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Thursday, January 9, 2014

LEGO – Not Just for Playtime! - Helping your students tackle fractions.

Fractions always seem to trip up students. Things get murky when talking about different size “wholes” or when switching from thinking about the fractions of one whole to fractions of a set. The only way to combat fraction-mayhem is to provide students with a LOT of opportunities to experience fractions with tangible objects. Pattern blocks are a popular fraction manipulative, but I like LEGO even more. (Pattern blocks can only be broken down into sixths when using the hexagon as one-whole. LEGO blocks have many more possibilities!)
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