ERIC Number: ED348211
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Seeing Fractions: A Unit for the Upper Elementary Grades.
Corwin, Rebecca B.; And Others
"Seeing Fractions" is an instructional unit for teachers in California that was trial tested in about 30 classrooms, grades 4 through 6 with diverse student populations, and designed to help students become aware of the variety of ways in which fractions are commonly used. The Introduction includes an overview of fractions and what students will be expected to learn, a discussion of the teaching and learning theory of constructing mathematical models that is advocated in this unit, and a discussion of teaching techniques that indicate the use of manipulatives, small-group work, homework, parent communication, and the teacher's role in the classroom. The remainder of the unit is organized into five modules, each of which focuses on a different context for exploring fractions. Each module requires between five and seven class sessions, and includes the following components: an overview of the module; plans for each class session that break up each module into manageable segments with accompanying activities; teacher notes that draw on observations of students' strategies, approaches, difficulties, and confusions; and dialogue boxes that give examples of conversations in which students attempt to express their understanding of key mathematical ideas. The modules are: (1) Geometry with Fractions; (2) Rates--A Different Model; (3) Sharing Cookies; (4) Making and Using Fraction Strips; and (5) Using Fractions to Compare Data. The final section discusses assessment alternatives for the unit. Student worksheets in English and in Spanish are interpersed in the text. (MDH)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Concept Formation, Data Analysis, Elementary School Mathematics, Fractions, Geometry, Intermediate Grades, Learning Activities, Learning Modules, Manipulative Materials, Mathematical Models, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Materials, Small Group Instruction, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods, Worksheets
Bureau of Publications, Sales Unit, California Department of Education, P.O. Box 271, Sacramento, CA 95802-0271 ($7 plus sales tax for California residents).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.