## Reflection: Intervention and Extension Fractions, Mixed Numbers, and Division Expression - Section 4: The Elevator Speech

Here are my thoughts on using models vs. manipulatives

• Some people like to use fraction squares (plastic manipulatives that when put together form squares out of little squares.
• Students tend to not make the same size squares or make rectangular shapes), but I find them confusing because they can make different size squares.
• If you're going to use manipulatives I suggest that you use fraction circles because circles are all the same size but the slices are not the same.
• if students use models then they can do this work anywhere. if they only use manipulatives then they have a hard time transferring this learning to paper.
• manipulatives can becomes tools and time wasters if not supervised!

Use of Models and Manipulatives
Intervention and Extension: Use of Models and Manipulatives

# Fractions, Mixed Numbers, and Division Expression

Unit 2: Adding and Subtracting Fractions with Unlike Denominators
Lesson 4 of 7

## Big Idea: Division and Fractions represent the same work!

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