16 Hacks for Teaching Students to Solve Math Problems That Include Decimals and Fractions
Are you looking for hacks for teaching students to solve math problems that include decimals and fractions? If so, keep reading.
1. Teach the learner that 8/8 equals a whole, 10/10 equals a whole, etc.
2. Select a peer to work with the learner on problems involving fractions or decimals.
3. Give an assortment of restaurant menus for the learner to choose things from for a meal. Get him/her to compute the cost of the things (each involving a decimal point).
4. Cut pieces of paper into equal numbers (e.g., fourths, sixths, tenths, etc.); have the learner add fractions together, subtract fractions, etc.
5. Create a reference sheet for fractions and decimals for the learner to keep at their desk.
6. For math problems involving fractions with unlike denominators, have the learner use a concrete object such as a ruler to help them solve the problem (e.g., compare 3/4 to 7/8).
7. Get the learner to do rote counting by decimals (e.g., .2, .4, .6, .8, etc.).
8. Get the learner to do rote counting by fractions (e.g., 2/8, 4/8, 6/8, etc.).
9. Get the learner to earn a hypothetical income and solve money-related math using decimals (e.g., taxes, social security, savings, rent, food, clothing, auto payments, recreation, etc.). Pair the level of difficulty to the learner’s capacity and ability level.
10. Get the learner to use a calculator of app when learning to solve problems involving decimals.
11. Get the learner to solve fraction problems using real-life measurements such as ounces, inches, pounds, etc., to ascertain weight, length, volume, etc.
21. Consider using Alexa for the Math Classroom.
22. Try gamifying your math lessons.
23. Consider using one of the apps and tools from our many math app lists: