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Part 3 of our series of blog posts on math education concepts new to parents. This post is all about the teaching of Fractions!

Part 3 of our series of blog posts on math education concepts new to parents. This post is all about the teaching of Fractions!

A an activity where students shade in the given fraction and then determine if two fractions are equivalent or not equivalent....

A an activity where students shade in the given fraction and then determine if two fractions are equivalent or not equivalent....

In drawing models for fractions, we need to emphasize the importance of the "same whole" when they are used for instruction on fraction comparison, addition and subtraction. Care must be taken to present them correctly, otherwise it will only add confusion to our students. This concept of the "same whole" in fractions, along with that of "equal parts", are both fundamental in helping students understand the meaning of fractions.

Understanding the Concept of Same Whole in Fractions

In drawing models for fractions, we need to emphasize the importance of the "same whole" when they are used for instruction on fraction comparison, addition and subtraction. Care must be taken to present them correctly, otherwise it will only add confusion to our students. This concept of the "same whole" in fractions, along with that of "equal parts", are both fundamental in helping students understand the meaning of fractions.

Addition and subtraction of like fractions is the first step in the introduction of the big topic of fraction arithmetic, and is a great chance for teachers and parents to set things right and lay down the right foundation for the future. At the same time, it is an opportunity for students to exercise their deduction and reasoning skills by coming up with the "rules" for adding and subtracting fractions through hands on observations.

Addition and Subtraction of Like Fractions

Addition and subtraction of like fractions is the first step in the introduction of the big topic of fraction arithmetic, and is a great chance for teachers and parents to set things right and lay down the right foundation for the future. At the same time, it is an opportunity for students to exercise their deduction and reasoning skills by coming up with the "rules" for adding and subtracting fractions through hands on observations.

Writing mixed numbers and improper fractions should be taught conceptually. Instead of rules and procedures, try giving students time to explore!

Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions

Writing mixed numbers and improper fractions should be taught conceptually. Instead of rules and procedures, try giving students time to explore!

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Addition and Subtraction of Unrelated Fractions

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Fraction Creature-might be able to use this idea with students creating ratios

Fraction Creature-might be able to use this idea with students creating ratios

Fraction Wheel App is an interactive education webapp to help teachers and parents teach concepts in fractions. The wheel position snaps to fractions whose denominators are indicated by the user. The value of the fraction is shown at the center and can be turned on and off by clicking the center of the wheel.

Fraction Wheel App

Fraction Wheel App is an interactive education webapp to help teachers and parents teach concepts in fractions. The wheel position snaps to fractions whose denominators are indicated by the user. The value of the fraction is shown at the center and can be turned on and off by clicking the center of the wheel.

Many teachers do not place enough emphasis on conceptual understanding of fraction multiplication, which is very important for interpreting word problems.

Fraction Multiplication

Many teachers do not place enough emphasis on conceptual understanding of fraction multiplication, which is very important for interpreting word problems.

Using FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT in math class! Includes traffic lighting, snowball toss and parking lot. Great ideas for INCREASING STUDENT ENGAGEMENT!!!

Using FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT in math class! Includes traffic lighting, snowball toss and parking lot. Great ideas for INCREASING STUDENT ENGAGEMENT!!!

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