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Fraction Fun With Educreations: Show What You Know

By Lindsey Petlak on March 12, 2014
  • Grades: 3–5

Last Friday, math lasted for two hours . . . that’s right, two WHOLE hours . . . and it was magical! What a PERFECT way for a teacher to end her week; students so successfully engaged in (math) learning that they are diligently working and producing amazing evidence of their knowledge. Can you imagine 22 students whining and moaning about ending math time on a Friday?? 

I tried to end math three times Friday afternoon, but it would not have been in the best interest of my students. They were too deeply engaged at multiple levels of Bloom's Taxonomy to stop. Finally, after 120 minutes of non-stop math engagement, I forcibly had to end math — and wailing ensued. What caused such a mathematical phenomenon?


Building Fractions Background Knowledge

For the past several weeks, we have been chugging away at learning about fractions through hands-on manipulatives-based games, modeling, practice, and problem-solving. We have used fraction tiles/strips, circles, fraction dice, craftivities, food/cooking examples, and more! By starting our fractions explorations with concrete engaging activities, we are able to secure a solid foundation and move towards representational and abstract application of these skills/concepts.

   


So . . . What Were We Doing Friday?

During math on Friday, we participated in a culminating activity that demonstrated concept, skill, and strategy mastery using the iPad app, Educreations. Students were to work out complex fraction addition problems that required equalizing denominators, adding the fractions, and reducing to absolute lowest form.  

To demonstrate their knowledge, students had to work out the problem, get the answer, then record themselves demonstrating and narrating the problem using the app. For the first recording/problem, students were able to work with a partner. For the rest, students demonstrated knowledge independently. As a challenge, students showed MULTIPLE ways to solve the same problem.

Such in-depth, thorough explanations show that not only does the student know HOW to do the complex problems, but he/she also understands WHY each step is completed. Even better, if a student makes a mistake in the process of the problem, watching the recording helps the student, me, and/or peers not only catch the error where it occurred, but demonstrates how (often) a simple error has a ripple effect on the rest of the problem steps. These activities require multiple levels of thinking on Bloom's Taxonomy.  


Check Out Our Educreations!

I sent parents an email with links to their child's Educreations recordings for them to view and discuss with their child, as well as praise them for such exemplary work. Check out a few stellar recordings for yourself!

    

 

How I’m Using These Recordings:

  • Math assessment/grades

  • Reference for review before pencil/paper/computerized math tests

  • Independent math activity choice for future practice

  • Sample of understanding to be used at parent/teacher conferences

  • Students helping others by showing recorded tutorials they created

  • Students checking their own or other students’ work by watching process recorded

  • Communication with evidence to parents about student understanding/progress


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What are awesome fraction activities do you use in your classroom?

How have you maximized learning using the Educreations app?

I can't wait for you to share. Thanks for reading and see you next week!

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