Let’s face it, one of the most used real-life math concepts in Fourth Grade and Fifth Grade is converting fractions decimals, and percents. Whether it be figuring out a grade on a test, a sale price of an item, or a tip on a restaurant bill…percentages are all around us. But, when students comprehend the true meaning and connection between fractions, decimals, and percentages with ease and accuracy, they are more willing to try higher math concepts because they have confidence in the basic foundation.
Here are 3 ways to Understand and Master Converting Fractions, Decimals, and Percents
1. Anchor Charts
2. Using Videos and Songs
3. Observing Patterns using Charts
Anchor Charts can be wonderful informative visuals.
Used as a classroom poster on the wall or individually in a student math reference folder, visuals can be beneficial in memory retention. Because of this, anchor Charts can be very powerful in helping students grasp math concepts.
Giving students the opportunity to design their own visual aids can foster personalized learning ownership and accountability. And, my students love the opportunity to grab a few Mr. Sketch Smelly Markers, a colorful piece of paper, and a few minutes to dream up their own helpful anchor charts too! Visuals ROCK! (Take it from someone who needs to see everything written down to learn and remember the material)
Using Youtube Videos and Songs
Catchy Songs, Raps and Read Alouds continue to captivate my students. So if I can find a few to review our math concepts, I find that many of the children grasp a better understanding of the topic.
One of my “go-to” Youtube channels is Numberock. Their mathematical songs and raps are fun and I find the class and I love singing along with them (especially if they are set to reggae)
Reading “Fractions, Decimals and Percents” by David A. Adler incorporates the concept into real-world examples. But if you don’t have this book, here is a great read-aloud of the story below by Ms. Sar’s Read Aloud YOUTUBE Page.
As I tell my students, once you figure out the pattern in math you are GOLDEN! And yes…I am known to sing the chorus of the Harry Styles song when someone achieves an “Aha” moment in math class..
Looking at how numbers are connected and taking the extra time to observe and recognize number patterns helps students to understand mathematical relationships. So, I find when numbers are put on a chart or graph, it is easier to see correlations and make predictions about what could follow next.
Supporting your Fourth Grade or Fifth Grade students to understand converting fractions, decimals and percents can be a challenge. But, it’s an important practice they need to master to be ready for higher math.
Therefore, if you are noticing your students struggling with fractions, decimals, and percentages, this packet is the perfect practice to use as reinforcement, review, or even enrichment. Just print and go!
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