Day 42/43/44 – More Socrative/Adding Fractions Math Relay

ImageImageFriday was our weekly warm-up quiz using Socrative. I’m happy with the system that I now have in place for these warm-ups/warm-up quizzes (took a few weeks of tweaking!)  On their weekly warm up sheet, I leave a space for students to show work for this quiz.  I love Socrative and how quickly it can assess the students, but typing in answers on the iPad really gives me no proof of their steps or work.  Since I collect the warm-up sheet each Friday, this space now allows me to look through it, and find mistakes that are made, if any. image_4

For the lesson that day, we focused on adding and subtracting fractions.  This, just like many of the topics in the beginning of the year, is somewhat of a review, but still important to practice.  After some class notes and examples, students partook in a “Math Relay” — or… what should have been a Math Relay.

Instead of the typical “relay” where one student solves a problem then passes it back to the next person in their row, I decided to put the whole row as one team working together (I didn’t want anyone just sitting for too long).

image_2They had 8 minutes to simplify as many fraction problems as they could, as a TEAM.  They could each work separately and then compare, or work together and come up with the final answer, but they only had the 8 minutes.

This went really well for the first 2 periods.  There were some intense moments when the timer started counting down (a prize was at hand!)

image_3I’d like to say the activity was perfect, but as the day went on, we ran out of time before even checking the answers!  Still, I was glad they got to collaborate with classmates and practice adding and subtracting fractions, while having some competitive fun (did I mention there was a prize?!)

Today, we had a bit more time to review and went on to practice adding and subtracting with mixed numbers.

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About Gretchen Simmerson

Middle School math teacher living in Austin, Texas.
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