One of my goals for this March Break was to plan out our upcoming fractions unit, which I talked about in a previous post. To prepare, I brought home my folder full of activities from years past, but neglected to bring back some of the other math resources that I normally use to unit plan. That was silly of me, but I could work with what I had. Lately, I’ve been using the Math Planning Guide from Edugains, which is a fantastic template that helps me to think more holistically about how I plan my math units. I love how the Vision of a Mathematics Learner is embedded into the plan, and it helps to ensure I am varying my instructional strategies and foci throughout a unit.
I spent quite a bit of time looking at the curriculum and was surprised to see that there are only a handful of expectations that deal directly with fractions. If we break down all the skills that are needed for students to achieve these expectations, however, it becomes apparent that fractions can be a complex concept. This makes planning a lesson flow a little tricky. Fractions is a crucial component when it comes to proportional reasoning and number sense, and it sets the stage for a lot of future math problem solving, so I want to do my best when it comes to teaching them.
I have an idea of where I’m going with the unit, but actual instruction is going to vary depending on the results of my students’ diagnostic assessments. I know this is a unit that will require a lot of differentiation, and I’m anticipating that we may need quite a few station days to allow me to work with smaller groups. I’m looking forward to getting started, but am a little wary of how much tweaking this unit plan will need!