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# Touching and Feeling Fractions

To internalize the concept of fractions, it helps if activities revolve around hands-on manipulatives. The concept of part to whole internalizes, but all the forms it comes in does not always. Also be aware a student must be able to visualize what the whole is.
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Touching and Feeling Fractions
• Math Salamanders says:
"Math Salamanders Free Math Sheets" Welcome to the Math Salamanders Unit Fractions Information cards. Here you will find a selection of free printable fraction information cards that will help your child learn their Fraction facts and their percent and decimal equivalences for fraction where the numerator is one.
• Mary Page says:
Awesome game and one of the favorites of my intermediate at-risk students. The card has all the answers on it. The searching with the eyes and matching what is called out strengthens reading as well as math. It is good preparation for paper work since fractions are in text, in picture, and number form. Students ask for the game over and over again making it a grand center activity.
• Mary Page says:
Intermediate students need much time sorting, classifying and matching fractions by number, word, and picture. Domino game is a quick easy way to do that. Much better than a worksheet since it is interactive and adding a discussion while playing helps internalize math vocabulary.I like to use different colored dominoes since some students brain wiring increases learning when tied to a color. at-risk students enjoy color.
• Mary Page says:
A common problem in American teaching is not showing a variety of models of math concepts such as the bar model. When the state test comes, the student encounters a graphic they are not familiar with or have not been taught a thinking approach to handle. An unfamiliar graphic does not show what they really know. Part of the problem is resources, part of the problem is too many concepts to cover in a year, and part of the problem is time.
• Mary Page says:
This lesson has a way to create construction paper strips and also card games. It has measurements so the bars fit together precisely which is important for this manipulative tool and why it is recommended it be bought rather than made. Educational stores often have cut outs to create fraction bars from foam easily.
• Mary Page says:
Young students need to touch and feel fractions. Fraction puzzles give a scaffolded approach to fractions. This creates muscle memory and a visual picture in students minds. Then when fraction vocabulary is added a student can easily attach it to picture knowledge giving their fraction knowledge depth.
• Mary Page says:
Smartboards were just coming into the school system and were an experiment on one campus. Once trained, Smartboards make for student interaction which is a major part of the standards. Anytime you can get students to interact as a group in front of a classroom you increase learning and retention. Fractions are visual and are a good standard to do this with. Make the student a teacher on a problem and the other kids pay attention.
• Mary Page says:
At-risk students often need hands-on manipulation before computer work. Along with fraction circles, you need a sheet labeling what whole, what half, what fourth, and what eighth looks like visually.You literally place the pieces in the circle and label. It creates schema in their mind. Then take the sheet away. Have students trace it and label. Then to the computer for abstract work.
• Mary Page says:
You can make fractions circles out of foam which work. Educational stores often have the cut outs to create fraction circles easily. This resource includes pictures you can use to make fraction circles.
• Mary Page says:
This is one of the best games for teaching fractions to at-risk students. Most students like pizza and it is something common in their lives. When you ask an at-risk student if they want a half a pizza or an eighth of a pizza they almost always say an eighth. When you show the pieces the student revises their schema immediately. I used the game extensively and it taught fractions much better than any worksheet out there. Students were no longer afraid of fractions.
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