Fractions Operations
Recommended Practice: Help students understand why computational procedures with fractions make sense.
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Making Sense of Computational Procedures
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Watch this multimedia overview to learn about the importance of focusing on conceptual understanding and procedural fluency with fractions operations and how they connect. The overview describes...
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Supporting Teachers' Conceptual Understanding
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Listen to this interview with instructional facilitator Jonathan Wray as he describes how his district uses walk-throughs as one element of a multifaceted professional development plan for...
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Expert Interview
The Concepts Behind Operations
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Dr. David C. Geary describes how to build students’ understanding of the concepts underlying operations with fractions, common misconceptions that children have, and what can be learned from their...
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Expert Interview
Multiply or Divide?
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This staff development session provides suggestions for helping students understand fraction multiplication and division concepts. Follow the full session through Focus on Fraction Operations and...
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School Example
Solving a Real-World Fraction Division Problem
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A fifth-grade teacher poses a fraction division problem and challenges students to find different approaches to a solution. One student uses a number line; others use build-up strategies. See their...
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Ways to Measure 1 1/2 Cups
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A fourth-grade teacher asks students to help solve his problem of measuring 1-1/2 cups without either a 1-cup or a 1/2-cup measuring cup, and instead with the use of many other size measuring cups....
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Grade 5 Number Talk
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Follow a teacher’s lesson on adding and subtracting fractions using fraction equivalents and relationships. Children share their strategies for solving the problems described in Dumb Friends League...
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School Example
Multiply or Divide Problems
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Participants in the Multiply or Divide? staff development session on fraction operations worked with this problem set to strengthen their understanding of fraction multiplication and division...
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Sample Material
Focus on Fraction Operations
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This PowerPoint covers the content of a staff development session for math coaches and teachers about how to teach fraction operations. Multiply or Divide? shows a portion of the workshop in which...
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Sample Material
Web Shots for Spiderman Problem
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Students use this worksheet to record findings from exploration with Cuisenaire Rods as they build a foundation for working with equivalent fractions. Their work is shown in Solving a Real-World...
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Sample Material
Dumb Friends League Problem
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Students work on this set of real-world problems about placing homeless dogs in animal shelters. The problems require comparison of fractions as seen in Grade 5 Number Talk. Related Media and...
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Sample Material
Learning Together About Students' Misconceptions About Fraction Operations
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This professional development workshop is designed to create awareness about students’ potential misconceptions related to fraction operations. Related Media: Making Sense of Computational...
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