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Registered: 12/6/04
fraction model
Posted: Jul 5, 1995 8:49 PM
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I also like a variety of models to teach fractions. My personal favorites
are pattern blocks. Like someone mentioned with a different model, I like to
change the unit block. Sometimes we use the hexagon as the unit, sometimes
something smaller and sometimes I tape two hexagons together and make that
the unit fraction. It causes people (not just young students) to really
think about what a fraction is. In our district, we moved fraction
computation to the intermediate (middle) school. We still teach the concept
of fractions in k-5 and we teach simple computation ideas with common
fractions (half,tenth,etc.), but our emphasis is on working with decimal
computation and understanding. We started doing that when calculators became
a major part of our program. We want students to know that 3.4564677 is not
larger than 54. It has worked well although our standardized test scores
stink on fractions in grades 3-6, in grades 7 and 8 we catch up. Once the
middle school teachers realize they have more to do with fractions than they
did in the past and As long as you can convince the Board that this is
acceptable, which we have to do each year, then it seems to be a productive
way to approach the idea of fractions.

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