Tasty Fractions and Percents
Focus Question: How does our knowledge of fractions and percents make us better chefs?
Project Description: Scholars chose a recipe that was fun, interesting, or meaningful to them and their family to make a Tasty, Buzzfeed-Inspired video or creative recipe card. They used this recipe throughout the project to practice fractional operations, focusing on fractional division. Some scholars worked specifically on percents and analyzed their recipe through nutritional percentages. They first focused on the components of what makes a Tasty video so unique and engaging. Then, they worked on reviewing adding/subtracting fractions, and multiplying fractions with models. Last, we dove into dividing our serving sizes, and how that impacts those we can serve. They planned out their video using storyboarding techniques, and made the recipes at home with their families. They worked with Dr. Ezequiel Korin, a media professor at UNR, on creative videography and editing techniques using Adobe Spark, and finalized our pieces using some peer feedback criteria.
Standards: 5.NF.B.3, 6.NS.A.1, 7.NS.A.2
Student Reflection: "I actually understand what it means to multiply and divide fractions now!" -G.C. "I liked the project, it was fun because we were actually able to make the product instead of just being told about it. Making it was another challenge on it's own." -C.M.
Teacher Reflection: "This project brought fractions to life for my scholars. It was so fun to connect the math modeling to a creative component of artistic video making. I think the creativity piece in this project was just as important for us to focus on as the mathematics. " - Ms.Taylor