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Tortoise and Hare Race - Shodor

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3 to 12
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This site provides practice with patterns, relations, and functions through the tale of the the Tortoise and the Hare. The amount of the tortoise's head-start can be changed, then take...more
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This site provides practice with patterns, relations, and functions through the tale of the the Tortoise and the Hare. The amount of the tortoise's head-start can be changed, then take the racers through the various stages to find out who wins! Students will enjoy predicting the winner while watching the race unfold. The instructor's section provides detailed information on standards addressed, classroom questions, and links to similar resources. There is also a link to downloadable exploration questions that can be used in conjunction with the site.

tag(s): estimation (46), functions (69), measurement (158), patterns (85)

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Provide students with a copy of the explorations questions to complete alone or with a partner. Use on your interactive whiteboard for a quick 5 minute filler, change the amount of the tortoise's head-start each time to offer different outcomes each time. Ask students to predict the outcome of each race before beginning, allow changes midway, and discuss what is happening to change students' opinions.
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Fraction Pointer - Shodor

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3 to 6
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Compare fractions within squares, circles, and the number line with this activity. Create fractions that are provided and construct your own original fractions. Two shapes are provided...more
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Compare fractions within squares, circles, and the number line with this activity. Create fractions that are provided and construct your own original fractions. Two shapes are provided to create the given fractions, once they are correctly made a third box appears to create an additional fraction that sits between the original amounts on the number line. Be sure to check out the instructor tab for an explorations worksheet, links to standards, classroom suggestions, and additional similar resources.
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tag(s): area (68), fractions (234), test prep (96)

In the Classroom

Provide students with the printable explorations worksheet to practice creating and ordering fractions. Introduce the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector as an introduction to comparing and ordering fractions. Have students take turns manipulating the whiteboard as they learn the site (and new skills). This activity would work well for individual or pairs of students to use on classroom computers. Provide this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.
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