Aligned with the Common Core Standards, they are now focusing on working with fraction — search drawing upon a different PowerUp Math Lesson in Action.
- Caroline: Interacting with Peers: Talking about Fractions
- Arayle: Mixed Numbers
- Michael: Fractions Assessment
Let’s follow their discussion over the next three weeks as they gather around a large screen monitor displaying PowerUp.
Meeting Week 1
Caroline reviewed the lesson by a 4th grade teacher who was using a virtual manipulative from the National Library of Virtual Manipulates (NLVM) to help students add fractions with like denominators.
They like what they see. Caroline decides, “I’m going to integrate a virtual manipulative into instruction next week. What about you?”
Everyone agrees it’s a good idea.
Meeting Week 2
“So how did go using virtual manipulatives?” asks Arayle. All three teachers report that their students were highly engaged and were able to grasp the key concepts. Michael then shares other valuable PowerUp resources on fractions:
- Web tools for teaching beginning fractions
- Our Top Picks: Apps for Fractions
- Focus on Fractions: Finding Tech to Meet Student Needs
Before the meeting ends, Caroline and Arayle each select apps to try in their classroom. Michael decides to use an online tool on multiplying fractions he found in Focus on Fractions: Finding Tech to Meet Student Needs blog post on PowerUp.
Meeting Week 3
Caroline starts the meeting, “My students were immediately excited and engaged with the Oh No Fractions!, app. A few of the kids have been struggling grasping the concept of the relationship between fractions. Presenting it as a simple, visual based tool was very helpful.”
Arayle adds, “Math Blaster HyperBlast 2 is awesome! The kids loved the strategy games.”
Michael encourages others to use the formative assessment tool. “There are a number of samples assessments and related resources available on PowerUp to help plan the formative assessment.”