Kia ora, my name is Hannah West. I am a year 5 teacher at Pt England School in Auckland, New Zealand. I teach in an innovative learning environment (ILE) with one other teacher. In 2018, I was a Manaiakalani-Google Class on Air teacher. This year, 2019, I am one of the Manaiakalani Innovative Teachers. In this blog, I will document my professional inquiry and learning as a teacher.
Saturday, 18 November 2017
Music and fractions
Music lends itself nicely to learning about fractions. In fact, rhythm and beat is all about fractions! Therefore, I decided to teach fractions through music.
It took a while for some students to grasp the concept of this, however when they did, they were able to make strong connections between music and fractions. Many students were really motivated with this problem solving task and persevered until they correctly answered task 1 and 2.
I think the turning point for students grasping understanding of this was when we played a clapping game and students realised that the total always had to be the same length of time. That is, 1 semibreve had to last the same length of time as 4 crotchets.