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Part D

Applying Problem Solving
  Introduction | Sharing Cookies | Problem Reflection | Classroom Practice | Problem Solving in Action | Classroom Checklist | Your Journal


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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