One thing I have really been focusing on with all of my students this year is organizing our work in order to problem solve. Instead of filling up a sheet of paper with random bits of work, I am trying to model how being organized helps you to get the correct answer! When we started unit rates earlier this week, I was finding that students were doing okay with simplifying a rate into a unit rate, but struggling to answer the question being asked correctly (i.e. Which is a better buy? Which costs more? etc.) We used this graphic organizer today and it worked really well! I wrote two things to compare on the board. Students wrote the rate for each and we checked it. They then found the unit rate and put it in the 2nd box. At the end, they were able to easily compare the two using < , > or =! Click on the picture below to download the PDF!

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I like this. I have tried similar things with my students but it’s a long process to go from sloppy to organized for many of them!

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This looks like a really great graphic organizer. Thanks for sharing.

Darlena

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