At the school I work at, we set learning goals for each class based on a set of data that is analysed during our

*meetings (based on the AIZ model) .***Data Professional Learning Team**
My new goals for maths revolves around a unit on fractions. The first goal set was to "

*represent simple common fraction using physical models"*. These goals are based on the VELS standards for the grade level.
An activity that worked on achieving this goal with my class was creating a thinkboard. To the left is the example I modeled with my class.

On a poster, students had to represent the fraction by showing it in fractional form, written form, a pictorial representation and finally by representing the fraction as a set using physical models.

Some students created excellent posters. The difficulty most students faced was with creating a pictorial representation. Students struggled with the concept that each piece of the fraction needs to be the same size. Some didn't use a ruler, or tried creating a picture of the fraction in a circle but not having each piece the same size. After a few tries, students finally understood the concept.

Here is some of their work:

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