My students need fraction cubes so they can learning about comparing fractions, ordering fractions, adding fractions, subtracting fractions and making equivalent fractions.
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I teach a group of inspirational fourth graders. Our school is a charter school with many low-income families. One of our school's core values is: "Doing extra makes a difference." Each student lives up to this in their own special way. We focus on doing extra in and out of our classroom.
There are days where we get overwhelmed and stressed out because there is so much to learn!
We often listen to music to help calm down. Some days we even do yoga and meditation.
We are on a roll this year and I want to keep the momentum going! The end of the year is rapidly approaching and our kids are hurrying to master the final few math concepts before test time.
I am sure every student remembers dreading fractions. They are just so darn hard to comprehend! Especially for nine and ten year old students. Fortunately there are concrete tools that can help make the job easier. Every year my kids are super jealous of the few fraction blocks that I have to use as examples. During the unit I try to share them with as many kids as possible, but three sets just aren't enough for 30 kids! My students need fraction cubes and magnetic foam fraction tiles.
I have noticed that when students use our shared fractions cubes their work dramatically improves because they are more motivated and the cubes make fractions easier to understand.
They love having hands on tools that are easy to manipulate. If I could provide a set for each kid to use I would see that spark for learning fractions every day with every student (I hope!). Later in the year we deal with mixed fractions and improper fractions so they will be able to share and combine kits to better understand these more difficult concepts.
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