Fraction operations and Word Problems: 5 EASY STEPS

What are the chances of mixing Black bears, Yoda, fraction operations, and Word Problems?
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That is precisely what we’ve done! Watch the 13-minute lesson on bears and hibernation!

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You’re invited to join! As Amy, VP & math specialist, crafts a multi-layered math-apestry (math tapestry) of language, visuals, manipulatives, and sound instruction, to help us not fall asleep during this class!
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The honest reality is that word problems can be the catalyst for higher heart-rates and emotional hyperventilation. Yes, story problems can be the bane of every dyslexic’s mathematical existence, where our students feel…
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So, everyone calms down. Let’s take some deep breaths! In through the nose, out through the mouth.
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Just breath. That’s better. Is there a path out of the word problem pain? Of course, there is no silver bullet or spell. Yet, Amy, as a wizened Sage, guides with practical, observable, momentum-building steps:

  1. Estimate
  2. Build
  3. Distribute/Divide
  4. Check estimate
    Check answer via multiplication

As a specialist, Amy knows how to weave deconstruction, place value, visuals, and a gentle stance in less than 13 minutes, focusing on one story problem!

Sit at the feet of a fractional Yoda-like Elder,
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Click “Play” on the math lesson, and glean and harness the power of the force to solve your own story problems or problems with stories!

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MFM Authors

Matthew Lyda

Matthew Lyda

Multisensory Math Specialist

Matthew is a Blue Belt in Shotokan Karate, a happy husband, wilderness lover, drummer, and a voracious reader! He works with students one:one as well as in group classes.
Amy Anderson

Amy Anderson

Multisensory Math Specialist; VP of Grades 7-12

my is a certified teacher with a Masters in Educatioon and a Bachelor of Arts.  She enjoys photographing the Pacific Northwest landscapes, walking her dog, rock climbing and searching for humpback whales. She works with students one:one as well in group classes.