We are excited to share this new video series as a free resource to help during school closures. Parents and teachers can use this lesson to guide students through a real-world exploration of math concepts.
In the video below, students can practice along with one of our Freckle team members as she guides you through this lesson, in which students will multiply fractions to prepare recipes for The Super Sweets Showdown baking contest.
Alternatively, teachers and parents with Freckle accounts may assign this IBL directly to their students if they would rather lead the lesson instead of using the video.
In this real-world application of math concepts, students imagine they are competing in the Super Sweets Showdown. First, they must adjust their recipe to serve double the number of people. Preparing for 12 judges in Round 2, students realize they must halve their recipe. As if things could not get more confusing, in the Final Round, students must make 3/4 of the original recipe. To complete the lesson, students adjust several test recipes that feed 30 people to feed smaller groups.
This video includes Day 1 of the 3-day lesson, in which students will multiply fractions by whole numbers.
What are Freckle's Inquiry Based Lessons?
Freckle's Inquiry Based Lessons (IBLs) give students an opportunity to apply math knowledge to real-world scenarios. They are the perfect answer to math students' common question, "When am I ever going to use this in real life?" They include several different activities spread out over 2-3 days.
The IBLs available in Freckle include all of the materials teachers and parents need to guide students through the activities, just like in the video.
Who is this lesson for?
This lesson covers multiplying fractions and is suitable for 5th-grade level practice or review. Students do not need to have Freckle accounts already; you can watch the entire video and follow along right here!
How do we use this video lesson?
Teachers can use this video as a ready-built lesson and simply send the link to parents and students. If your class is still meeting online, you may want to watch the recording together or discuss the activities together virtually.
Alternatively, you can skip the video altogether and teach the IBL on your own with your class virtually. You can find this and the other IBLs at any time in the math section of your teacher dashboard.
Parents can watch along with the video and guide students through the lesson or simply have students watch and work independently.
Where can we get more Inquiry Based Lessons?
Freckle includes Inquiry Based Lessons for every 1st-8th grade level math standard. Please note that the IBLs within Freckle include an introductory video, prompts, and worksheets, but not the video that you saw above.
Many of these IBLs are available on the free version of Freckle, which can be used by teachers and parents. All of the IBLs are available with Freckle Premium, which can be purchased by schools and districts.
We have one more video IBL available on the Freckle blog: Basic Multiplication.
How can I sign up for Freckle?
Teachers, sign up here to create your free Freckle account.
Parents, if you want to create a Freckle account so your child can practice at home, start here before creating a teacher account!