## Wednesday, March 20, 2013

### Small group tutorials - Add/Subtract Fractions

As we approach STAAR, BMS has modified our schedule to build in 30 minutes of tutorials for high impact students (or bubble kids).  Each of my classes are 15 minutes shorter and I have two tutorial groups of 10-12 students that I work with daily.  Students are in math tutorials for a week and then reading tutorials for a week, then back to math.  I've seen students who are normally too shy to ask questions open up in a smaller setting and I've seen this confidence carry over into class.  Awesome!

Next week we are working on the following skills:

• Multiplication/Division of whole numbers
• Addition and Subtraction of Fractions and Mixed Numbers
• Addition and Subtraction of Decimals
Here are our plans:
• Practice page-  4 problems on the front are completed on Day 1 so students have an idea about where they are starting.  At the end of the week they complete 4 similar problems on the back of the page to see progress and areas for further improvement.  Students track this data.
• Addition and Subtraction of Fractions and Mixed Numbers BINGO (1-2 days)
Students each receive a BINGO board and fill it in however they want.
I copy the BINGO Questions onto card stock, laminate, and cut them out.  I write answers on the back to make it easier once we start playing.
I display questions under the document camera, students work the question, and cover up the answer on their BINGO boards.  First to 5 in a row wins!
I like this activity because it is self-checking.  If students get an answer that is not an option listed...they immediately know they've made a mistake.
• Chromebook Activity (2-3 days)
Students will go to goo.gl/n2Y24 to a Job the Web page.  There are five games/activities for them to complete.
1. Multiplication/Division Word Problems- Khan Academy
2. Add and Subtract Fractions Board Game