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The Doorbell Rang



After reading "The Doorbell Rang" by Pat Hutchins, students explore fractional representations for a set of cookies. Students communicate their thinking through modeling, discussions, and writing.


Preparation Time

up to 1 hour

Activity Time

five 30 to 60 minute lessons.






Cheryl A. Nix, M.S. and Amanda Katharine Serenevy, Ph.D.

National Common Core Standards

3.NF.1 Understand a fraction 1/b as the quantity formed by one part when a whole is partitioned into b equal parts; understand a/b as a pieces of size 1/b.
3.NF.3 Explain equivalence of fractions in special cases and compare fractions by reasoning about their size.
4.NF.1 Explain why a fraction a/b is equivalent to a fraction (nxa)/(nxb) by using visual fraction models.
4.NF.2 Compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators by creating common denominators or numerators or by comparing to benchmark fractions.
4.NF.3 Understand a fraction a/b with a>1 as the sum of fractions 1/b, and add and subtract mixed numbers with like denominators.
4.NF.4 Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication to multiply a fraction by a whole number (including results that are improper fractions).
5.NF.1 Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators (including mixed numbers) by replacing given fractions with equivalent fractions in such a way as to produce an equivalent sum or difference of fractions with like denominators.
5.NF.2 Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole, including cases of unlike denominators, e.g. by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem. Use benchmark fractions to estimate mentally and assess reasonableness of answers.
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