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# Conceptua Math Fractions Tools Overview

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Conceptua Math provides online tools for fractions instruction. Various interactive models build the path from math concepts to procedures and higher order thinking. The tools include fraction bars, circles, number lines, pattern blocks and estimating tools. The tools are ideal for whole-class instruction on an interactive whiteboard.

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• This presentation will provides a general introduction to the Conceptua Math website and the design features of the free fraction tools by Conceptua Math. It is important to note that these tools are free and will remain free.
• According to the Final Report of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel (2008), understanding fractions is a “foundation skill essential to success with algebra” (3). The report also states that completion of Algebra II correlates highly with future academic success as well as earning potential.
• The Tools help students to develop fraction sense which is a fluidity and flexibility with rational numbers Understanding of what a whole is Understanding relationships between parts and wholes Understand that different representations can be used to show a fraction Understand that a fraction is a number that represents a quantity
• The focus of the Conceptua Math team is on improving instruction in mathematics, specifically in the area of fractions. As part of our mission, we’ve created a site with free tools that teachers and parents can use to help model fractions concepts and link them to procedures. Our site has sample lesson plans, alignment to NCTM standards, and sample IEP goals. The tools include fraction circles, horizontal and vertical bars, number lines, etc., all organized into critical skill areas such as identifying fractions, adding and subtracting, estimating, finding common denominators and more. There are three distinct components of the Conceptua Math Website. The first, Free Tools for Teachers is what will be demonstrated during this workshop, the second is a premium subscription of student independent activities coming in the fall and the third is a community which provides teachers with further information on research, best practice, access to experts and updates on new tools and features. Briefly, the purpose of the site is to.. Support Elementary and middle school students in learning fractions Support teachers in teaching fractions in a meaningful, enjoyable and successful Instructional format Support and focus on the Teacher/Student interactions Create a Learning Community that is a Destination for Fractions instruction that support ongoing learning and instructional materials
• Tools work with interactive white boards. Teacher can choose the models to work with or use multiple models Teacher can systematically begin with models only and move to numbers only
• The free tools for whole-class instruction build the path from concepts to procedures and higher order thinking. Tools include fraction circles, horizontal and vertical bars, area model, dots (discrete), number line, benchmark fractions, unitizing with pattern blocks and more.  The tools are organized into these two groups. Teaching a CRA (concepts to procedures) format is research based and helps students develop and understanding of fraction procedures prior to learning the “rules” for working with fractions. It brings meaning to the “rules”. Critical thinking tools are build a more flexible understanding of fractions as students apply what they have learned and think critically about fractions.
• Additional discussions and ongoing support is also available on the Community site. We provide documents from presentations conducted at national and local conferences by the Conceptua Math team and math experts.
• Please modify this screen to match closely with your specific training session.
• ### Conceptua Math Fractions Tools Overview

1. 1. NEW! Powerful, FREE online math tool to teach fractions! Conceptua TM Math
2. 2. Students Struggle with Fractions <ul><li>“ Difficulty with fractions (including decimals and percents) is pervasive and is a major obstacle to further progress in mathematics, including algebra” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(National Math Advisory Panel, 2008, p. xix) . </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>Free Teacher Tools by Conceptua Math: Product Overview
3. 3. Students Need to Develop Fraction Sense Free Teacher Tools by Conceptua Math: Product Overview
4. 4. The Conceptua Math TM Approach <ul><li>Develop conceptual understanding through the use of models </li></ul><ul><li>Link models to numbers to help students make connections </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher designs instruction and instructional sequence </li></ul><ul><li>Moves beyond one right answer to incorporating higher-order thinking </li></ul>Free Teacher Tools by Conceptua Math: Product Overview
5. 5. Conceptua Math Provides Free Teacher Tools by Conceptua Math: Product Overview Free Tools For Teachers Premium Tools For Students Community Sharing and Support
6. 6. The Free Tools Provide <ul><ul><li>A format for direct instruction and modeling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A format for interactive guided practice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engaging models that promote discussion and critical thinking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A format that promotes teacher/student discourse </li></ul></ul>Free Teacher Tools by Conceptua Math: Product Overview
7. 7. Overview of the Teacher Tools <ul><li>Conceptual to procedural formats </li></ul><ul><li>Critical thinking activities </li></ul>Free Teacher Tools by Conceptua Math: Product Overview
8. 8. Support for Teachers <ul><li>Instructional Video </li></ul><ul><li>Sample problems </li></ul><ul><li>Sample lesson plans </li></ul><ul><li>Links to standards </li></ul><ul><li>IEP goals </li></ul><ul><li>Additional pages with training and support materials </li></ul>Free Teacher Tools by Conceptua Math: Product Overview
9. 9. The Community <ul><li>Exchange ideas about fractions instruction with teachers and experts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Videos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Forums </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul></ul>Free Teacher Tools by Conceptua Math: Product Overview Page
10. 10. Learning Outcomes <ul><li>Participants will learn </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the features of the free tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>how the use of multiple models can help students build a flexible understanding of fractions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>how to integrate the free tools into the curricula including where it fits in the scope and sequence. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>how to use the free tools from Conceptua Math to make math accessible and meaningful for students with a wide range of abilities. </li></ul></ul>Free Teacher Tools by Conceptua Math: Product Overview
11. 11. NEW! Powerful, FREE online math tool to teach fractions! www.conceptuamath.com [email_address]