## Reflection: ELL Students Adding Fractions with Common Denominators - Section 3: Independent Practice

I find that anecdotal notes are one of my most powerful formative assessment tools.  Short mini-conferences/ "meetings" with students, such as the one shown in this video, provide me with valuable insights about student thinking and specific examples of how to assist students on an individualized basis.

The child in this video, for example, understands the concept and is at the point where he can refine his explanation with more specific, precise mathematical language.  After the video I reviewed some key terms with him and provided sentences stems.  It's important to let children finish speaking before helping them refine their language.  Nobody likes to be talked over!

ELL Students: Valuable Insights from 1-1 Mini Conference

# Adding Fractions with Common Denominators

Unit 9: Fractions
Lesson 5 of 9

## Big Idea: Straightforward practice adding benchmark fractions on a number line!

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Math, Fractions, Number Sense and Operations, Critical Area, improper fractions, addition
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### Jennifer Valentine

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