Jimmy and the Pizza is a lesson that is designed to introduce argumentation to a class. This lesson introduces the key parts of an argument: claim, evidence, and warrant. The lesson does not incorporate mathematical reasoning, but is aimed at having students use real world experiences to think about what makes a good argument.
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Sharing Candy Bars Part 2 is an extension to Sharing Candy Bars, which is a fractions task designed for fifth graders with strong regards to mathematical standards. Students are asked if it is fair to divide a certain amount of candy bars amongst different amounts of people. Through pair and large group discussions, students critique each scenario, determine what fraction of candy bars each member receives, and identify the fairness.
Microsoft Word version: 5_NF_Fractions_ProblemLesson_Critique_SharingCandyBarsPart2
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Sharing Candy Bars Part 1 is a task designed for fifth grade students with strong skills in fractions and decimals. Students are given different scenarios in which candy bars are split amongst people. For example, 3 candy bars are split amongst 4 people, and 4 candy bars are split amongst 5 people. Students must use problem solving skills to decide how these candy bars would be divided equally. Students are asked to identify if the amount of candy bar that each person receives is fair. The task recommends use of manipulatives and provides a detailed outline and lesson plan for teachers to use, but offers a lot of freedom for students. Partner work is recommended, and the task can open the class to many discussions on problem solving methods.
Microsoft Word version: 5_NF_Fractions_ProblemLesson_Critique_SharingCandyBarsPart1
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