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This is Year 1 (Introduction) of the Fractions curricula.
Year 1 of Fractions introduces fractions in a fun, understandable way by starting with what a child already know – a half. Fractions are discovered through a sequence of halving halves with a number of manipulatives — the circle, the number line, and the rods. Each section experiences fractions differently through sequencing (this includes counting,) sorting and comparing, finding equivalence, exploring addition and subtraction, and exploring multiplication and division. Like my other curricula, Fractions has a whole-child emphasis including activities with movement and art. Year 1 briefly touches on the four processes, usually through like-denominators.
There are 63 pages including an introduction section that goes over tips for teaching math, different mindsets that are useful, math manipulatives, games, and the reasoning and relationships behind why I chose to introduce fractions through halving. Following are sections of activities which include the interacting with circle-fractions, a physical timeline (sidewalk chalk line outside or with painters tape inside) to jump along, playing and working with Cuisenaire rods. An origami projects leads children through an colorful, interactive experience that reinforces what they have learned. The last section briefly covers practical application of fractions with money, music, and time. The appendix includes templates for the circle fractions as well as sample pages in a math journal to make your journey through fractions easy.
Supplies needed include:
- Cuisenaire rods
- Colored paper
- 100-block multiplication table
- Block crayons
- Colored pencils
- Stamp pads
- Sidewalk chalk
- Sketchpad or notebook (I suggest spiral bound. We use a Stratford’s 9 X 12 sketchbook.)
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