Standards-based assessment and Instruction

## View Spanish Translation           Prize Ribbons With Sequins

Mrs. Mason volunteers to make one prize ribbon for each of the forty-seven students who will attend math camp. Mrs. Mason will decorate each prize ribbon with sequins. Mrs. Mason buys packages of sequins. Each package holds one-fourth of a pound of sequins. Each package has enough sequins to decorate six prize ribbons. How many packages of sequins does Mrs. Mason need to buy to make the prize ribbons? How many pounds of sequins does Mrs. Mason have to buy to make the prize ribbons? What part of a pound of sequins will be used to make each prize ribbon? Show all your mathematical thinking.

### Dividing With Fractions Unit

The Dividing with Fractions Unit develops meaning for situations involving dividing a whole number by a unit fraction and dividing a unit fraction by a whole number. Questions asked when dividing whole numbers provide meaning for situations involving division with fractions:

• When a quantity is shared equally, what is the size of each share? When 1/4 is shared equally among 5, what is the size of each share: 1/4 ÷ 5 = ? ?
• How many groups of a given size are in this whole number? How many 1/4s are in 5: 5 ÷ 1/4 = ? ?

### Math Concepts and Skills Covered

The student develops and uses strategies for positive rational number computation in order to solve problems. The student is expected to:

• Describe situations in which a unit fraction is divided by a whole number and a whole number is divided by a unit fraction.
• Represent the division of a unit fraction by a whole number and the division of a whole number by a unit fraction such as 1/4 ÷ 5 and 5 ÷ 1/4 using objects and pictorial models such as area models.

This task requires students to divide a unit fraction by a whole number. Students also need to find the sum of like fractions.

### Underlying Mathematical Concepts

• Fractional part of a whole
• Multiples of a whole
• The meaning of division
• Division of a unit fraction by a whole number

### Possible Problem-Solving Strategies

• Model (manipulatives)
• Diagram/Key
• Table
• Number line

### Possible Mathematical Vocabulary/Symbolic Representation

• Model
• Diagram/Key
• Table
• Number line
• Pound (lb)
• Ounce (oz)
• Multiples
• Equivalent/Equal to
• Unit
• Whole
• Fraction
• 1/4, 1/24 ...
• Numerator/Denominator
• Weight
• Decimals
• 0.25 ...
• Pattern
• Per
• Rules: 6 • p = r, 1/4 • p = t
• Variable
• Graph
• Axis

### Possible Solutions

Mrs. Mason needs to buy 8 packages of sequins, which is 2 pounds of sequins. 1/24 of a pound of sequins will make one prize ribbon. ### Possible Connections

Below are some examples of mathematical connections. Your students may discover some that are not on this list.

• Mrs. Mason has 1/24 lb of sequins left to make 1 more prize ribbon.
• Patterns: Packages +1, Total ribbons +6, Total pounds per package +1/4
• Rules: 6 · p = r, 1/4 · p = t (p is package, t is total pounds, r is ribbons).
• Generalize and apply the rules, and graph functions.
• 2 pounds of sequins is 32 ounces.
• Solve more than one way to verify the answer is correct. Our teacher-friendly tasks are designed to support both the Common Core and Citywide instructional expectations. GO Math! alignments are also available.
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The Exemplars program is designed to assess students' problem-solving and mathematical-communication skills. It also supports higher-level thinking and extension of mathematical reasoning.

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