Contexts for Learning Mathematics, Level 3 by Catherine Twomey Fosnot - Heinemann Publishing
Contexts for Learning Mathematics, Level 3

Contexts for Learning Mathematics, Level 3

By Catherine Twomey Fosnot

The new Contexts for Learning Mathematics series by Catherine Fosnot and colleagues from Mathematics in the City and the Freudenthal Institute uses carefully crafted math situations to foster a deep conceptual understanding of essential mathematical ideas, strategies, and models. 

Investigating Fractions, Decimals, and Percents (Grades 4–6) is the third level in the Contexts for Learning Mathematics series. In this package five classroom-tested units examine fundamental topics such as equivalence of fractions, operations with fractions, proportional reasoning, rates, the ordering of decimals. ...

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The new Contexts for Learning Mathematics series by Catherine Fosnot and colleagues from Mathematics in the City and the Freudenthal Institute uses carefully crafted math situations to foster a deep conceptual understanding of essential mathematical ideas, strategies, and models. 

Investigating Fractions, Decimals, and Percents (Grades 4–6) is the third level in the Contexts for Learning Mathematics series. In this package five classroom-tested units examine fundamental topics such as equivalence of fractions, operations with fractions, proportional reasoning, rates, the ordering of decimals. 16 posters (15” x 24”) use rich imaginable contexts—realistic and fictional—to set the stage for learning. A resource guide containing strings of related minilessons support instruction throughout the year and is ideal for differentiating instruction. An overview book and CDROM provides professional support with print and video resources for your math workshop.

The series’ 18 classroom-tested units are organized into three age-appropriate packages.

Whether used as supplemental units or as replacement units, Contexts for Learning Mathematics provides you with the tools you need to engage all of your students in the study of mathematics. tools.

To learn more about Contexts for Learning Mathematics, please visit http://www.contextsforlearning.com. 

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Contents

Investigating Fractions, Decimals, and Percents (Grades 4–6)is organized around five classroom-tested units.

Field Trips and Fund-Raisers: Introducing Fractions
by Catherine Twomey Fosnot
The fair-sharing of submarine sandwiches on a school field trip provides the context for exploring big ideas related to fractions in Field Trips and Fund-Raisers. In attempting to settle arguments about the fair distribution of sandwiches, students explore the connection between division and fractions as well as ways to compare fractional amounts.As the unit progresses, students use the double number line as a model and explore equivalent fractions.

The California Frog-Jumping Contest: Algebra
by Bill Jacob and Catherine Twomey Fosnot
The California Frog-Jumping Contest uses the context of the famous short story by Mark Twain—The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County—to develop equivalence and its use in solving algebraic problems. This context leads to using the number line as a tool for solving problems with an unknown: the length of a frog jump.As the unit progresses, students investigate equivalent lengths of different-sized jumps and work with these equivalences flexibly to solve problems.

The Mystery of the Meter: Decimals
by Bill Jacob, John Michael Siegfried, and Catherine Twomey Fosnot
In The Mystery of the Meter, five meter dials on the side of a house initiate a series of investigations that focus on decimals. Periodic reading and data collection eventually reveal that these are electric meters. Because students can see how the numbers expressed as decimals increase with time, the meter is a powerful tool for students to use to determine equivalents and to examine how decimals increase and are ordered.

Best Buys, Ratios, and Rates: Addition and Subtraction of Fractions
by Bill Jacob and Catherine Twomey Fosnot
Best Buys, Ratios, and Rates uses the context of comparison shopping to explore equivalence of fractions, proportional reasoning, and rates. Ratio tables are used to help students determine the cost of different amounts of bird seed sold by weight. The double number line is used for computation as students investigate the readings on a truck’s gas tank over the course of various trips.

Exploring Parks and Playgrounds:Multiplication and Division of Fractions
by Lynn D. Tarlow and Catherine Twomey Fosnot
Road race results and training data create a context in Exploring Parks and Playgrounds for investigating big ideas and strategies related to multiplication and division with fractions as well as the relationship between these operations. As the unit progresses, students multiply fractions by other fractions and equivalent forms of fractions—percentages and decimals—in the context of designing a playground. In this unit, double number line and array models are used as helpful tools.

Companion Resources

Common Core Math Standards crosswalk to the CFL Math series

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NOTE: The CDs are compatible with Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Mac OS X up to 10.6. They are not compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) or above.

This product is part of the series:  The Context for Learning Mathematics Series