March 2007

Featured Topic:   Fraction Tour

This is the first in a series of in-depth topics presented on The fractions series includes: fraction models, fraction activities, problem solving, games, writing to learn, templates, math-literature connections, and web links. Each page has a left navigation bar to easily take you through the tour and back to the homepage or the math topics page. These tours will grow over time as additional activities are added to develop each topic. Hopefully, the tour format will help users easily follow a topic through the site.

Students need many concrete experiences with fractions to develop a deep understanding of the three models of fractions: area, linear and set models. Teachers need to address all three models in well-designed instructional activities so that students develop a rich concept of fractions that they can use to make sense of numbers, operations, measurement and probability.

  • Start the Fraction Tour for some background and ideas for teaching this important concept.

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Activities:   The activities on this site were developed by Terry Kawas and the teachers in districts where she has worked as a math consultant and coach or with students she has taught in college math-methods courses.   The activities are classroom-tested by teachers and appropriate modifications have been made to reflect this field-testing.   These activities are posted online in an effort to share quality activities and routines within the mathematics community.

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