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 MissAgnes Joined: Apr 2016 Posts: 927 Senior Member
MissAgnes

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Can I cry?
02-08-2019, 11:17 AM
 #1

Just spent a week and a half teaching fraction equivalence and comparison. Gave the students a quiz today. Let them use multiplication tables, interactive notebooks, etc.
They all failed. Some missed every single question, and it was obvious they had no idea what to do. These kids do the work! What's going on?
I'm starting over on MOnday and reteaching.

 TAOEP Joined: Feb 2017 Posts: 1,007 Senior Member
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02-08-2019, 11:57 AM
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Very disappointing.

When you do your reaching, can you use some real objects? Cut a square in half. Cut another square the same size into 4 pieces. One half and 2 quarters are the same.

Give them squares and scissors to figure out problems.

And commercially available fraction bars.

Hope Monday is a better day.

 Lakeside Joined: Oct 2009 Posts: 4,869 Senior Member
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Legos
02-08-2019, 01:36 PM
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So sorry!!

It's really frustrating when you think they've got something and they lose it that fast.

I'll add Legos to the list of good manipulatives for comparing fractions. Having encountered situations like "if I need an eight long, I can use 2 fours or 4 twos" seems to help them understand. - There have always been kids who struggled with fractions, but I think it's gotten worse as typical play has changed.

 MissAgnes Joined: Apr 2016 Posts: 927 Senior Member
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Definitely manipulatives.
02-08-2019, 02:18 PM
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I ususally use manipulatives in teaching. I start with maniupulatives, move to visuals (models, pictures), then on to digits. This time because of testing and other events, I did not. Which just goes to show how effective they are in teaching.
On Monday I will start over, and teach the way I usually do. I should know better by now that shortcuts don't work. At least this way I know that with reteaching I covered the concepts!

 kidsrterrific Joined: Nov 2012 Posts: 889 Senior Member
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02-08-2019, 03:59 PM
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The twenty years I taught fourth grade, long division had students crying. However, the hardest thing all year in math was comparing fractions. And, yes, we had all the physical manipulatives, used manipulations on the SmartBoard, etc.

I feel for you. Just start over and hopefully the students will understand the second time around.

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