Here is another idea for a practical activity when teaching fractions. It includes a visual bar model, sparks discussions and gives an opportunity for children to reason and discuss.
Today we looked at exploring our picture book step-by-step. It opened up a huge discussion with all of the children engaged. The statutory requirements this covers for year two are:
First step: What can you see?
Second step: What can you infer?
Third step: What questions would you like to ask?
Fourth step: What do you predict will happen?
How do you teach inference?
'Show/tell me how' approach to teaching mathematics is important and should start as early as possible. It enables the children to make links between mathematical concepts and helps them apply their knowledge in problem solving activities.
We recommend: true or false/ explain how you know/ show me how/ spot the mistake/ convince me type of questions to check if the children fully grasped the concept or just learnt to follow the pattern.
Have you used any of the reasoning slides/maths masters cards?
Have the children found them difficult?
What are the benefits of reasoning activities?
What kind of reasoning activities do you use in your classroom?