Resources

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Overviews

Recognizing Fractions as Numbers

Watch this multimedia overview explaining why number lines are recommended as a central representational tool to teach students about fractions and how teachers can help students understand fractions as numbers, relationships between fractions, and fractions as units of measure.

 

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Classroom Materials

Partitive and Measurement Fraction Problems

Dr. Brendefur uses two context problems to distinguish between partitive and measurement fraction problems. These two slides illustrate the differences between the two problems and demonstrate the approaches needed to arrive at the solutions. See the related media, Multiple Interpretations of Fractions.

 

Overviews

Making Sense of Computational Procedures

Watch this multimedia overview to learn about the importance of focusing on conceptual understanding and procedural fluency with fractions operations and how they connect. The overview describes recommended instructional practices for developing understanding of computational procedures and ways to address typical student misconceptions.

 

Expert Interviews

Learning to Think Proportionally

James Lewis discusses what it means to think proportionally and offers examples from everyday contexts. He describes the conceptual progression toward working with cross-multiplication and demonstrates using ratio tables as a tool for solving problems.

 

FEATURING: W. James (Jim) Lewis, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Professional Development Videos

Multiply or Divide?

This staff development session provides suggestions for helping students understand fraction multiplication and division concepts. Follow the full session through Focus on Fraction Operations and Multiply or Divide Problems.

FEATURING: RMC Denver Professional Development

Classroom Materials

Multiply or Divide Problems

Participants in the Multiply or Divide? staff development session on fraction operations worked with this problem set to strengthen their understanding of fraction multiplication and division concepts. See Focus on Fraction Operations for additional background.

 

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Professional Development Tools

Focus on Fraction Operations

This PowerPoint covers the content of a staff development session for math coaches and teachers about how to teach fraction operations. Multiply or Divide? shows a portion of the workshop in which participants are working on the sample material, Multiply or Divide Problems.

 

FEATURING: RMC Denver Professional Development

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