My Boys' Teacher over at What Did We Do All Day just posted about fractions and asked for some samples.
|His chosen embellishments for this page|
include math signs and the number 3 ;)
He mounted this paper onto colored paper
and inserted into a 3 ring folder as a portfolio.
I went to pull my son's math folder... and found in our recent un-organization of our home... the folder is pretty much missing. I did find the folder Lego Boy started in the co-op with some of that year's sample work.
And he so graciously offered to create some samples on graph paper to show how he has written fractions on graph paper in the past. Unfortunately he did not go back to the basic-of-basics and instead did what "he" considers basic which is equivalency within operations. ;)
This is smaller graph paper than the first graph paper he used, but it hopefully still gets the idea across? There is no one right way...
But I did have an order of operations in fraction writing, not so much from any album but from what seemed to follow the child at the time:
- start him on blank paper - showing both ways in our culture for writing fractions (horizontal line and slanted line)
- then large large squared paper (each fraction in a square);
- then larger graph paper, with a number, then line, then number, then space - each in their own squares ---- in order to align numerators, denominators, fractions bars, equal signs, etc.
- regular graph paper, with the entire fraction written within a square - he can now write smaller AND this gets him ready for writing mixed number (whole numbers with a fractional portion). The whole number written big in the square and the fraction written within its own square.
- He can write them out on lined paper as well, but true to Montessori, we try to stick with graph paper for math work. The graph paper helps with organization, mathematical principles, drawing out samples in geometry and multiplication etc. --- it just FEEDS that MATHEMATICAL mind, where lined paper feeds the LANGUAGE of writing.
Montessori Fractions: Labels and Simple Operations
I did start another file for sample elementary level problems; I will fix it up and have it included in the elementary albums at Keys of the Universe - if you're in that course and don't see it up soon, please do bug me about it ;) I am good-natured about those sort of things ;)