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Sixth-graders Assemble Fraction Puzzles

Theresa Keller’s sixth-grade math students recently studied fraction and decimal equivalents. To put the pieces of the lesson together, Keller asked students to assemble a 24-piece fraction puzzle on the plexiglass shields around their individual desks. Each side of each puzzle piece had a fraction or decimal. “The goal of the activity was to take the puzzle pieces and create a 4×6 rectangle where every piece that touched contained either equivalent fractions or a fraction/decimal equivalent,” Keller said. “Students used problem-solving strategies, such as finding corners and edges to begin the puzzle.”