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This Quick Start guide includes lesson plans and reproducibles that will help you bring hands-on fraction learning to your class right away!

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Why Are Fractions So Challenging?

Few math topics cause more frustration for students and teachers than fraction operations. Part of the problem is that fractions don’t look or act like most numbers we deal with on a daily basis. To make matters worse, many adults don’t have a strong command of fractions. Ask ten adults to multiply one half by 3/4 and you might wonder whether fractions were even covered when we were in school.

To Build Fraction Fluency, Focus On Concepts, Not Tricks

With a hands-on approach to fractions, students develop conceptual understanding as they actively engage in their learning. Take advantage of techniques that have helped countless educators to guide their students in learning through inquiry.

Three Bridges Design for Learning balances differentiation with content coverage

This guide aligns with Bridge 3 of our 3-Bridges Design for Learning

Personalized learning has direct benefits for students but also supports growth within the other two bridges.


Content Coverage

A unique approach to traditional schooling using high-impact instructional strategies that allow the teacher to be more efficient.

Personalized Learning

Students progress toward grade-level standards at their own pace. Teachers reduce grading time and shift into the role of “guide by the side.”

Inquiry-Based Learning

By learning through exploration, each student gains something unique. IBL supports content mastery, problem solving, and social-emotional learning.


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