Last week we started our unit on improper fractions and mixed numbers. We have been working with fractions for several weeks but this was my students first time being exposed to this. I started by using a PowerPoint to introduce a mixed number using models. We defined mixed number in their journals and used fraction models to identify different mixed numbers. We then repeated the same process and defined improper fractions. After practicing writing improper fractions and mixed numbers we finished the lesson with a match-up activity. Students worked in pairs to match a fraction model to the correct improper fraction and mixed number. The students loved this activity!
Day 2 started with a review of mixed numbers and improper fractions. We then jumped in to converting mixed numbers to improper fractions. I used another powerpoint to teach students the Check Method. We use this method to convert the mixed number to an improper fraction. The slide explains the Check Method! Students then complete a worksheet and practiced converting mixed numbers to improper fractions.
On Day three the students were feeling very confident about mixed numbers and improper fractions. We used my third PowerPoint to teach students how to convert an improper fraction to a mixed number. I taught my students to divide to find the mixed number. After practicing using the PowerPoint, we completed a worksheet.
On Day 4, students worked in partners to complete 20 task cards practicing converting improper fractions and mixed numbers. Students loved working through the problems together. I put the task cards in ClassKick and instantly graded their work and gave them feedback. If you haven’t checked out ClassKick you’re missing out. Check out our other blogpost about this amazing app! We ended this lesson with a quiz. (The quiz is FREE 🙂 My students were very successful and really loved these lessons.
To check out my mixed numbers and improper fractions bundle click here. The bundle includes all three PowerPoints, two worksheets, journal entries, match-up activity, task cards, and a quiz (WOW)! You can also buy the match-up activity and the task cards separately.