Show of hands  how many of you think teaching fractions is a BEAST?!?
Yep, so did we!! Especially in 5th grade, where everything comes together and students need a VERY strong understanding of fractions in order to meet the standards. In our 5th grade cotaught math class, we were struggling with the best way to go about teaching fractions, especially for many students who still did not have the basics. Enter: The Fraction Progression. This 1st  5th grade progression of what students need to know does not cover every Common Core standard for fractions. However, it shows the major understandings students need to have before moving on to the next concept. {You can grab it for FREE from our TpT store!} We are using this progression as a checklist for our students. We start at the top of the list  if they show mastery of one concept, then they move to the next. We gave students a pretest on the concepts. We found that a majority of our students needed work on equivalent fractions, so that is where we focused our wholegroup instruction and ZONES rotations. While students were working in the ZONES, we worked with students in small groups to cover any gaps. We use the ReThink Mathematics checkpoints to assess student mastery. These are short (usually 34 questions) assessments, targeted at a specific standard. Students must get all questions completely correct in order to demonstrate mastery. Remember, students to not need to complete a 20question test to show they understand a concept! At the end of the week, we gave a checkpoint for equivalent fractions. This checkpoint, combined with their independent ZONES work, gave us a good gauge of where students were at. We saw that a majority of the students showed mastery of equivalent fractions, so we are moving on to comparing fractions. Some students still needed support with basic fractions and equivalent fractions. So, we are using our small group form to guide our small group instruction for this week. {Grab your copy from our TpT store!}
It was very interesting working with these students oneonone and in small groups. They were able to show a much stronger mastery in this setting than they showed on the checkpoint! Most students are ready for a followup checkpoint. That score, combined with our informal observations in small groups, will determine if that student has mastered the standards for equivalent fractions.
And, since we love spreadsheets so much, I also created a colorcoded spreadsheet to keep track of where students are at in the progression.
The next step is to give students their own copy of the progression. Each student will check off what he/she has mastered, and focus on the standard she/is is currently working on.

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