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WEEK THREE – Activity One; Word Problems, + a Note on Differentiation

Our first unit is a twin unit of Fractions (mostly visual) and Word problems. We begin working with both these topics very early in the year, so that we have all year to incorporate them into every unit.  We find that word problems are an excellent way to teach fractions, too. Our next two units …

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WEEK TWO – Activity One – Capture the Fraction Circle

1. WARM UP –  The Fraction Template Project the fraction template below.  Click for pdf:  fraction template Photocopy it for students if at all possible. Our 5th graders keep one in their binder for weeks. Ask simply : “WHAT DO YOU SEE? You can’t give a wrong answer – whatever you see is true.” Early …

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WEEK ONE – Activity One – A Logic Problem

Activities in the first couple weeks need to draw the children in. Even (especially!) those who think they dislike math. We avoid computation, instead looking for activities that involve ambiguity, head-scratching patterns, puzzles and stories. ACTIVITY ONE TEACHING LOGIC FIRST: (~15 minutes) A puzzle has the ability to pull children into the subject of math. …

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Our Goals in Teaching Math

THREE GUIDELINES FOR CHANGE 1. Concrete  −> Pictorial −> Abstract. This is perhaps Singapore’s greatest contribution to math pedagogy. Based on research that goes back over a hundred years (Dewey, Bruner, Piaget, Vygotsky, Montessori, and others), Singapore validated the strength of this approach by using it to achieve top scores internationally.