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Karen Leff

Joined: 03 Jun 2003
Posts: 33
Location: Fort Wayne

 Posted: Mon Apr 18, 2005 6:37 pm    Post subject: Grade 3 Fraction Unit Chapter 8 EM In case anyone else out there feels there has not been enough info in this particular chapter to adequately assess, here is a tip. Today I taught Lesson 9.3 Exploration C lesson. I made myself a huge note in Chap. 8 for next year to pull this lesson out before I give the Unit Written Assessment. There were no secure skills on this unit test and therefore my children did very poorly on it. Then I come to this exploration about fractions that would have really helped them on their test and it is too late for this year. I also would have added some secure skills to the test to help encourage those kids who majorly struggle with fractions. Karen
Tonia Harris

Joined: 03 Jun 2003
Posts: 13
Location: East Chicago

 Posted: Fri May 20, 2005 1:15 pm    Post subject: I read Ms. Leff's post about grade three, unit 8. My class had a rough time with the assessment, also. Since then, I have tried to continue reviewing the concepts through short problems when the students first walk into the room. I use the pre-cut shapes from the teacher store and cut them into fractions. For some problems, I'll post them randomly on the board and ask how many ___'s there are. There are also times when I stick a bunch on the board and ask children to convert the bunch into a mixed number. For example, I cut a pre-cut apple into fourths and placed a bunch on the board. I allowed volunteers to put the "puzzle" together to determine the mixed number. They were able to see that, by putting four fourths together, they formed a whole apple. This has helped some and I hope that the review that I have continued to provide in the mornings will stick with my students. Hopefully, this idea will help if you are still trying to review this concept.
Karen Leff

Joined: 03 Jun 2003
Posts: 33
Location: Fort Wayne

 Posted: Fri May 20, 2005 6:30 pm    Post subject: thanks Tonia Thanks for a great idea Tonia, to reinforce the fractions. I like using the cheap cut outs. We even have a die cut machine in our building I can use. Thanks for sharing. Karen
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