Grades 3-5: Develop Fraction Understanding and Fluency Through Tasks and Discussions
Fractions are the beginning of a progression of knowledge that extends into Middle and High School. It can be a weak link in math understanding, but it is crucial to success in Alge bra and higher math. Students who have difficulties with fractions seem to operate on symbols without sufficient experience with concrete objects or events. With this in mind, we have put together a four-day progression designed for teachers to help students build a concrete basis for their thinking about fractions and their operations.
Each session will focus on a sequence of tasks that can be used to develop key concepts in fractions and equivalence. Instruction will model how to facilitate the tasks in the class room and use class interactions for greater student engage ment and deeper understanding. A variety of models will be used during the four sessions and fall into three basic groups: area models, linear models, and group or set models.
Woven throughout each session will be discussions around:
How to choose and sequence tasks for student learning,
Using questioning strategies to develop greater understanding, and
How to modify and extend tasks for greater engagement and fluency.
Session 1: Feb. 18, 2017 - Adding & Subtracting Fractions
This session will explore fraction equivalence, adding, and subtracting of fractions. Participants will use pattern blocks, number lines, and tangrams.
Session 2: Mar. 11, 2017 - Multiplying & Dividing Fractions
Participants in this session will explore multiplication and division of fractions. Participants will use egg carton and geometric area models to do so.
Session 3: Apr. 8, 2017 - Fraction & Decimal Relationships
At this session participants will explore fraction and decimal relationships using clock, circle and, base 10 models.
Richard Thiessen Conference Center
AIMS Center for Math and Science Education
1595 S Chestnut Ave, Fresno CA 93702
If registering as an individual, scroll down and purchase a workshop from the listed items. If you wish to reserve space for multiple people or to use a Purchase Order as form of payment use the link directly above.
Attendance at all 3 sessions qualifies for 1 optional professional development unit through Fresno Pacific University. Registration for units will be available on Feb. 4 only. Participants can register for one, two, three, or all four of the sessions. Participants will leave with 8-10 tasks per session.
Workshop registration is transferrable, but there will be no refunds for cancellations.
AIMS Facilitator Heather Unger
Heather has been an educator for 28 years. She has been a classroom teacher, district math coach, an ELD consultant, an administrator, and is currently a curriculum and instruction coach at an elementary school in Madera. She loves working with both children and adults, especially in the area of math.
With the use of AIMS math tasks, this session will explore fraction equivalence, adding, and subtracting of fractions. Participants will use the following Fraction models to do so: Pattern Blocks, Number Lines, and Tangrams.