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Exploring Fractions: Using Knowledge of 1/2 to find 1/6s

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, February 25th, 2018

In this clip from Beyond Pizzas & Pies, students describe how they found the rods that are 1/6 of the unit interval. What important fraction concept does Marcela’s reasoning support?



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An Important Teacher Decision: When and When Not to Give the Answer?

by Marilyn Burns, Founder, Math Solutions
February 02nd, 2018

The fourth graders I’ve been working with this year have recently been learning about fractions. Last week I began a lesson by drawing two representations on the board (as shown above) and writing a question. I gave the students about five minutes to do a “quick write” to answer the question and explain their thinking.…



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Fractions Fun Book Giveaway

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, February 01st, 2018

Fractions are a critical foundation in mathematics, and at Math Solutions, we are dedicated to providing teachers with the tools they need to promote fraction sense in their classrooms. That’s why we’re taking the opportunity to celebrate Fractions February! We hope you can join in our fractions celebration! Please share your own favorite fractions resources with us…



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Join Math Solutions for our March 2017 #NumberTalksChat

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

It’s time for another Twitter live chat on fractions, decimals, and percentages! Please join @Math_Solutions for our March #NumberTalksChat on Wednesday, March 29th at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT. Two lucky participants will be randomly selected to receive copies of Sherry Parrish and Ann Dominick’s Number Talks: Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages. Join us for a lively discussion on strategies…



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Beyond Pizzas & Pies: Interview with Julie McNamara

by Tara, Guest Interviewer, The Elementary Math Maniac
February 28th, 2017

Today we’re thrilled to welcome Tara from The Elementary Math Maniac to the blog to share the second part of her interview with Julie McNamara, author of Beyond Pizzas & Pies and Beyond Invert & Multiply. You can read the first part of the interview on her blog.   How did you go from being…



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Fraction Number Talks: An Interview with Sherry Parrish & Ann Dominick

by Kristin Gray, Guest Interviewer, Math Minds
February 24th, 2017

We’re thrilled to welcome Kristin Gray, K-5 Math Specialist and author of Math Minds, to the blog today. She recently interviewed Sherry Parrish and Ann Dominick, authors of Number Talks: Fractions, Decimals, & Percentages, about their processes and experience as math educators. Both authors share how their careers in math education inspired their work with number talks,…



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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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How Students Can Use Fractions to Manage Allowance

by Treve Brinkman, Director of Professional Learning
February 13th, 2017

You can connect fractions with something most students identify with: getting money.



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The Pizza Problem

by Marilyn Burns, Founder, Math Solutions
February 10th, 2017

The Pizza Problem is a great way to apply mathematical information in a real-world context. Challenge your seventh and eighth graders to apply their understanding of area and order of operations with the pricing of pizza. When teaching a unit on the area of circles, I asked a class of seventh- and eighth-grade students to investigate…



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