Fraction Talks And Math For Love

Recently, I teamed up with Math For Love to bring an idea for a scaled set of pattern blocks to life. The result was the creation of Upscale Pattern Blocks.

(You can read the origin story of this new set of pattern blocks here).

Dan Finkel (the founder of Math for Love) has created some Fraction Talk images that take advantage of the new, scaled pattern blocks and posted them in a free lesson on his website.

The images are also available on this site under the “Manipulatives” photo gallery.

Fraction War Cards from Carla Dawson

One of the earliest Fraction Talk ideas to come from the community of teachers that took up the idea was that of Fraction Talk War. As described in this earlier post, teachers began to use Fraction Talk squares in familiar game structures such as war to elicit student decision making. I have received numerous website replies and social media notifications from teachers who have used this idea with their learners. Initiatives like these are what makes online teaching communities so powerful: Somebody has an idea and we all can run with it in ways that fit our learners’ needs.

Enter Carla Dawson.

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