Lesson Plan

#WithMathICan Solve Real-life Problems Involving Fraction

Students will be introduced to problems in everyday life and asked to solve the problems using their math skills.
Sudha & Jeungah K.
Classroom teacher
Lawrence Family Development Charter School
Lawrence, MA
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Students will be introduced to problems in everyday life and asked to analyze the situations, apply fractions, and illustrate mathematical strategies to solve the problems. The practical applications of their math skills in real life scenarios will increase their engagement in mathematics and help them retain the abstract fractional concepts better. This lesson idea needs two class math periods (about one hour per period).

Notes: Although this example focuses only on teaching fractions, this lesson idea could be also adapted to teach other math topics. 

After completing this lesson, student will be able to 

  1. understand different problem solving strategies
  2. demonstrate their understanding of fractional regions of a circle
  3. illustrate their reasoning process by drawing flowcharts along with fraction circles
  4. demonstrate their problem-solving skills by breaking down problems into manageable sections, building solutions, sharing their own strategies
  5. Write and solve equations
  6. exhibit a positive attitude toward their problem-solving skills related to math concepts
Grades 6 - 8
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1 Hook

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  • Watch a video in PBS LearningMedia that shows the application of fraction in our daily life 
  • Discuss the example in the video to explains the usefulness of fraction in daily life 
  • Engage students in the lesson 
  • Ask each student to write a real life example involving faction by using Padlet (a shared online blackboard)
  • Review the student developed examples as a whole class
  • Explain the expectations and requirements of this lesson to students 
  • Explain to students that they will solve a fraction problem with group mates and develop a flowchart to illustrate their reasoning processes using Google Drawing Apps


2 Direct Instruction

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  • Introduce to a real-life problem involving fraction that students need to solve
  • Analyze the situation with students to locate problem(s)
  • Review fractional concepts and problem-solving strategies that may be useful for them to tackle the problem(s).
  • Elevate discussion to help students view the problem from different perspectives and think about different problem-solving approaches.
  • Use Schoology Discussion forum to post questions, answers, and possible strategies and share with classmates for their reference

3 Group Practices

  • After students gain the background knowledge, divide students into small groups,
  • Ask each group to work with partners and develop a flowchart to list steps involved in solving the problem(s)
  • Encourage them also to draw fraction circles or add charts to flowcharts to support their explanation
    • Ask students to use Google Drawing to draw flowcharts
    • Ask students to use Paper 53 to draw fraction circles
    • Ask students to write and solve the equations as an alternate method to solve the problem(s)

4 Wrap-Up

Activity: Assessing
  • After students finish developing their projects, they will share the solutions with classmates using the sharing feature of Google Drawing
  • Each group will review their assigned partner group’s work and post comments or questions to each other
  • The teacher will reveal the answer to the problem and review each group’s solutions
  • The teacher will give positive feedback for the valid solutions, as well as suggests alternative ways to approach the problems if there are any.
  • The teacher will then allow students to modify their flowcharts, so that they can observe own improvement while developing the best solution and building their confidence toward their ability in problem-solving.