Saw this old blog post from Fawn Nguyen making the rounds again this week:
Drawing Rectangles instead of Writing Equations
and decided to give the problem a try with the kids this morning.
Here’s the problem: In a town, 3/7 of the men are married to 2/3 of the women. What fraction of the people in the town are married?
I did the problem with pairs of snap cubes instead of marriage. Here’s now it went:
After they finished their solution, I showed them Fawn’s solution. My younger son was a little confused about adding fractions versus what’s going on in this problem. Hopefully that confusion was straightened out by the end of the video.
So, another nice problem from Fawn. It is fun to be able to talk through a non-standard fraction problem like this one with the boys.