Posted on September 20, 2011. Filed under: Elementary math, Multiple Intelligences | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Here is a song for teaching dividing fractions.

How does this add to our teaching?  How does putting this in our toolkit tap into spaces that digital learners inhabit?  This is simply a song that serves as a mnemonic device to the procedure.  You must make certain that along with things such as this that you teach students conceptually what they are doing.  Students should be given real contexts of dividing fractions and have to represent their thinking and explain it.  Along with that, then this type of song is an additional aspect of teaching and learning about dividing fractions. Remember to always make space for guided conversations in small guided math groups so that you can hear and see what individual students are doing!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki


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It’s a very clever YouTube – the “Whip It” tune takes me wayyyyy back.

I’ve been teaching students the common denominator way of dividing fractions because it is a method they can represent visually. This year, I plan to spend more time on reciprocals prior to the unit on division of fractions.

I’d just want to make sure students know why “flipping” works – so that the division of fractions goes beyond procedural algorithms. It’s such a tough concept for my 10-year-olds.

Janet |

Hi Dr. Nicki,
We need to hook our students in different ways. Teachers can do 10 problems in class, but this song will help students remember and keep a visual in their mind of how to dividde fractions. This is a teaching tool which can be effective with auditory and visual learners.
Great video!

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