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Fractions Lesson… Argh!

After recently delivering a disastrous split-grade (4/5) lesson on ordering and comparing fractions, I decided I needed a little extra help.  It wasn’t so much the lack of time to prepare, or that I was filling in for another teacher.  Nor was it the range of abilities in the class.  It was mainly the materials and manipulative’s available combined with some questionable directions and vocabulary in the supporting text, Math Makes Sense.  Don’t get me wrong I like Math Makes Sense and I use it regularly.  I’ve come to terms with it limitations and I typically adapt and supplement when needed.  If I had the following documents below at the time of teaching the lesson I’m sure it would have run a little smoother.  Hope they help should you choose to use them:

Useful blackline masters when teaching fractions: