Powerful Whole Brain Learning

# DEVELOPING FRACTIONS SENSE® 3 & 4

This full-day workshop provides strategies for teaching the grades 3 and 4 Common Core fractions standards

Using fraction blocks and other visual models, students develop a deep conceptual understanding of fractions.

"This workshop is absolutely essential for any elementary teacher who teaches 3rd - 6th grade math. It provides foundational concepts to truly understand fractions." -Workshop Participant

Sample Problems

• On a number line, locate the numbers 3/4, 7/4, 3/1 and 5/5.
• Use the fraction blocks to find the missing number: 5/2 = ?/6.
• Use a benchmark fraction to determine which is greater: 2/5 or 4/7.
• Use a 3 by 4 rectangular grid to determine which is greater: 3/4 or 2/3.
• Decompose 1 2/3 into a sum of fractions in two different ways.
• If 2/3 of a cup of flour is needed to bake one cake, how much flour is needed to bake 4 cakes?
• A rectangle is 6 feet long and has a perimeter of 20 1/3 feet. What is its length?

Participants at this workshop will learn:

• The importance of concretely and pictorially introducing all concepts related to fractions
• Why working with unit fractions is the key to all work with fractions
• How working with fraction blocks (e.g., pattern blocks) dramatically simplifies the teaching of fractions
• The importance of specifying what is the whole in any given fractions problem
• How the concepts of "partitioning" and "copies" helps in understanding fractions
• Strategies for locating line segments and points on a number line
• An easy way to help students avoid adding the denominators when adding fractions
• Fluently adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator
• A clear way to explain, illustrate and generate equivalent fractions symbolically
• How to use benchmark fractions to compare fractions
• A simple way to understand multiplication of a fraction by a whole number

Locating 5/5 on a number line partitioned into fourths.

Solving an equivalence problem using fraction blocks

Class sets of materials are available for implementing the grade 3 and 4 fractions standards. Each class set includes a copy of the Developing Fractions Sense Student Workbook A or B, and a set of fraction blocks for each student, as well as the Instructional Guide and Answer Key for the teacher.

Developing Fractions Sense B Class Set (4th Grade)

To bring this training to your district: To bring the combined full-day Developing Fractions Sense Workshop for grades 3 and 4, please write to us at info@borenson.com or call 800-993-6284.

Note: The Developing Fractions Sense workshop for grade 4 is also available as a full-day workshop.

Click here for information on the Developing Fractions Sense 5 workshop. This workshop is also available in both half-day and full-day format."Developing Fractions Sense" is a registered trademark of Borenson and Associates, Inc.

Developing Fractions Sense(R) is a registered trademark of Borenson and Associates, inc.

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