Welcome to my math blog! The purpose of this blog is to help you stay informed about our learning and experiences that have taken place during our math class. I have also included links your child (and you) may want to use in order to supplement math learning in 5th grade.

## Monday, January 20, 2014

### Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions

We worked with Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions today.  We began by taking notes and making a foldable for our math journals.

First, we focused on Mixed Numbers to Improper Fractions.  To see our notes, please go to:  Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions.

I had found a visual on Mixed Numbers from The Mailbox Magazine:

I liked this little bit of help!  Anything that I can use to help my students remember the steps makes me happy!  In fact, I explained that changing a mixed number into an improper fraction was also like doing a somersault (you move your way around the fraction).

When we turned to improper fractions to mixed numbers, we did not have a fun little helper.   This time, I explained that this set of steps is more like a backflip (you flip from the denominator up into the numerator:  divide).

Once we had taken our notes, we used a "cootie catcher" which I found on Teachers Pay Teachers to practice changing mixed to improper and improper to mixed.  The download is from Runde's Room (one of my favorite blogs to follow).  I gave the students a second "cootie catcher" to use at home.  If you need help in figuring out how to fold it, watch this video:  Cootie Catcher - How To.

We will continue to practice our new skills tomorrow.

HOMEWORK:  Countdown 3.1