Friday, October 18, 2013

Going Deeper with Fractions

Going Deeper with Fractions

The new Common Core Standards is really for students to go deeper in content knowledge, think critically, and think about math concepts flexibly.  What does it mean to think about math concepts flexibly?  This means to go in-depth to understand a math concept from different angles.  Some students are skilled at memorizing a specific format of math problems.  

The problem is that if this same student encounters a different type of math problem on assessment day or in class, this student is stumped.  This chart shows different ways of understanding fractions.  I designed this to help the students that I work with see fractions from different angles.
Another idea is to have students create their own word problems.  The constant review of writing these problems deepens understanding.

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