Workin' On It Wednesday We've been working on fractions quite a bit, and have been working on division this week. During the summer, I read the book Minds on Mathematics: Using Math Workshop to Develop Deep Understanding in Grades 4-8 by Wendy Ward Hoffer, and planned to spend more time this year having students "struggle" with problems that required them to think and explore. However, I haven't done as much of this as I had planned. As we were ready to start fraction division, though, I decided to present students with a problem to solve, to see if they could make sense of the situation without knowing the mathematical process for dividing fractions. Based on their pre-tests, most of my students did not know this process when we started the fraction operations unit, so I knew this problem would be a struggle for many. I presented my students with this question and allowed them to work with a partner or two to find a solution: Sharon has 34 ½ inches
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