I saw lightbulbs going off like crazy today. I heard so many OH!!!s. I LOVE that. My kids were working non-stop from start to finish... no time to get in trouble. I LOVE that. Several made comments that my class was a lot of work and several others made comments about how much they liked math so far. I LOVE that.
First thing we did- Fraction strip ruler activity! This really helped the kids visualize fractions and make connections to measurement. They also could visualize the equivalent fractions that we discussed yesterday :)
Then we made vocabulary foldables... each flap lifts up to a definition and example. I have a lot of LEP students and have had to force myself to put more emphasis on vocabulary... its not something I worked on enough last year. I forget that math is a different language for my kids.
Mixed numbers and improper fractions! The top two doors open to definitions and the bottom open to algorithms for converting. Before teaching algorithms I gave the kids lots of pictures until they could explain what was happening on their own. We'll see tomorrow how well it stuck :)