Division of Fractions with Cookies

Division of fractions may be one of the most abstract concepts in middle school math. Here is an approach to address the concept using a Google Jamboard (you can make a copy which allows you to edit it), which would be a foundation for the ensuing steps. I will preface this approach by stating the… Continue reading Division of Fractions with Cookies

Equal Parts of Fractions – Intro

The concept of fractions as some number of equal parts begins in 1st grade per the Common Core (image below). There are students who struggle with the idea of equal parts and this could undermine student work in subsequent topics. The activity cited in this post is designed to develop the concept of equal parts.… Continue reading Equal Parts of Fractions – Intro

Making Sense of Fractions – Regrouping with Mixed Numbers

It is easy to get caught up in the steps and rote memorization when working with fractions. The brain processes information more effectively when the information is meaningful. ADHD makes paying attention to rote memorization of steps even more challenging. Below is an excerpt of work I completed with a middle school student who has… Continue reading Making Sense of Fractions – Regrouping with Mixed Numbers

Lego Fractions

The photo below is courtesy of Robert Yu, Head of Lego Education China, as shared by Jonathan Rochelle, Director for Project Management at Google. The use of Legos shown here is a classic (and wicked clever) example of manipulatives. Before writing the actual fractions students can use drawings as shown below. The sequence of manipulatives,… Continue reading Lego Fractions

Sausage Fractions – Real Life Example

I have 3 kids and was cooking sausage for them. There were 5 sausage links available (below). How do I give each the same amount? Fractions! Each child gets a full sausage link. I then cut  the remaining 2 sausage links into 3 parts, 1 for each child. 1/3 of a link.   Each child… Continue reading Sausage Fractions – Real Life Example

Shopping is Dense with Math Tasks

I recently worked with a student on an online grocery shopping activity – finding ingredients for mac and cheese. We had the ingredients listed in a column on a Google Doc (allows both of us to edit the doc simultaneously) and then he cropped and pasted a photo of each ingredient (see photo below). The… Continue reading Shopping is Dense with Math Tasks

Online Floating Rulers to Measure Length

To help students learn how to measure with a ruler, I focus on minimizing the number of tic marks on the ruler at first. The image below shows an excerpt from a WORD document with a halves ruler that I use and an instructional strategy. It also contains a quarters and an eighths ruler that… Continue reading Online Floating Rulers to Measure Length

Fractional Units of Ruler – Instructional Strategy

The fractional units of a ruler and measuring fractional lengths can be tricky, especially for students with processing, working memory, or visual related disabilities. For the students I have helped, here is the approach I have used. I relate the fractional marks and counting them to walking across a set of stepping stones. This ties… Continue reading Fractional Units of Ruler – Instructional Strategy

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