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Multiplication and fractions in gr 2

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From: Ralph (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Feb 04, 2008 at 09:36:53
Subject: Re: Multiplication and fractions in gr 2

Hi Pam, Thank you for writing to T2T. There really isn't a prescriptive sequence regarding what should be taught before what. Some programs teach all of addition before beginning any work with subtraction; others develop addition and subtraction together as "related ideas" (subtraction "undoing" what addition does), etc. My own personal preference regarding the two concepts you mentioned would be to do multiplication first. Generally the students will have been working with addition, and so seeing multiplication as repeated addition helps students conceptualize what's happening in multiplication. Probably more important is WHAT fraction ideas would you teach at this grade level. I think that at grade 2, being able to identify a fraction as part of a whole, recognizing that fractions as parts of a whole require equal size pieces, and making simple fraction comparisons (e.g. 3/8 is more than 1/8) is sufficient. There is a LOT that can be done with fraction readiness at this level, and it disturbs me when I see programs moving to fraction computation at Gr. 2. Hope this helps, -Ralph, for the T2T service

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