Authentic fractions work combined with reading at home:
Fraction concepts become meaningful and interesting with this weekly collaborative lesson activity which uses reading logs to address elapsed time, computation, unlike denominators, mixed numbers, addition of like and unlike denominators, addition of mixed numbers, identification of fraction equivalencies.
Activate visual thinking and move from concrete to abstract:
This strategy combines using drawings and numbers. Students track their own reading time in fractional parts of an hour, convert minutes on the clock to fractions and mixed numbers, and work together to calculate how much time the class as a whole reads at home each week. Four practice worksheets help bridge the visual and abstract.
Gradual release of responsibility:
The whole class weekly lesson is gradually released to the students themselves. In this weekly lesson, students will:
- convert minutes to fractional parts of an hour
- draw representations of simple fractions and mixed numbers
- translate their drawings to numbers
- keep track of quantities and numerical data
- indentify equivalent fractions
- combine and add fractions with like denominators
- combine and add fractions with unlike denominators
- estimate fractional amounts to the nearest half, quarter, and whole hour
Included in this resource:
- an overview of the process
- list of student objectives
- directions for implementing the procedure
- ready-to-print reading logs in three formats
- a graphic showing a sample weekly lesson
- ideas for extending, simplifying, and varying the activity
- four practice worksheets integrating visual and abstract thinking
This activity is appropriate for many grade levels; the degree of complexity and difficulty can easily be adjusted according to students' levels, abilities and needs. I have used this strategy successfully with students from second grade to fifth grade to teach basic fraction concepts, adding fractions, identifying equivalencies, and working with different denominators.
Make fraction work fun, interesting, and meaningful!
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I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. I have a Multiple Subjects credential, a Single Subject credential for Art and English, LDS/ESL certification, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Mathematics focus, and Montessori certification. I have worked with all elementary grades, and with special groups including ELL, GATE, and At-Risk students. Creating Art With Kids
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