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# Teaching Operations of Fractions To Elementary Students

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Elementary school teachers are challenged with a logical presentation of operations on fractions to elementary school age students. Some strategies teach factor based short cuts first and then lead into general cases. Some start with the general cases first. I propose that the general techniques should be taught first with an emphasis on the proper pattern of the solution. The technique outlined in this solution has been successfully applied in a tutoring environment with many students who were struggling with operations on fractions.

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I would first explain that problems related to solving fractions have four levels of difficulty/understanding.

The first level is to understand an "all case" approach that works with any fraction.

The second level requires recognition of fractions that can use a short cut method which requires that the student applies the concept of factors.

The third level requires reducing the final answer to simplest form, which also requires the application of factors.

The fourth level involves solving problems of mixed numbers.

Then, I would return to level one and give the following explanation: