First, we focused on Mixed Numbers to Improper Fractions. To see our notes, please go to: Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions.
I had found a visual on Mixed Numbers from The Mailbox Magazine:
I liked this little bit of help! Anything that I can use to help my students remember the steps makes me happy! In fact, I explained that changing a mixed number into an improper fraction was also like doing a somersault (you move your way around the fraction).
When we turned to improper fractions to mixed numbers, we did not have a fun little helper. This time, I explained that this set of steps is more like a backflip (you flip from the denominator up into the numerator: divide).
Once we had taken our notes, we used a "cootie catcher" which I found on Teachers Pay Teachers to practice changing mixed to improper and improper to mixed. The download is from Runde's Room (one of my favorite blogs to follow). I gave the students a second "cootie catcher" to use at home. If you need help in figuring out how to fold it, watch this video: Cootie Catcher - How To.
We will continue to practice our new skills tomorrow.
HOMEWORK: Countdown 3.1