The class has been hard at work adding and subtracting fractions using pattern blocks to visually support and deepen their conceptual understanding before we jump into the paper pencil algorithms.
The first lesson was to create a rocket using the Pattern Block app. The children were asked to determine their denominator ( total blocks) and numerator ( # of specific block or part of the whole) and then add their like fractions to prove they had them all counted for and it equalled one whole. They were asked to prove it to me with a detailed picture and fraction sentence. You could have heard a pin drop as they worked hard using this app and solving this problem.
The children were surprised and excited to learn how many different solutions there were to the same rocket challenge. We listed all the different denominators as each child shared their answer using Apple TV.