Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Fraction Flags - Creative Thinking

My students have graph paper journals I gave them this year.  Recently I asked them to design a 300 square flag, where they made a pattern using 1/3 of the flag, 1/5 of the flag, and 1/6 of the flag and the rest of the flag as patterns. I suggested they lay out their flag patterns in something more sophisticated than rectangles.  We got some interesting results.  My goal is to let students be creative while thinking, and for them to be successful.  Allowing space for thinking, and for open-ended questions leaves room for success for all my students, even those who find math a struggle.