In a message dated 95-08-11 23:16:40 EDT, you write:
>Kent, >Our text does teach decimals before we even touch fractions. Then we treat >it as 2 separate topics and I don't recall that, at 5th grade, we even >touch on the connection between the two. I'm not sure my kids could >handle. As I mentioned before, most of my kids are still at the "what's a >fraction" stage. I do a lot of Bill orders a pizza and eats 1/2 of the >sausage pizza that is cut into 8 pieces. How many pieces did he eat? They >might understand Bill ate 50% of the pizza - but never .50 of the pizza. > >Nancy > This is my point. My child is learning common denominators and she barely understands fractions. I believe the idea of adding fractions could be held off till middle school. The concept of fractions could be taught right along with division.