We have been working hard at mastering shapes, partitioning and fractions that there really is no better way to check-in than with a hands-on activity...all about pizza!
For the final evaluation students had to work with their teammate to accomplish the task at hand. I broke the lesson down into four parts to make it more manageable for all. Below are the steps we followed:
Station #1: Design your pizza crust. -Students could pick any shape, but it had to be a shape we have been learning about.
Station #2: Pick out your toppings and decorate that pizza! -Prior to this lesson, I had prepped mini shapes (e.g., triangles, rectangles, hexagons, trapezoids, squares) to represent the toppings for our shape pizza. Students then could decide on the toppings they would want and then how to place them on their pizza.
Station #3: Split the pizza equally! -With their partner(s), students then had to turn their pizza into equal partitions--where each student was receiving the same amount of pizza as their friend. After dividing, students had to represent this division in fractional form.
Station #4: Record the Results! -Lastly, all students had to fill in a form that displayed how many of each shape they used. (Soooo grabbing two handfuls of rectangles was a great idea until you had to count out all the rectangles and ended at 47!)
This activity worked to accommodate the learning differences of all my students. Through a super engaging activity, students all had the necessary resources to set them up for success. This lesson built on prior instruction, allowing students to be more involved and aware of the task at hand.
InTASC Alignment: Standard #2: Learning Differences