Fractions Unit: Day 1  Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB KNAER Lesson Jr/Int
MO 5 min A 20 min C/D 35  45 min 60 min 
Math Learning Goals Students will:

Materials

Minds On... 
Independent Math Log Students respond to the prompt: What is a fraction? 

Action! 
Pairs Parallel Task (10 min) Ask students to select one of the following fractions: ^{4}⁄_{10} or ^{2}⁄_{5}, and represent it in at least three different ways. Pairs display all of their representations in their workspace. Whole Group Gallery Walk (10 min) Students circulate around the room and review the different representations. Students consider which representation they think most clearly shows the fraction, and indicate their preference by placing a sticky note with their name by their first choice. Ask students to be prepared to discuss any similarities or differences they notice between the representations of ^{4}⁄_{10} and ^{2}⁄_{5}. 
Scaffold by suggesting different manipulatives for different pairs. Students may notice that the two fractions are equivalent. Allow them to reason and explore to reach this conclusion. 
Consolidate/ Debrief 
Whole Group Discussion Guide the class to organize and name the different types of representations students preferred. Ask students who put their name on a sticky note by each particular representation to explain why they think that one is the most effective. Use prompts such as:
Push their thinking for each representation by using some of the following questions: Key Questions:
Independent Math Log Use another colour of ink to build on your note in your Math Log. Be sure to include at least one example of each type of representation that shows your understanding of a fraction. 
Include the following types of representations in the discussion:

Home Activity or Further Classroom Consolidation Find a representation of a fraction outside the classroom. This may be from a newspaper, magazine, or website. Parents or other older siblings may have representations from their experience. Make connections to this fraction representation and your learning from today. 