The Cuisenaire Gattegno Method Of Teaching Mathematics

After this game is repeated a few times, the child begins to acquire a stock of fractions which are equivalent to each other and to handle them with confidence. Another opportunity of giving the pupils experience with equivalent fractions occurs during the study of a particular number, say 12. The children could be asked questions such as: Can you show me a rod that is

of 12?

Is there a single rod which represents 12?

of 12?

of 12?

of

The children quickly accept the fact that of 12 and the concept of families of equivalent fractions is thus easily understood. At a later stage, other fractions can be added to the series, yielding finally =

=

=

=

=

=…

where the dots show that we could go on and on finding fractions which belong to this family. The importance of this approach is in the fact that it will make later work on irreducible fractions, operations on fractions,

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The Cuisenaire Gattegno method of teaching Mathematics
The Cuisenaire Gattegno method of teaching Mathematics

The Cuisenaire Gattegno method of teaching Mathematics