Learning in Steps
Understanding fractions is a very important stage in mathematics. Failing at this point usually means trouble ahead in algebra, the next stage where functions are introduced. Designing a curriculum can therefore benefit greatly if concepts to be learned are mapped to show correlations. This enables identification of how skills and concepts learned in earlier years predict success in more advanced materials.
Before introducing fractions, students in most elementary schools are taught the following in mathematics. I am going to use specific examples of games that illustrate some of the math lessons taught in the early grades. Students in the early years, for example, are taught how to add:
|Screen capture from FunBrain Cut It|
|Screen capture from Sheppard Software Mathman|
|Screen capture from Sheppard Software Number Line|
|Screen capture from FunBrain Space Fractions|
|Above copied from J Psychoeduc Assess. 2009 Jun;27(3):265-279.|