Fractions for Third Grade

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This year my students are a little challenging but that is ok. I always find different strategies to teach them. I am always looking for resources and modifying then to their needs. I am strong believer that all students can learn when you are challenging them and working at their level as well as moving the students forward. I know that teaching is and can be challenging but when I see my students engage during the lesson and understanding a topic I think is worth it.

In the month of February we started on our unit on Fractions. The common errors or misconceptions that I saw with my students was that a few of them were not able to show me different possible ways on partitioning a whole into different ways because they were lacking the concept of symmetry. We are still working on that and I am incorporating art so they can be able to draw.

I do a lot of hands on activities with my students and I use a lot of modeling and guiding with my students. Also, the students are in groups and most of the help each other. In addition, we are also working on evaluating and criticizing each other work. I pick my students strategically and then I will ask do agree or disagree with her and why. They have to tell me why. Also, we are learning to self correct our work. The first thing I did was I model and guide them through the process step by step and I would do a lot of think alouds.

I am also teaching my students to look for key words when we are working on word problems. I also use this graphic organizer with them.

key words:  what is the problem asking you to do?
 what is given to you?  Plan: How are you going to solve the problem

Show me and explain step by step

This graphic organizer has helped the students on analyzing as well as solving the word problem.

This are some resources for the unit on fractions:

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