When I taught Algebra I, the thing that confused my students the most were fractions and decimals. I knew that if they only had a better understanding of fractions and decimals, the algebra part would have been a lot easier. I realized that not all teachers teach the meaning and the background of fractions and decimals. When I bumped down to teach sixth grade math, I was able to teach the mathematical understanding of these concepts and not just the “here’s what you do.”

I also find it most beneficial to allow students to discover the concepts and not just tell them. I give them the manipulatives, explain the manipulatives, and then have them discover the concept that I am proposing. Give students that little bit of time to think before you just jump in to “save them”.

The freebie I am attaching to this post is the first of a giant packet I am going to make that will include how I teach adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions and decimals. It will include the relationship between fractions, decimals, and percents as well as how to convert between the three. I will also include games, activities, and worksheets for each concept. I hope you find at least this first part helpful. Thanks for your support!

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