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# Get the Facts about Fractions and Geometry

Parent Inspiration
Updated on Mar 21, 2011

Say it’s not so! American students are lagging in math.What you can do to help.

### What You Need to Know

Studies show that American children are falling behind in math skills and lack the rudiments for being able to master subjects they’ll encounter later such as algebra.

Three things elementary students need to master are:

• being able to recall number facts with ease (computational fluency),
• being able to compute using fractions, and
• understanding certain geometric concepts such as line slope.

### How You Can Help

Here are some exercises from the full article that you can try with your child. It’s important that you do them orally and visually, not with paper and pencils.

• Count by 3s, 4s, 5s, etc., beginning at 0. This builds addition and multiplication skills.
• Introduce fractions by describing half as “two parts the same.” Ask them to tell you half of even numbers ranging from single to four digits. Then move on to half of odd numbers.
• Solve word problems such as: If six pieces of candy cost 30 cents, how many pieces can you buy with a dollar?
• Work math into everyday scenarios. If a carton of ice cream holds a pint and the serving size is half a cup, how many servings are in the carton?

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