Fractions in 4$40
About this course
Recommended Ages: ANY AGE!! 8-80! If you need help with fractions, this is the class for you! Especially geared toward “math-o-phobes”!
Levels: This course has one level.
Start Date: Course consists of 4 lesson plans. No live classes- view lessons on YOUR schedule. SUMMER SCHEDULE IN EFFECT!! We will release ALL lesson plans on June 2 and you will have until August 11 to complete all work. Final reports will be issued on August 12. However, we will accept enrollments for this class until it is full or until July 14- allowing students to join the course at any time and ensuring they have enough time to complete their work. This gives you complete freedom during the summer to do the work! Instructors will still be grading and giving feedback for students weekly, but there will be no weekly deadlines- only the final course deadline of August 12.
I have been teaching private math classes since 2011, up to Algebra I. And fractions are one of those things that just confuse and confound both students AND parents! I’ll be honest, when I was a kid, they confounded me too. But now I’ve found that I have a knack for explaining it and making sure kids “get it”. Fractions are one of those important math foundations- a skill they will use throughout their math careers. But this class isn’t just for the kids! It’s for parents, too. Many parents want to teach math concepts to their children, but have mathophobia. Get in here and learn fractions! I’m a previous math-o-phobe, so if I can do it, so can you!
Students coming in to this class must already have a strong understanding and competency in how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers.
Some of the topics we’ll cover will include:
1. What is a fraction? What are the parts of it? What does a fraction actually represent?
2. Proper and improper fractions
3. Simplifying fractions into proper fractions and mixed numbers
4. Converting mixed numbers to fractions
5. Common denominators
6. Adding and subtracting fractions
7. Multiplying and dividing fractions
LESSON PLANS: This is a 4 week class. Students have 2 weeks after the last class is posted to complete all work. Weekly lesson plans are posted on Tuesdays by 5pm Pacific Time. There is no “live” component to this class, which allows students to work at their own pace. This is a great option for busy students who need to work on their own schedule, and students who live all over the world and can’t easily coordinate time zones.
Lesson plans are a combination of power point, graphics, video, and audio. Each slide is fully narrated for students who prefer to hear material read to them. There is no textbook for this course.
DISCUSSION:We offer an “open talk” forum where students can have fun getting to know their classmates!
ASSIGNMENTS: Each week students will have worksheets that they can complete and self grade to insure they understand the concepts before taking the quiz.
QUIZZES: Online quizzes are available each week as a tool for students to see how well they understand the material. There is a practice quiz that is not graded and can be taken up to 10 times. Then, there is the weekly graded quiz which can only be taken once. I make sure students have plenty of practice from the homework and practice quizzes before they take the main quiz.
GRADES: This class is graded from the weekly quizzes. You may print out a report card at the end of the class.
TIME: In general, expect 1-1.5 hours to work through the lesson plan each week, and an additional 2-5 hours working on assignments and preparing for the quiz. I encourage students to give me FOUR days of fractions a week!! It’s best to split up the work so they are practicing a little bit each day. This helps to solidify the concepts.
Our course begins with the first step for generating great user experiences: understanding what people do, think, say, and feel. In this module, you’ll learn how to keep an open mind while learning.