Grades 3-5

Best Practices for Rational Numbers: Fractions and Decimals GRADES 3-5

presented by Marilyn Link

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, June 17-19, 2014

Course description

This 3-day workshop "Best Practices for Rational Numbers: Fractions and Decimals Grades 3 – 5" is designed for 3rd through 5th grade teachers of mathematics. The problem-based and discovery approaches will concentrate on FRACTIONS and DECIMALS. There will be much sharing of ideas and interaction among the participants. There will be time to develop enriching and enjoyable activities that you can take to your classroom in the fall.

This course, along with the June 10-12 HQT workshop, may be used by an INTERVENTION SPECIALIST to become a HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHER (HQT) in mathematics CONTENT.


  • Desire to improve your Mathematics Teaching in Grades 3-5
  • Desire to find ways for you and your students to have fun
  • Email Marilyn at with any special requests.



  • 0.9 of the class will be student centered
  • ½ of the class will be fractions
  • 1/3 of the class will be decimals
  • 0.2 of the class will be the meaning of fractions
  • 1/5 of the class will be operations with fractions
  • 2/7 of the class will be comparing fractions and decimals
  • 1/6 of the class will be decimal operations
  • 0.75 of the class will be fun
  • 0.03 of the class will be boring
  • 0.33... of this class will be solving problems
  • 0.23 of this class will be hands on
  • 3/5 of this class will be sharing ideas with each other.
  • 0.15 of this class will be technology (that is, if YOU provide the technology: so bring all the technology you want to use and share)
  • 1/8 of this class will be sharing the activities you bring with you to the class.
  • 4/7 of this class will be before lunch
  • 0.87 of this class will be work
  • 2/3 of this class will be explaining our thinking


Equipment needed

  • Bring your favorite puzzle or problem
  • Have a notebook or binder to record information
  • Bring your thinking cap!
  • Bring your 4-function or scientific calculator
  • Bring any other equipment you think will enhance your experience

Course Expectations

Attendance at all sessions
Participation in all activities
Share classroom hints
Completion of an activity on teaching middle school mathematics during the workshop sessions

Problems to Ponder for the Workshop

In the list of topics I have attached a rational number to each item. Take some time to look at the rational numbers and put them in order smallest to largest. Take note of your thought process and be able to explain your thinking. Be ready to share your thoughts.