## Using Visual Models to Compare Fractions

One way to teach students fractions is to have them write their own problems and give the answer. Next, have them solve and discuss each other’s problems. Play the Fish Lake game to get some ideas of fractions problems.

## Subtracting Fractions with Common Denominators

Subtracting fractions with common denominators can be made simple. Just tell your students to follow the two steps below. We’ve also included some powerpoint and PDF files with examples in English and Spanish. If you come to this site often, you know we LOVE examples for teaching math. 3 simple steps to subtracting fractions with

## Adding and Subtracting fractions with a Common Denominator: Multi-step problems

Students often struggle with multi-step problems for a lot of reasons. In my experience, the most common one is they stop too soon. For example, in the first lesson below, the student may add up the fractions of the rice gathered by each of the two sisters and stop there. However, the question asks, “How

## Making Camp Ojibwe: Multiplication Practice

Teaching multiplication is part of teaching number sense. If you teach math from grades 3 to 5, you are well aware of how essential it is that students learn multiplication and division basics. Of course, math shouldn’t be all about rote memorization. However, if you believe it is a waste of time for students to

## Converting a Fraction to Equal 1

Converting a fraction to equal 1 To follow up our lesson plans on introducing fractions and teaching equivalent fractions, we want to talk about converting fractions to a whole number. The simplest case to start converting to whole numbers is converting a fraction to equal 1 This presentation gives several examples of when a fraction

## Equivalent Fractions

Standards CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.NF.A.2Understand a fraction as a number on the number line; represent fractions on a number line diagram. CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.NF.A.3.BRecognize and generate simple equivalent fractions, e.g., 1/2 = 2/4, 4/6 = 2/3. Explain why the fractions are equivalent, e.g., by using a visual fraction model. Lesson Time 30 minutes  Technology Required Device with web-browser–Chromebook, laptop, or

## Introducing Fractions

Standards CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.NF.B.3Understand a fraction a/b with a > 1 as a sum of fractions 1/b. CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.NF.A.1Understand a fraction 1/b as the quantity formed by 1 part when a whole is partitioned into b equal parts; understand a fraction a/b as the quantity formed by a parts of size 1/b. Summary Before you jump into teaching how to add, subtract, multiply or divide

## Lesson: Time Rate Distance Problems

Standards Analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve real-world and mathematical problems. CCSS.Math.Content.7.EE.B.3Solve multi-step real-life and mathematical problems posed with positive and negative rational numbers in any form (whole numbers, fractions, and decimals), using tools strategically. Apply properties of operations to calculate with numbers in any form; convert between forms as appropriate; and assess

## Build a Model

Standard There’s more than one way to solve a problem, which is why we have a whole series of videos teaching problem-solving. Lesson One problem-solving strategy: build a model A model can be visual, as shown in this video. There’s also nothing wrong with a physical model, say, actually putting a dozen books in a