STANDARD: Understand a fraction a/b with a > 1 as a sum of fractions 1/b. Before you jump into teaching how to add, subtract, multiply or divide fractions, it’s best to take some time to be sure your students understand what a fraction is. Today’s lesson starts with four videos that explain what exactly IS a fraction. Would you…

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## Adding Fractions with Like Denominators

Now that you understand what a fraction is, what’s a numerator and what’s a denominator, you can start doing operations with fractions. The easiest place to start is in adding fractions with like denominators. Some people also call these ‘common denominators’. This video comes from our game, Fish Lake. You can get it here. In…

## Visualizing the Exact Fish Problem

Here’s an example to practice visualization of a math problem. This problem solving technique will help you understand any math problem in an easy way. Like the video? You’ll love the game. Get Fish Lake here. In Fish Lake, players practice with fractions while learning math problem-solving strategies. They’ll also be introduced to Native American…

## Time Rate Distance Problems : 10 minute lesson

Time-rate-distance problems are word problems that involve the distance an object will travel at a certain average rate for a given period of time. This type of problem drives many students crazy. That’s why we find it so helpful to have multiple examples. Okay, maybe this is a 15 or 20-minute lesson, but we didn’t…

## Visualize: Problem-solving video

Do you remembering first learning addition and subtraction? Did the teacher just give you numbers and sit you at a desk? If they did, I am so sorry. Most teachers first teach with a fancy tool we like to call visualizing. Did you ever use little bears to count, coins, or any small items to help…

## Mixed to Fraction Form

Mixed form to fraction form! In this video you’ll learn about the fraction and mixed forms for fractions, how to go from mixed to fraction form, and also get to practice with the examples that we have prepared for you.Check out this movie and more from our game Fish Lake. If you don’t know Fish…

## What is half? – Fractions video

One half means it’s fair Who doesn’t want life to be fair? Learning fractions? Start with the most basic – dividing a whole into two equal parts. Equal is the key point emphasized here. It’s not enough to be in two parts, you need two equal parts. Fractions are more than pizza I like this…

## When is a fraction the same as one?

When first learning fractions, I’ve found most students benefit from lots and lots of examples. It’s fine to teach rules and procedures, which I do, but I also try to show that rule applied in many different contexts. Watch this video for many examples of how N/N = 1 . Whether it is one trip,…

## Math Terms Video

Knowing your math terms is important. Students asked to find the quotient may not get the right answer not because of an inability to divide 28 by 4 but rather because they don’t know what the word ‘quotient’ means. This video goes over the terms for addition, subtraction and multiplication. This is a video can…

## Build A Model: Problem-solving video

There’s more than one way to solve a problem, which is why we have a whole series of videos teaching problem-solving. 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 box. After…