Recently, I had an aha moment. It really should not have been one, but it was. I was talking to someone about different spice blends, when I realized that I could ask my students for family recipes of spice blends (or other things). I could then take these family recipes and use them to create some different tasks/questions to practice using models for division and for ratio tasks (This was not the aha moment).
I brought up the idea with some of my classes. I offered 5 points of extra credit (which is nothing since my students earn over a thousand points in a marking period). The room was suddenly abuzz. Can I bring a recipe for scones? My family has a bunch of different spice recipes. I can bring something from Croatia. Can I bring a recipe for something besides spices but that is a family recipe? I can bring something from Argentina. Everyone was so excited. My aha moment was a realization that by doing something as small as asking them for recipes that we could turn into math problems, I was giving them a little more ownership of our class. I was welcoming their families and their cultures into our world.
Here are the task cards I have created thus far for modeling mixed number division.