Adding Fractions on PowerPoint

Title: Adding Fractions with PowerPoint

Grade: 6

Math Topic: Adding fractions

Credits: Stephen Fox, Hephzibah Middle School, Richmond County

Brief Description:
The student will produce a PowerPoint presentation on how to add fractions.

Technology & Materials Required:
Computer with Power Point (and) Microphone

QCC’s Addressed:
Number Sense & Numeration; Fractions & Decimals
32 Topic: Equivalent Representations
Standard: Changes improper fractions to mixed numbers and changes mixed numbers to improper fractions.

Problem Solving: 2 Topic: Vocabulary
Standard: Describes orally and in writing, using the appropriate mathematical vocabulary, mathematical concepts and procedures, such as the reasoning involved in solving problems or computing.

Whole Number Computation; Estimation; Whole Number Operations
9 Topic: Appropriate Methods
Standard: Uses addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division (interpreting remainders in context of problem) in computation and problem solving with whole numbers, decimals, fractions, and mixed numbers with like and unlike denominators.

Language Arts: Speaking 62 Topic:
Standard: Communicates effectively through oral expression.

63 Topic:
Standard: Adjusts manner and style of speaking to suit audience and situation.

Writing 73 Topic:
Standard: Experiments with organization, style, purpose, and audience.

Number Sense & Numeration; Fractions & Decimals
40 Topic: GCF, LCM, Multiple, Factor, Prime Factorization
Standard: Identifies and uses prime factors in practical applications, writes the prime factorization for a composite number, finds the multiples of a given number, and finds the greatest common factor and least common multiple of a set of numbers.

Tech & Career Ed (MS Exploratory)
Exploratory Technology 6 Topic: Technical Information
Standard: Utilizes tools, materials, and processes to solve technical problems involving the application of science, mathematics, and inventiveness.

9 Topic: Technical Information
Standard: Solves a given problem using the inductive and deductive processes of the scientific method

Step: 1 Duration: 20 minutes
The teacher will overview activity. The teacher will review Poyla's Steps for Problem Solving, writing the steps in large letters on the chalkboard or on classroom charts for all to see. Students will combine in groups of 2-3 members. Each group will use math books to determine the steps needed for adding fractions. These steps will be displayed in student-created PowerPoint presentations.
Web Resources for Step 1
Title: George Poyla's Problem Solving Procedure
Annotation: This site discusses each step of Poyla's Procedure,giving valuable questions designed to help the teacher lead a discussion on the steps.

Step: 2 Duration: 25 minutes
The students will develop a storyboard of the sequence for their slides. The storyboarding process has previously been taught as part of the PowerPoint instruction. However, students may use the following URLs for a review of storyboarding techniques, if needed. Students will use the Storyboard Planner in the step 2 attachment to design their storyboards.
Web Resources for Step 2

Title: Storyboarding Multimedia
Annotation: Discussion of FAQs about storyboarding - oriented for teachers rather than students

Title: Storyboarding Activity from Project-Based Learning with Multimedia
Annotation: Great example of a storyboard, complete with illustrations

Title: Acting with a Pencil: Storyboarding your Movie
Annotation: Describes the storyboarding process, compete with illustrations from Star Wars.

Title: Storyboarding
Annotation: A Power Point like presentation discussing storyboarding.

Attachments for Step 2
Title: Storyboard Planner FileName: storyboard planner.doc
Description: Students will plan all slides before beginning work on the computer.

Step: 3 Duration: 135 minutes
Students will finish up storyboarding. When the storyboard is complete, the students will design and create slides for each step,employing storyboarding techniques. The students will use freeware graphics or student created graphics in their slides. Digitized photos can also be added to the slide, especially if the student cannot find appropriate clip art. Students will also create and speak dialogue to enhance the presentation.
Web Resources for Step 3
Title: Free Clipart
Annotation: Over 25,000 images - catagorized

Title: Barry's Clip Art
Annotation: free clip art

Title: Free Clipart
Annotation: Over 30,000 free clipart images

Title: Free Clip Art
Annotation: over 10,000 images

Title: Free Graphics
Annotation: Free graphics in 20 different sections, including special events, holidays, graphics editing software, and an archives of more graphics.

Title: Jelane's Graphics
Annotation: Buttons, sidebars, etc.

Step: 4 Duration: 90 minutes
Each student group will share their presentation with the class. Students will discuss the strengths of each presentation.
Web Resources for Step 4
Title: Multimedia Project Rubric
Annotation: This is the site I used to create my rubric. Because we are not using video clips, I edited Dan Senstock's rubric to fit my needs.

Attachments for Step 4
Title: Power Point Rubric FileName: Power Point Rubric.doc
Description: A rubric to help assess Power Point Presentations.

Step: 5 Duration: 45 minutes
Students will be given the opportunity to revise their presentations.