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Part D

Applying Communication
  Introduction | Bubble Gum Contest | Extending the Activity | Problem Reflection | Classroom Practice | Communication in Action | Classroom Checklist | Your Journal

 
 

As you work on this activity, follow these guidelines:

  • Imagine a sample successful student response for each question.
  • Think about how you would help your students understand how to solve the problem. Jot down phrases that will help you remember your ideas.
  • Consider the communication purpose of this problem and of the sample statement by an upper elementary teacher.
Bubbles Title

Class A and Class B are having a bubble gum blowing contest. It is up to you to decide the winner. To do this, complete each of the five steps, using the "Next" button to move forward. There is a different number of students in each class. This means that you can’t simply choose the class that blows the most bubbles. Rather, you need to figure out the following: In which class does a greater part of the students blow bubbles?

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Class A
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Class B
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Step 1: To choose the winning class, you will compare fractions. Start with Class A.

  • Enter the total number of students in the denominator (the bottom part) of the first fraction.
  • Click on “Plot on Number Line” and see how the number line changes.

Step 2: Continue with Class A.

  • Click on each student who has blown a bubble and see how the number line changes.
  • With each click, the numerator (the top part) of the fraction increases by one. The point on the number line moves forward by one-sixth each time.

Step 3: Now, do the same for Class B.

  • Enter the total number of students in Class B as the denominator of the second fraction.
  • Click on “Plot on Number Line” and see how the number line changes.

Step 4: Continue with Class B.

  • Click on each student who has blown a bubble.
  • With each click, the numerator increases by one. The point on the number line moves forward by one-eighth each time.

Step 5: Which class won the contest?

  • Compare the two number lines and choose the winner.
Class A Class B

Step 1: To choose the winning class, you will compare fractions. Start with Class A.

  • Enter the total number of students in the denominator (the bottom part) of the first fraction.
  • Click on “Plot on Number Line” and see how the number line changes.

Step 2: Continue with Class A.

  • Click on each student who has blown a bubble and see how the number line changes.
  • With each click, the numerator (the top part) of the fraction increases by one. The point on the number line moves forward by one-tenth each time.

Step 3: Now, do the same for Class B.

  • Enter the total number of students in Class B as the denominator of the second fraction.
  • Click on “Plot on Number Line” and see how the number line changes.

Step 4: Continue with Class B.

  • Click on each student who has blown a bubble.
  • With each click, the numerator increases by one. The point on the number line moves forward by one-eighth each time.

Step 5: Which class won the contest?

  • Compare the two number lines and choose the winner.
Class A Class B

Step 1: To choose the winning class, you will compare fractions. Start with Class A.

  • Enter the total number of students in the denominator (the bottom part) of the first fraction.
  • Click on “Plot on Number Line” and see how the number line changes.

Step 2: Continue with Class A.

  • Click on each student who has blown a bubble and see how the number line changes.
  • With each click, the numerator (the top part) of the fraction increases by one. The point on the number line moves forward by one-eighth each time.

Step 3: Now, do the same for Class B.

  • Enter the total number of students in Class B as the denominator of the second fraction.
  • Click on “Plot on Number Line” and see how the number line changes.

Step 4: Continue with Class B.

  • Click on each student who has blown a bubble.
  • With each click, the numerator increases by one. The point on the number line moves forward by one-sixteenth each time.

Step 5: Which class won the contest?

  • Compare the two number lines and choose the winner.
Class A Class B

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