Posts tagged as: fractions

Fractions February: Exploring Problems Through Measurement

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, February 06th, 2019

My eight-year-old neighbor Zoe spent the day with me recently so we decided to do a little baking. The recipe we were using called for ½ cup of sugar and three cups of flour. After using the ½ cup measuring cup to add sugar to the batter, I suggested we use the same measuring cup…



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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 Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, 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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Math at the Deli

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, October 10th, 2017

My friend Ann sent me an email about her unsettling experience at the supermarket deli counter. Ann has never felt particularly confident with her math ability, and I was pleased (and amused) that she asserted herself in this situation. Also, Ann’s comment to me about the work we face as math teachers rang true.



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Beyond Pizzas & Pies: Interview with Julie McNamara

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, 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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Halving Squares: A #FractionsFebruary Activity

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, 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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Comparing Fractions Using Benchmarks

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, February 08th, 2017

The benchmark of a 1/2 on a number line is perhaps one of the most important visual tools in building fraction sense. With the aid of either of a number line or pie chart (or both!), we suggest a visual aid with a fraction question so that students may connect abstract and concrete reasoning. Try this class…



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Happy Fractions February: Book Giveaway

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, February 01st, 2017

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’ll be sharing fun and informative fractions resources all month long here on the blog and on…



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#NumberTalksChat 10/26 Recap

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, October 27th, 2016

Last night we held our third #NumberTalksChat on Twitter, with a lively discussion on implementing fraction number talks in the classroom. We were joined by Sherry Parrish and Ann Dominick, co-authors of the upcoming Number Talks: Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages. If you weren’t able to participate on Twitter, and you’d like to see some good ideas for implementing…



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