As an early childhood teacher, you are now charged with laying a strong foundation in the understanding of fractions rather than diving into the mathematical operations of fractions, which is now reserved to begin in grade 4. In many ways this relieves a lot of anxiety in classrooms around the USA. But in other aspects, the teaching of these foundational skills must be thorough and concrete, culminating in mathematical representation on paper, which leads to stress in developing another type of planning and delivering instruction in a systematic and complete manner.
Core Rigor has developed a plan that can be adjusted to the needs of your students by extending or shortening the time you spend on each concept. The concepts included in the unit are:
1. A list of basic components and suggested vocabulary work
2. Sharing tasks
3. Fraction models with pattern blocks, grid paper, dot paper,
geoboards, pie pieces, line segments, and paper folding
4. Fraction symbols to fraction parts
5. Part to whole tasks
6. Fraction number sense
7. Fraction misconceptions
A few common blackline masters are also included.
All concepts begin with manipulative work, provide discussion opportunities for pairs or groups, and then are taken to pen and paper activities by the manner you,as the classroom teacher choose.
This unit will simplify your planning for instructing fractions while providing your students with the deepest understanding of fractions to beginning fraction operations in the upper grades.
This is the perfect support document for your daily number talks, to use in conjunction with any standard math program that lacks "hands on" opportunities for the acquisition of math understanding, or to simplify planning for overworked, stressed to the max teachers.