Fractions Concepts

Recommended Practice: Build basic fraction concepts from students’ informal understandings of sharing and proportion.

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The Conceptual Basis for Fractions

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This multimedia overview introduces how children’s intuitive understandings of sharing and proportion can serve as a foundation on which to build formal instruction of fraction concepts. This...

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Building on Intuitive Understanding

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Dr. Thomas P. Carpenter discusses the importance of building children’s conceptual understanding of fractions based on intuitive ideas about sharing and apportioning objects. He demonstrates...

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Expert Interview

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Equal Sharing in Grade 1

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Watch a teacher guide students through a problem set requiring fair sharing of objects and sets of objects. Using Sharing Cookies Worksheets, she provides differentiated challenges based on...

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Teaching Fractions in Grade 2

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Watch a second-grade teacher describe a review lesson designed to check understanding of fractions, decimals, and percents. This classroom presentation was shown in the topic National Mathematics...

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Representations of Part-Whole Relationships

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Listen to how a math coach works with second graders on fair sharing and fraction equivalence challenges. The lesson culminates with students exploring parts of a whole and equivalencies,...

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Same Parts, Different Whole: Lesson Plan and Worksheet

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A fourth-grade teacher’s lesson on finding fractional parts of rectangular arrays and a group of objects requires students to compare the same fractional parts of different-size wholes. Related...

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Sample Material

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Sharing Cookies Worksheet

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As seen in Equal Sharing in Grade 1, a teacher uses the progressively more difficult sharing challenges on this worksheet to differentiate instruction. Related Files: Equal Sharing in...

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Sample Material

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Fractions With Cuisinaire Rods

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Students use the worksheet to record their explorations of equivalent fractions using Cuisenaire Rods. Their work is shown in Representations of Part-Whole Relationships. Related Media and...

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Sample Material

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Learning Together About Building on Informal Understandings of Fractions

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Math coaches and specialists can use this professional development sequence to help primary grade teachers learn about the importance of working with even very young children on informal fraction...

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Discussion Prompts: Initial Fraction Concepts

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Teachers can use these prompts to help children extend their thinking during informal encounters with fractions. The question and strategy prompts remind teachers how they can take advantage of...

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Tool

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Creating Story Problems: Initial Fraction Concepts

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Use this planning tool to create problems that build on children’s informal understanding of fractions. The planner outlines the components necessary to construct a progression of...

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