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Topic:  Fractions, concept and calculations 
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Subject:  RE: Fractions, concept and calculations 
Author:  Bradford 
Date:  Oct 20 2004 
mine  but, nevertheless  right on target. Babies know shapes, pictures and
such. Not does 2 go into 3 or whatever. Teach what that child is capable of
learning and use their constraints to formulate the correct tools to use.
On Oct 1 2004, Teach Math wrote:
> The Reys, Lindquist, et al text entitled Helping Children Learn
> Mathematics has helpful information on the conceptual teaching of
> fractions. They suggest that students need to know the three
> meanings of fractions: PartWhole, Quotient and Ratio and that we
> must use multiple models for teaching these concepts: region
> (pizza), length, set and area. Much of the research suggests that we
> move too quickly to engaging students in computing with fractions
> before they understand the meanings of fractions.
There are also
> lesson plans and resources for teaching fractions at
> http://www.illuminations.nctm.org.
 
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