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Contexts for Learning Mathematics, Level 3

Investigating Fractions, Decimals, and Percents, Grades 4-6

By Catherine Twomey Fosnot

Contexts for Learning Mathematics is a rigorous classroom resource that makes use of a math workshop environment to bring the Standards for Mathematical Practice to life. The Level 3 (grades 4–6) package includes five classroom-tested units (and supporting resources) that use rich, authentic contexts to promote understanding and ensure the development of a positive growth mindset.


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Contexts for Learning Mathematics (CFLM) uses rich, authentic contexts provide a backdrop for fostering a positive growth mindset through:

  • the use of mathematical models as thinking tools
  • tenacious problem solving
  • the reading and writing of mathematical arguments and justification

Flexibly designed, CFLM units can be used to enhance your teaching, supplement your curriculum, or differentiate instruction. Each unit stands on its own, presenting a two-week sequence of interconnected investigations, games, and minilessons created to support key math topics.

Investigating Fractions, Decimals, and Percents (Grades 4–6) is the third level in the Contexts for Learning Mathematics series. This package includes five flexibly designed units for enhancing your teaching, supplementing your curriculum, or differentiating your instruction. The units in this package include:

  • Field Trips and Fund-Raisers (Introducing Fractions)
  • The Mystery of the Meter (Decimals)
  • Best Buys, Ratios, and Rates (Addition and Subtraction of Fractions)
  • Exploring Parks and Playgrounds (Multiplication and Division of Fractions)
  • The California Frog-Jumping Contest (Algebra)

Each unit can stand on its own, presenting a two-week sequence of interconnected investigations, games, and minilessons created to support the development of key topics related to fractions, decimals, and percents.

Along with the units books, this package includes an Overview Book that provides a deeper dive into the content, strategies, and overall philosophy specific to these grade levels, 16 Posters that set the stage for learning, one Resource Book containing strings of related minilessons for supporting instruction throughout the year, and access to Digital Resources that include extensive professional learning support.

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