I currently teach 5th grade math and have taught 7th grade math & Pre-Algebra. Proportional reasoning means looking for constant relationships between numbers. It is very important at the 5th grade level in understanding equivalent fractions. I have started using rate tables with my 5th graders to help them with multiplication and division. Looking for those relationships…such as 1/2 as much, 4 x as much, 10 x, 1/10 of…has helped them in their understanding of some of their math facts and working with larger numbers.
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