Reflect on the following questions about the problem-solving aspect of the Sharing Cookies activity:
- How is this lesson different from typical introductory fraction lessons?
- How is the mental process for solving this problem different from the hands-on processes students used in this activity?
- How is the standard paper-and-pencil method of dividing related to modeling the problem with paper cookies? How is it different?
- What is the value of having students explore the new concept through problem solving?
- Circles are often difficult for children to subdivide into equal parts, other than halves or quarters. How might it be easier to use a rectangle to represent one unit and to then make equal fractional parts?
- Are there any additional strategies that can be used to solve this problem?
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