Help students understand why computational procedures with fractions make sense.

In order for students to become proficient with computational procedures when working with fractions, they need a strong understanding of why those procedures make sense. Teachers should focus on building conceptual understanding and developing procedural fluency, emphasizing that the two are connected. This teaching for understanding requires teachers to have deep knowledge of computational procedures, be fluent with a range of representations, and know common misconceptions that interfere with students' understanding operations with fractions.

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Learning Together About Students' Misconceptions About Fraction Operations

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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03/16/2014
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Walk-Throughs: Teaching Fraction Operations

Use the “look-fors” in this tool as a guide for observational walk-throughs of elementary and middle school math classes. Related Files and Media: Developing Effective Fractions...

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03/16/2014
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Planner: Meaningful Student Assignments With Fraction Operations

Intermediate-grade teachers can use this planning tool to develop practice problems in adding and multiplying fractions based in real-world situations. Related Files and Media: Developing...

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03/16/2014
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Multiply or Divide Problems

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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03/16/2014
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Focus on Fraction Operations

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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03/16/2014
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Web Shots for Spiderman Problem

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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03/16/2014
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Dumb Friends League Problem

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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03/16/2014
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Multiply or Divide?

Multiply or Divide?

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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03/16/2014
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Solving a Real-World Fraction Division Problem

Solving a Real-World Fraction Division Problem

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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03/16/2014
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Ways to Measure 1 1/2 Cups

Ways to Measure 1 1/2 Cups

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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03/16/2014
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Grade 5 Number Talk

Grade 5 Number Talk

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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03/16/2014
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Supporting Teachers' Conceptual Understanding

Supporting Teachers' Conceptual Understanding

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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03/16/2014
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