Phew! I have loved working on the If the World Were a Village projects, but I am so not a project- lovin’ gal! By the end of the unit, Iwas so ready to get back to a regular activity with a little more structure. I will take pictures of the final produts and tell you how we finished up the projects as soon as I grade them.
So today, I did an activity where students had to match up equivalent ratios, then write some of their own ratios.
After my first class, I thought it was pretty successful, but then my second class had absolutely no clue where to even start. I directed them to the ratio 1/2 since most students are most familiar with that number as a fraction and can easily give answers. The problem is that they were so stuck on making the 1 into a 2, so when I asked why something like 3/6 was equivalent, they would just say “3 is half of 6” instead of recognizing the relationship between the 1/2 and the 3/6. So then when they saw something like 2/5, and they couldn’t make 2 into 5 by multiplying by a whole number, they had no idea where to start to find an equivalent ratio. I stopped the activity and did some whole class explanation, but I am going to need to go back and make a new plan for tomorrow.
On another note, I got an iPad for my room this week! I am so excited to jump in and see what can be done with it. If you have any awesome ideas for proportions, I need some ideas!