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From: Judy Chambers To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion Date: 2000053017:02:13 Subject: Re: Fractions in 2nd grade One good way to begin teaching fractions to second graders is through the use of stories or books. _Eating Fractions_ by B. Macmillan is one that's good for younger children, as is _The Doorbell Rang_ by P. Hutchens. _The Doorbell Rang_ is about sharing cookies, which will lead to some great followup activities with the students. _Eating Fractions_ is also about food so it provides great handon activities after the book. Using small cereals like Cheerios is good too. Give each child a set (20 or so), and have them count 20 as the whole or 1. Then pretend to share the set with a friend and ask how many each person would get  then another friend, and another. Soon they begin to see how sets are broken apart to make fractions. Good Luck and Happy Mathing! Judy
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