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Topic:  Developing Fraction Concepts 
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Subject:  RE: Developing Fraction Concepts 
Author:  nolandog 
Date:  Nov 5 2004 
different real life objects they will be able to think beyond numbers. One
activity they enjoy is to take a favorite saying or short riddle and use it the
answer to breaking a code. An example would explain it clearer. The first 1/4 of
doughnut + the middle 1/5 of dodge = dog. They will need to see an example of
this and their first attempts will be in the form of the first 1/x of each word
but experience will help. When each student has a really good puzzle we send
them to another class for them to solve.
Also, the book "It's Not Immoral to Count on Your Fingers" is a great resource.
I have used it for several years. My students are high school SCI and lower
resource and they resist using the manipulative circles. I have found over the
years that you must make them. I try to explain to them that everyone uses a
manipulative of some sort but they still think it is being a baby. Often I will
use two sets of the circles to model a fraction. The 3 of 3/4 would be modeled
with 3 of the quarter circles and the 4 with 4 of the quarter circles.
 
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