Following the division unit, students will study fractions. I'll begin that study with a review of what we've learned about so far this year including the following:
- base ten numeral system
- order of operations, multiplication, addition, division and subtraction of whole numbers and decimals including the many properties related to this.
- introductions to volume, metric measurement, coordinate grids, and volume (we'll go deeper with those topics later)
I'll bridge past learning with fraction learning by talking about how fractions are similar and different from whole numbers and decimals. Then we'll discuss why it's important to understand fractions and when we use fractions in our world. Later we'll move through fraction study including vocabulary, the many ways fractions "behave" and lots of varied practice including problem solving.
There's a lot to learn, discuss, explore, and practice in the fifth grade math curriculum. The learning helps students learn to think, problem solve, and use numbers, shapes, and measurement in multiple ways. I believe the study is worthwhile and the more I can foster study that is engaging and empowering, the better it will be.