Fractions and Decimals
Fractions, number relationships, computation, statistics, probability, decimals, percentage, money, time, measurement
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.
The teachers who presented the program were not surprised at its success. They found the lessons to be well planned, easy to present, and motivational. Students were enthusiastic to attend the after school sessions, even though they were the very students who typically dreaded math class.
Lynn D. Wolf
Principal - Franklin Middle School