Fraction Action

Fraction Action

by Loreen Leedy

Paperback(1st EDITION and REPRINT)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823412440
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication date: 01/01/1994
Edition description: 1st EDITION and REPRINT
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 233,113
Product dimensions: 8.28(w) x 10.96(h) x 0.14(d)
Lexile: 530L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Loreen Leedy has written and illustrated more than thirty books for children. Her innovative books include Seeing Symmetry, which The Horn Book called "excellent," and The Great Graph Contest, which School Library Journal called "exciting and energetic" in a starred review. She lives in Florida.

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Fraction Action 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
tshrum06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good example of informational, but also fantasy. It tells a lot about fractions and other mathematical concepts, it uses animals for the students and teachers, but give them believable qualities.
ssandoe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fraction Action is a short fictional story about animals who are in the same classroom with their teacher, Miss Prime, who is teaching them about halves, thirds and fourths. She approaches this lesson about fractions in an authentic way: she teaches her students about fractions through the use of an overhead, draws representations in terms of different shapes, and writes what part of the whole each piece of the shape represents. She then presents the class with a math challenge: if they can divide a bag of marbles equally amongst each other they can keep them - but they must use fractions to help them find their answer. It also includes three additional short stories in which the students interact with Miss Prime outside the classroom using fractions, of course. At the end of the book there is a "teacher's test" in which the students make up questions about fractions for Miss Prime to answer and must correct the test and explain why she answered incorrectly if she did. I would recommend this book to second and third graders. It could be used to introduce the concept of fractions because Miss Prime herself is introducing the concept of mathematics to her students. It could also be used to supplement an introductory math lesson the teacher has done the previous day to refresh students memory about what they learned in a fun way. Throughout the book Miss Prime asks student questions about fractions that can be answered by using the information on the page and also includes where they can find the answers in the back of the book. Not only do students learn about fractions but they must also use division to evenly distribute the marbles amongst the five of them and subtraction to figure out the cost of lemonade in one of the short stories. This book could be accompanied by manipulatives because students could also use marbles, or other small items, and work on dividing them equally amongst each other just as the characters did to practice their knowledge of fractions, division and problem solving. One interesting thing about this book is that it is written completely in conversational dialogue with the use of parenthesis. This unique format may interest readers who like graphic novels as well as those who enjoy reading about animals. The "teacher test" at the end also provides a mini summary of what the book taught the readers about fractions and allows students to revisit the familiar concepts one more time before the book ends!
MesserPicks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love that this book kind of has the comic book feel to it with all the 'blurps' above the speaker's head. There is so much going on and lots of information on each page!