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dawnr1101
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fractions

Postby dawnr1101 » Fri Nov 30, 2007 9:18 am

Where can I find a good site on fractions for my 5th grader?

Mathmom
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Fractions

Postby Mathmom » Sun Dec 02, 2007 6:58 am

Hi Dawn,
Try "Ask Dr. Math" and "Math Cats" to start, and then search for fractions.

You'll find lots of help at both of these sites. They have lots of links, too.
Have fun! 8)

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fraction-related site

Postby Bob Hazen » Tue Dec 25, 2007 11:30 am

One of the best sites for working on and learning fractions is
[url=http://www.YourOwnKitchenInYourOwnHouseWithYourOwnKidsDoingBakingAndCookingAndMeasuringThreeFourthsCupOfSugarAndOneAndOneHalfCupsOfFlour.com[/url]www.YourOwnKitchenInYourOwnHouseWithYourOwnKidsDoingBakingAndCooking
AndMeasuringThreeFourthsCupOfSugarAndOneAndOneHalfCupsOfFlour.com[/url] - HELLO - obviously, the previous is not an actual web address!!!!!

But my point here is that baking in particular and cooking in general is a marvelous, meaningful, and memorable way for kids to work with fractions - this is truly "Math You Can Eat!!!"

One of the problems with working with abstract symbols like "3/4" and "2/3 + 1/2" and "3 x 1/8" is that the symbol manipulation is often so devoid of context. But measure out 3 separate 1/4 cups of sugar to see that it's the same volume as 3/4 cup of sugar, or adding 2/3 cup with 1/2 cup to see that it's the same as 1 and 1/6 cup - that's meaningful math, that's memorable math, that's math that has a high degree of context and motivation (especially if they get to eat what they're making).

Try doubling a favorite recipe and/or have your child figure out how much of each ingredient that will be required.

Hope this helps!

Bob Hazen


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