Estimate Answers to Problems Involving Fractions Using Area Models

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Smart mathematicians estimate answers to get a sense of whether their calculated answers make sense. Find out how to do this with area models in the first of five videos dedicated to assessing the reasonableness of word problem answers that require subtraction and addition of fractions. Two word problems are walked through to demonstrate using this strategy.

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Pros

  • An emphasis on logic is used throughout to support kids in thinking deeply about their answers
  • A simple formula of calculate, estimate, compare gives a useful tool for solving problems
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