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Basic math fractions

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From: Gail (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: May 04, 1999 at 18:04:59
Subject: Re: Basic math fractions

> Dear Marielouise and Gail,Thank you for your fraction tips. >Now, I also am working with a 7th grade boy who is just this year >memorizing most of his multiplication problems. He is working on simple one >digit division problems and has alot of difficulty remembering the correct >number for the quotient. He gets very frustrated. What do you suggest as the best way to proceed with him. Would it be better to have him work with >a calculator or a multiplication chart? Any other suggestions? >Thank you Perhaps he really doesn't "see" what he is doing. Have you tried letting him use counters to work out these problems? For example, if the problem is 29 divided by 3, have him take 29 beans, or other materials, and divide them into three groups. Ask him how many are in each group. Then have him divide them into groups of three, and ask him how many groups he made. If you ask him to solve very simple word problems (that could be solved with division) while he uses these manipulations, you will also be helping him figure out a context for this "skill" to be used in. Once he makes the connection that dividing is making groups from a whole set, he may have less trouble figuring out a reasonable estimate, and remembering the correct answer. On the other hand, if he is having trouble remembering the quotient because he still hasn't mastered the multiplication facts, your strategy of using the chart is a good one. You might want to have him look for patterns in the chart, and then relate what he sees to models using beans or some other manipulations. He might begin with 24, and look for all the ways he can make equal groups. Then he could find these groups on the multiplication chart. Hope this gives you some ideas to start with. -Gail, for the Teacher2Teacher service

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