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Math Boot Camp: 4th and 5th Grade Fractions

Math

Area Models Adding, Subtracting, Dividing, and Multiplying "Fractions" Math.

In this five day series of lessons that will introduce Scholars on how to investigate the relationship between area models and the concept of adding subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions along with word problems.
BIlly Edward Bush B.A, M.Ed
386 total reviews for this teacher
59 reviews for this class
Completed by 269 learners
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60 minutes
per class
5x per week
over 1 week
12-17
year olds
1-18
learners per class
per learner - per class

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Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Students will use area models to develop an understanding of the concepts of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions as well as to find the product of two common fractions.  
I am a California certified teacher with multiple degrees and certifications  (B.A., M.Ed, Ed.D in Educational leadership, and ESOL) who has taught Middle school and Upper Elementary school for 15 years and I have been teaching mathematics to homeschoolers from grades k-12, both in-person and online for over 6 years.  I always wanted to be a teacher, and I am living the dream!  Also, I cater to students who struggle with or do not care for math. I say this because Algebra is critically important because it is often viewed as a gatekeeper to higher-level mathematics and it's a required course for virtually every postsecondary school program.  I have 6 basic reasons why I think offering this class is so important.  


1) Algebra is Faster And Better Than “Basic” Math
Just as multiplying two by twelve is faster than counting to 24 or adding 2 twelve times, algebra helps us solve problems more quickly and easily than we could otherwise. Algebra also opens up whole new areas of life problems, such as graphing curves that cannot be solved with only foundational math skills.

2) Algebra is Necessary to Master Statistics and Calculus

While learning one kind of math to learn more kinds of math may not be an immediately satisfying concept, statistics and calculus are used by many people in their jobs. For example, on my other side job as a research person for a local non-profit organization, I use statistics every day. I help departments identify ways to measure their success. In general, statistics are used in certain jobs within businesses, the media, health and wellness, politics, social sciences, and many other fields. Understanding statistics makes us wiser consumers of information and better employees and citizens.

Calculus helps us describe many complex processes, such as how the speed of an object changes over time. Scientists and engineers use calculus in research and in designing new technology, medical treatments, and consumer products. Learning calculus is a must for anyone interested in pursuing a career in science, medicine, computer modeling, or engineering.

3) Algebra May Be a Job Skill Later

A student may be confident they are not going into any career needing statistics or calculus, but many people change jobs and entire careers multiple times in their working life. Possessing a firm knowledge and understanding of algebra will make career-related changes smoother.

4) Algebra Can Be Useful in Life Outside of the Workplace

I have found algebra helpful in making financial decisions. For example, I use algebra every year to pick a health care plan for my family using two-variable equations to find the break-even point for each option. I have used it in choosing cell phone plans. I even used it when custom-ordering bookshelves for our home. 

5) Algebra Reinforces Logical Thinking

I would not use algebra as the only means of teaching logic. There are more direct and effective means of doing so, but it is a nice side-benefit that the two subject areas reinforce one another.

6) Algebra is Beautiful

The beauty of algebra is an optional benefit because one has to truly choose to enjoy it, but algebra provides us with a basic language to describe so many types of real-world phenomena from gravity to the population growth of rabbits. That five letters can be used to describe how an entire category of matter, namely ideal gases, behaves is amazing and beautiful in its simplicity.

There is also a beauty when we start with a complex-looking problem and combine and simplify over and over until we have one value for each variable. The process can be enjoyable and the result immensely satisfying.

Algebra is an important life skill worth understanding well. It moves us beyond basic math and prepares us for statistics and calculus. It is useful for many jobs some of which a student may enter as a second career. Algebra is useful around the house and in analyzing information in the news. It also reinforces logical thinking and is beautiful.

So, keep an open mind about why we learn algebra and look for ways to share its applications with students. Dispel the stigma that it is a boring list of rules and procedures to memorize. Instead, consider algebra as a gateway to exploring the world around us. Those are our top reasons why we learn algebra, and there are plenty more. 
Practice homework worksheets will be provided.
For this lesson, the following materials are needed Pencil Graph Paper (regular paper would do we well) Ruler Colored Pencil
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Students will be given a Summative Assessment assignment. The assessment is designed to reinforce the concept of multiplying fractions. If students struggle with the assignment, I will be made aware of misunderstandings, and shortcomings of the lesson taught. When "weak" areas are identified on the assignment, I can address during the next available class period and will have students take a short online practice on a fun and interactive website.
5 hours per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.

Teacher

BIlly Edward Bush B.A, M.Ed
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Lives in the United States
A+ Plus Teacher Brings Positive Energy To The Classroom
386 total reviews
1210 completed classes

About Me

I am currently a 7th and 8th grade Math and Science Middle School Teacher and truly love what I am doing. When it comes to teaching, I believe it is about developing strong relationships that tap into students' passions and provide relevancy to... 
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