Sticky Notes - ( Math 7, Chapter 3- Decimals and Fractions) THANKS to PAM RUTTEN for the idea!
I teach 2 different Math 7 classes so I was able to try this activity a few times. I decided to use this activity as a Pre-Lesson and Post-Lesson. This is what I did:
For an introduction into strategies that kids could use for ordering decimals and fractions from least to greatest, I let them get into groups of their choice ( about 3-4 kids). I handed each group sticky notes and a piece of paper that had 4 groups of numbers. Each groups was a combination of 10 fractions and decimals.
After the activity the kids really wanted to do it again and they asked all week.
After we had a few lessons on varies strategies, including benchmarks and number lines, we did the activity again with new, more challenging groups of number. This time I also asked those students who felt very comfortable with ordering fractions and decimals to come to the front of the class. I than made groups ensuring that their was an "Expert" in each group to help the other out. Again this worked really well and the kids were really on task, better than the first time.
This post is courtesy of middle school teacher Lindsay Guza