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 will be place value, patterns and multiplication, after which we will return to fractions in more depth.

This introduction to 5^{th} grade word problems starts at the concrete, as it should.

Procedure:

__PROBLEM ONE__

- Pass out a handful of rainbow cubes (smallest base-10 blocks) or similar per child.
- Have each child count out 11 blocks, and set the others aside.
- Project or write up Problem 1.

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