Today is my day to blog over at Upper Elementary Snapshots--so I hope you will stop by and check out this fun lesson about fractional reasoning. It REALLY showed me where my students were with their math thinking! Just click the image above to check out the details. I think you'll be impressed with the work that nine and ten year olds can do! How much attention do you spend on fractional ... Read *the* Post

## Examples, Counterexamples, and More with Equivalent Fractions

As I have worked to build my students' understanding of key fraction concepts, I wanted students to really work to deepen their understanding that fractions can have more than one name--and can be represented in more than one way. In other words--equivalent fractions!
Today's "warm up" was geared toward reminding students that they can represent fractions in many ways...so I gave them 5 minutes ... Read *the* Post

## Using Our Fractional Reasoning!

We had a great concept sort today...and I just wanted to share a little about what we did!
We are working on the concept of equivalent fractions...we have drawn pictures, told stories (If I had half a pizza but cut the half into two pieces, what fraction would I have?), and generated lists of equivalent fractions. What we DIDN'T do is what most math programs do right away--teach students to ... Read *the* Post

## Coming Up with a Math Plan, Teamwork, and Perseverance!

I just wanted to share a quick blog post about what I am doing in math workshop over the next two weeks because my students are SO excited! We are digging into the next series of fraction lessons, and I know that some of my fourth graders are going to handle the material easily. To make sure they have plenty of meaningful work to do when they finish their learning, I introduced the ... Read *the* Post

## Getting Students Thinking about Fractions

Just wanted to share some fraction fun from our first day of fraction review! I like to dig in by really getting students thinking--no fill in the blanks for THIS review! Check out what we did today to kick off our fraction studies.
One thing I love to do is to start off lessons with discussions... we start in discussion pairs and then share out key ideas with the entire class. These ... Read *the* Post

## Fraction Misconceptions

Although we did some dabbling in fractions earlier this year, we now did into the "meat" of our studies and I wanted to get a sense for where my students were with their basic fraction understanding. One problem I see in elementary math classrooms is our tendency to rely on quick and easy information--a pretest, a worksheet, an exit slip. The simple truth is, in order to really see HOW ... Read *the* Post

## Decomposing Fraction Fun!

Whether you teach from the Common Core or
other sets of rigorous standards, the ability to decompose or “break apart”
fractions and mixed numbers is key to strong “fraction sense” and the ability
to successfully add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers. I wanted to find a fun and challenging way for my students to practice the THINKING required to be efficient with this!
You may ... Read *the* Post