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Do your students struggle with fractions? Do you find students asking to be shown the steps “just one more time”?  In this webinar, we will explore some of the gaps that adult students often have in their foundational number sense around fractions and look at some activities and strategies for helping students develop this number sense so that they can reason and make sense of fractions and fraction procedures.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Adult basic education math teachers at all levels of math ability and comfort

This 75 minute webinar is for anyone involved in adult numeracy instruction who wants ideas for helping students develop core number sense with fractions at the early levels (CCRSAE Levels A-C).  Participants will look at research on adult students’ fraction understanding, watch a video of students reasoning with benchmark fractions, and try out some activities themselves to expand their toolkits for teaching fractions conceptually.  Lastly, participants will look at the continuum of fraction skills as they are developed through levels A-C and discuss what foundational skills should be mastered before students are taught operations with fractions.

NOTE: Priority seating is given to Massachusetts teachers from Department of Elementary and Secondary Education-funded programs. If you are a registrant from another state, you will be put on a waiting list. If space is available, we will contact you roughly a week before the event to confirm your registration.

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Informally assess students’ understanding of fraction concepts
    Explain the value of beginning fraction instruction with benchmarks
    Add to your bank of resources to teach fractions for understanding
    Describe how fraction concepts are introduced developmentally across several levels
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)



United States

PD Center
SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum and Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
CCRSAE (College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education)
Learning Disabilities / Differences
Mathematics and Adult Numeracy