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Interpret remainders by examining the context of the problem

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.6.NS.A.1 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/6/NS/A/1
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP1 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP1
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP8 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP8

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Big Ideas: We interpret remainders in different ways depending on the situation. A remainder is named by comparing the left over amount with the divisor. This lesson focuses on interpreting the pieces left over or remainders when dividing fractions by fractions. Students are given a task where the remainder could be interpreted in different ways. Students have to visually represent the left over part or remainder using a model. Students then determine what the value of the remainder is based upon in the context of the problem. The mathematical concepts in this lesson build toward students’ future work interpreting fractions when dividing fractions with different denominators. Vocabulary: divisor, dividend, quotient, remainder Special Materials: graph paper unifix cubes