheets, so I thought I'd share them on here. I even purchased clip art from the Scrappin' Doodles website, which was actually very easy to do, and reasonably priced. Click here to access my Google Drive folder of QR Projects.
When do we operate with fractions? I can think of several scenarios, but the one that I use quite often would be converting recipes to suit the amount of people I want to serve. I used the Kraft Canada website to find some recipes I knew would be great. I needed simple recipes that would appeal to this age group, and also ones that had not too many ingredients, as I wanted to make a QR Code so they could check their answers. (I wrote about how to create QR Codes here.) This site was great for that, and I highly recommend checking it out! (I also used the Hunter Angler Gardener Cook website for a goose jerky recipe, as I thought that may appeal to some students who weren't completely sold on baking.)
So, when the students go to this station, they take a worksheet and convert the ingredients from serving 12 people to serving 8 (for example). Once they have their answers on the worksheet, they use the i-nigma app (it's free!) on the iPad to scan the QR code at the left so they can self-correct. That's it. Independent practice time using a skill they are currently working on, and no extra marking for the teacher. That's what Guided Math is all about - freeing up some teacher time so s/he can work with small groups and differentiate a little more easily. I wrote about Guided Math here if you are interested in reading more about this management option for your Numeracy classroom. I do plan to continue to add more worksheets to this unit, so if you like them, check back again later to grab some more freebies.
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