Thursday, July 12, 2012

A different Math lesson

The students of grade VII did an activity to learn about division of fractions. Children were divided into groups and each group was given coloured papers. Each group made a cut out of a square of different lengths. They divided that each square into rectangles of width ½ cm and length same as the side of square. They then had to count how many number of rectangles were there in each square. By doing this they learnt - why in division one has to multiply with the reciprocal. Understanding the concept by way of a practical activity is fun and enables better learning. This motivates children, provides a new dimension to teaching and a different learning experience. This is an attempt to connect classroom mathematics with applications in the real world. The activity had an enthusiastic participation of students and the feedback was very positive.

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