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Halving Squares: A #FractionsFebruary Activity

by Treve Brinkman, Director of Professional Learning
February 21st, 2017

An important mathematics concept for children to learn is that all halves of the same whole are the same size. If the whole is divided into different sizes, then they are not halves. While halves of the same shape must be the same size, they do not have to be the same shape. For example,…

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#FractionsFebruary Activity: Ordering Fractions

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, February 17th, 2017

When teaching fractions, it’s important to give students the opportunity to compare and order fractions, and practice equivalent and non-equivalent fractions. Try this activity for fourth and fifth-grade students who have already explored fractional parts of halves, fourths, eighths, and sixteenths. The lesson demonstrates students’ levels of comprehension, and helps them improve their reasoning skills. With the…

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Fun with Fractions

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, January 12th, 2016

Introducing Multiplication of Fractions: A Lesson for Fifth and Sixth Graders PDF A Fifth Grade Fraction Lesson PDF Working with Counting Cups: A Lesson for Kindergarteners and First Graders PDF

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Lessons from the Classroom

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, June 04th, 2015

K–2 Lesson: How many fingers?
from About Teaching Mathematics: A K–8 Resource, Fourth Edition, Marilyn Burns

3–5 Lesson: Using the Rods to show how ½, 2/4, and, 4/8
From Beyond Pizzas & Pies: 10 Essential Strategies for Supporting Fraction Sense, Grades 3–5, Second Edition, Julie McNamara and Meghan M. Shaughnessy

3–6 Lesson: Placing ½ on the number line
From Beyond Invert and Multiply: Making Sense of Fraction Computation, Grades 3–6, Julie McNamara

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