Sunday, November 24, 2013

Fraction Strategies

Fractions can be really tricky for students, but it does not have to be this way.  Some of the best ways to help students not only remember the procedures for adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing fractions include using visual models and assisting students as they develop their own strategies for understanding math concepts.

With the number line strategy, students can act out multiplying 1/3 by three to better understand how repeated addition can be used to solve the math problem.

This number line is divided into fourths.  The format helps students gain a better understanding of mixed numbers.

The part-whole model helps students conceptualize the idea that a fraction is a part of a whole.  Students can then better understand why division is necessary in this specific math problem.

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