Topic: Fractions
Time Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes teaching 30 minutes of independent time
Grades: K-7th

Today I (Ross Broadnax) taught the students the "basics" of fractions. This consists of
adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. I was supposed to be teaching probability,
but to understand probability, students had to understand fractions. I started off the class
asking the students how many of them were already familiar with fractions. The majority of
them raised their hands. So to give them a little test, I asked them how to add two
fractions that did not have common denominators. They answered incorrectly, which is what I
thought happen. So I went on to teach them about how to add and subtract fractions. They had
their break, and I decided to change my approach on how I was teaching them. It was more of
a lecture and I wanted to get them more involved with what was going on. So when they got
back, I quickly went over how to multiply and divide fractions. Next we played a game where
I split them into two teams. Then I would ask them a problem and they would have to come up
with the answer. After figuring out the answer, they would then have to make a visual
representation of the answer with the homemade flash cards I provided for them. Class was
fun.