Direct Instruction
The learning intention for this lesson was to solve word problems involving lessons and to justify your thinking. The video shows snippets of the whole process from the introduction of the problem to the children explaining their thinking to the whole class. I chose this lesson because I wanted the children to see how the parts of a ratio come together to form a whole.
Detailed lesson plan here.
Reflection/Next steps
Making the punch at the start of lesson was great in getting buy in from the children. It also helped that they knew they were going to have some punch at the end. An interesting issue that arose was the children didn't read the question properly. The question asked was,  'How much of each drink would Jack need to make punch for 30 people' but the children read it as, 'How many batches of punch does Jack need to make to serve 30 people'.  Once the error was highlighted they were able to join the dots and do the maths but the problem was they didn't realise the error themselves.  This is a common issue for our kids, they struggle to understand either the vocabulary in the word problem or knowing what it is asking them which then has a detrimental effect on their maths. My next steps involves unpacking the word problems with the children and guiding them to make sure they fully understand the problem before proceeding with solving it.

In regards to my teaching I have been trying hard to allow for more wait time. This hasn't been easy however It has been in the forefront of my mind and I have noticed myself doing it more which is nice to see.

 Learning Site Content
WALT:  -  Solve word problems involving ratios and justify our thinking


1 - Copy, file & turn in the Perfect Punch activity
2 - Watch the ratios video below
3 - Work through the activity with your teacher
4 - Post the completed activity on your blog along with a description of your learning

Ratios Video

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Rob Wiseman
Pt England School
New Zealand


Manaiakalani Research

New Zealand Curriculum