The primary benefit of a thoughtful mathematics curriculum is not the acquisition of micro-skills. Instead, it is the training of the mind to think, to ponder and weigh what we see, to hypothesize and revise. Too many adults, when faced with an important problem in life, lack the ability to consider the problem, break it down into its parts, surmise possible solutions and then test and revise those solutions.

Nowhere do we learn this skill better than in the math classroom.

Link to Blog post “Why Withhold the Fraction Algorithm?”

LESSONS

1. Cuisenaire Fractions #1

Cuisenaire rods are wonderful manipulatives! If you have some, they are excellent at teaching fractions. If not, there are several online sites that offer virtual versions of math manipulatives. This activity uses a “silent game” mode for part of the lesson.

Link to list of online manipulatives.

(Link to Puzzle Point instruction page)

4. Egyptian Math Practice

2. Cuisenaire Fractions #2

This lesson uses the “Alpha Beta Gamma” game format to begin the transfer of fraction addition from concrete to abstract.

3. Egyptian Math Intro

An introduction to the Egyptian number system, in preparation for an Egyptian fraction lesson. Includes a “puzzling” game.

5. More Egyptian Math Practice

Instructions for Review Game

6. Digital websites for Practicing with Fractions->

Quiz #2 – What about Assessment?