The Curriculum of the Steiner School - Class 4

Notes and Lesson Plans

Fourth Grade Fractions
updated November 20, 2019


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Fractions
for Class 4

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Mathematical progression of skills for this year in the following area:

Jamie York - Fractions
"The goal in fourth grade is for the children to develop a sense for fractions -- to bring them to an understanding of what a fraction is." (page 63)

"It is not yet the goal to develop mastery of fraction skills -- much of this is done in fifth and sixth grade. Too much of an emphasis on procedural skills with fractions will likely overwhelm many of the students, make it harder for them to develop a sense for fractions, and leave them hating fractions." (page 65)

    fractions
    improper fractions
    mixed numbers
    equivalent fractions
    common denominators
    from the whole to the part and then from the part to the whole
    adding fractions
    subtracting fractions
    multiplying fractions (division of fractions should wait until fifth grade)


Montessori Materials:

Fractions Activity Set 1

    name cards
    recognizing fractions
    adding fractions with a common denominator
    subtracting fractions with a common denominator
    multiplying a fraction by a whole number
    dividing a fraction by a whole number without reducing (using skittles)
    dividing a fraction by a whole number with reducing (using skittles)

Fractions Activity Set 2

    name cards
    conversion of irreducible fractions into reducible fractions
    conversion of improper fractions into mixed numbers
    conversion of mixed numbers into improper fractions
    addition of mixed numbers without conversion
    addition of mixed numbers with conversion
    subtraction of mixed numbers without conversion
    subtraction of mixed numbers with conversion

Fractions Activity Set 3

    addition of fractions with different denominators

      addition with one conversion
      addition with two conversions
      addition with more conversions
      addition of mixed numbers with conversions

    subtraction of fractions with different denominators

      subtraction with conversion of the minuend
      subtraction with conversions of the minuend and the subtrahend
      subtraction of mixed numbers with conversions

    multiplication of fractions with different denominators

      fraction multiplied by an integer
      fraction multiplied by a fraction
      fraction multiplied by a mixed number

    division of fractions with different denominators

      an integer divided by a fraction
      a fraction divided by a fraction


Traditional Materials from TpT for practice / review / assessment:

I've moved this list to inside the blog post Skills Progression in Fractions


My blog posts from teaching this topic:



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