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Instructor Evaluations: WD Hill Fall Workshops Grades K-7 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Date: 02/20/07
Topic for workshop: Simple Fractions
Instructor: Lateasha Shirer
Number of Students: 6 (grades k-7)

1. Provide a brief overview of the workshop (i.e. purpose, activities and materials):
The purpose of this workshop was to introduce the students to fractions, and to teach them to recognize the different forms of fractions. The students were taught how to distinguish the difference between 1/2,1/3 and 1/4. The purpose of the students learning the different looks of the fractions was so that they could understand how 2/4 and 3/6 could be equal to 1/2.
2. Did the students engage the workshop and ask questions?
The students had a really good time putting the fraction puzzles together. The students were asked how many sections were certain candy bars broken into. The students responses were expected to be given back in fraction form. If the students answered the questions right then they were able to eat that candy bar.
3. Did the students seem to learn and understand the material? For example, can the students explain what they learned?
The students were able to complete the fraction puzzles by themselves. Each student was able to assemble a fraction puzzle and tell the instructor why it was right. The kindergarten children really enjoyed helping the older kids with their fraction puzzles.
4. Is this material appropriate for the K-7 grade level? Is it more appropriate for K-3 or 4-7, and why?
I believe that the material is acceptable to all grades. The material was fun and everyone was able to learn something new. All the kids were so excited and willing to participate in the discussion and activity.
5. How do the materials and activities apply to the science and math the students are currently learning?
The kindergarteners haven't learned this part of math yet, but now they have an early start. The older students have had some experience in fractions but now they have a better understanding than before.
6. Do you have any suggestions for improving the lesson plans or activities to be more appropriate or effective for this age group?
No, because this lesson was really well prepared. The materials were appropriate for all the ages.
7. Additional comments:
The puzzle was made out of strips of paper. Each coordinating fraction strip had a stamp on it to match the other pieces in that fraction puzzle. It's true kids can have a lot of fun by using paper.

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