Decomposing Fractions

We have begun our fractions unit, and one of the first skills we are learning about is how to decompose a fraction.  Until recently, “decompose” was a word that I applied to science–not math!  “Decompose” means to break down or break apart into smaller parts, and I’ve learned that we can apply that word in math, too!  Parents–we did learn this in school, BUT–we just didn’t use the same vocabulary.  Below are a couple of sites that provide the students with practice decomposing fractions.  The Khan Academy site also has a video included on the right side in case the students (or the parents) want to know more about the skill.  🙂  Just click on the picture and that will take you directly to the practice.

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Math Fact Practice

Our class has started a new way to get better at our basic addition and subtraction facts. We will be incorporating a web-based computer program called XtraMath. It’s a fast and FREE way for your child to be practicing at school and at home as well. I know many of you have expressed concern over helping your child in this area. Please be sure to look at the flyer coming home today in your child’s take-home folder and take a moment to watch the informative video below to see how you can help. Together, we will get your child to be quicker and more successful with their math facts! (I have included a link to Xtra Math on the right sidebar of this blog.)

XtraMath Student Introduction from XtraMath on Vimeo.