## Fractions and Decimals

### Fractions, number relationships, computation, statistics, probability, decimals, percentage, money, time, measurement

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Probability, percent, fractions and decimals are the four concepts taught and practiced in this theme. Students learn a variety of strategies to help them understand important fraction and decimal concepts. Using a different fractional models such as fraction strips, pattern blocks, and egg cartons, students learn to compute, predict and interpret parts of a whole. Participants develop benchmarks for fractions to compare and order them successfully. Also, students use computation skills to change improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice versa.

Extensive use of manipulatives punctuates the acquisition and practice of skills using alternate learning styles, including kinesthetic, spatial, and social learning. The concept of decimals is linked to fractions, using dollars and cents, and students learn how equivalent decimals make computing and comparing decimals much easier. In computation of decimals and percents, place value is emphasized with kinesthetic activities, in accordance with the multiple intelligence model of learning.

Students also investigate probability and practice expressing the likelihood of an event as a fraction. The concept of displaying a fraction as both a decimal and a percent further develops the knowledge of how to express a part of a whole. As always in Camelot Learning, strengthening and expanding mathematical vocabulary terms is key to ensuring student mastery.

## Math Curriculum

Implementing the Camelot Math program has been a pleasurable and rewarding experience, not only for me as the instructor, but for the students as well.