Years ago I read that it is brain-friendly to present two opposite or differing, but related concepts at the same time. That helps the brain learn. So today with colored pencils and pencils, I will guide students through an exercise of creating multiple fraction models to demonstrate the similarities and differences amongst fraction operations. Hopefully the model creation and coloring will help students to master their understanding of these operations and how they work with fractions. Guided learning like this is part of the overall math menu, a menu that includes hands-on exploration, guided learning/practice, assessments, writing, project/problem based work and more.