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From: Judy Chambers 
To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2000053016:02:13
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 hand-on 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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