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Fractional Tape Diagram Descriptions

Target math academic language in this multidisciplinary lesson! Write descriptive sentences about tape diagrams that show fractional parts. Use this lesson on its own or use it as support for the lesson Fractions and Word Problems.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Fractions and Word Problems lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Fractions and Word Problems lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to write about their tape diagrams that show fractions.

Language

Students will be able to explain and write about their tape diagrams using sentence frames and visuals.

Introduction

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  • Display Card A from the Tape Diagram Descriptions worksheet. Ask students to turn and talk to one another about what they see in the card and what the visual describes. Look for key vocabulary shown on the Vocabulary Cards or Glossary, and write the terms they use as you hear them.
  • Ask a volunteer to describe the picture aloud and write some of the phrases they use that emphasize the description of the tape diagram (e.g., "It has ________. These are ________. ________ (number) rectangles are shaded while ________(number) are white. The total sum of the pieces is ________.The tape diagram represents ________.").