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  • Lisamarie Barnes

    July 13, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    When I taught 5th grade math, I spent one day teaching students how to convert mixed numbers and improper fraction. Due to time constraints, I went strait for abstract thinking. The next day we moved onto applying this when adding fractions (LCM and GCF were also in the mix). In hindsight, I should have pivoted or even backtracked by helping students gain conceptual understanding of how/why converting mixed numbers and improper fractions help can help us solve more complex problems.

    ****Pivot Lesson: How would you represent a number greater than one using colored tiles?**** By using manipulatives, the progression to abstraction would have been organic.