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Topic: Re: is learning fractions hurting children?
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 Lutemann@aol.com Posts: 203 Registered: 12/6/04
Re: is learning fractions hurting children?
Posted: Aug 12, 1995 11:53 AM

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.

Kent