Surfing the Net with Kids: Fractions

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May 6, 2001

Dear Reader,

On Wednesday I announced the Surfnetkids Email Book Clubs
for teens and grownups. I know previewing books for free
via email is bit of an unusual idea — so I decided the best
way to explain it was to give you a short sample read from the
opening of the first book for the Teen Book Club (which starts
Monday May 14.)

============== SAMPLE TEEN READ =============
HOLES by Louis Sachar

Published by Frances Foster Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Copyright (c) 1998 by Louis Sachar
(chapters are used by permission of publishers and authors)

More details on both book clubs.




There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. There once was a very
large lake here, the largest lake in Texas. That was over a
hundred years ago. Now it is just a dry, flat wasteland.

There used to be a town of Green Lake as well. The town
shriveled and dried up along with the lake, and the people who
lived there.

During the summer the daytime temperature hovers around
ninety-five degrees in the shade–if you can find any shade.
There’s not much shade in a big dry lake.

The only trees are two old oaks on the eastern edge of the
“lake.” A hammock is stretched between the two trees, and a
log cabin stands behind that.

The campers are forbidden to lie in the hammock. It belongs to
the Warden. The Warden owns the shade.

(to be continued in the Surfnetkids Teen Book Club…)

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Do fractions make you sweat? Whether you are a student or a parent helping a student, I’ve found five sites that will take you by the hand and explain everything you’ve always feared you could never learn about fractions. Take a deep breath. Let’s go.

All About Fractions


Dozens of colorfully illustrated pages with explanatory lessons and interactive practice games make All About Fractions my pick of the day. Using the Table of Contents, you can jump directly to one of ten chapters (such as Multiplying Fractions, Reducing Fractions and Comparing fractions) or start at the beginning (Basic Fractions) and use the Next Lesson link to continue through the site. My favorite clicks are the timed exercises you’ll find at the bottom of each lesson page.



” Fractions and fractional numbers are an important part of the study of mathematics as we always seek knowledge of the whole of things by studying its parts.” Hmm, I never thought about fractions in quite this way before. From Jefferson Elementary School in Pittsford, New York, this site covers fractions in seven illustrated pages, each of which includes a self-grading quiz.

Fraction to Decimal Conversion


If you’re are looking for a handy reference on converting fractions to decimals, you’ve come to the right place. Fractions from 1/1 to 31/32 are neatly organized into a table showing their decimal equivalents. One of the wonderful aspects of my job is the opportunity I have everyday to learn new things. Did you ever stop to realize that division by nine causes repeating patterns, such that 2/9 equals .222222 and 54/99 equals .545454? Wow!

No Matter What Shape Your Fractions Are In


In a word, these colorful geometric puzzles and exercises for elementary and middle school students are just plain fun. My favorite is the interactive Pattern Blocks (you’ll find the What Fun link on the front page.) Don’t miss it! Oh, and did I mention they were educational too? Author Cynthia Lanius of Rice University explains it this way “These activities are designed to cause students to think; they are not algorithmic. They do not say, ‘To add fractions, do step one, step two, step three.’ Students will explore geometric models of fractions and discover relations among them.”

Rules for Fractions


For visual learners who can read an algebraic formula, this is the site. In one straightforward table, you’ll learn the rules for adding (A/B + C/B = (A + C)/B), subtracting, dividing and multiplying fractions. This is the page for parents who need just a bit of a refresher before tackling fourth grade fractions.

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