Representing Fraction Operations Using a Balance

Sara Delano Moore

This short session is an opportunity to explore new uses for a familiar tool, the balance.  Often used for thinking about whole number operations, we’ll explore uses of the balance for fraction operations during our time together.  The PDF version of the presentation is attached.  Email me if you’d like the active version.




• 3–5 Burst

Tuesday, November 1, 2016: 12:30 PM-1:00 PM
Franklin 1 (Philadelphia Marriott Downtown)

Join us to experience a balance as a tool for modeling fraction operations. We will model fraction comparisons, addition, and multiplication in this fast-paced, hands-on exploration. Learn how this tool can increase student understanding.

Sara Delano Moore

Sara Delano Moore

Dr. Sara Delano Moore is an educational consultant at SDM Learning. Sara focuses on helping teachers and students understand mathematics as a coherent and connected discipline. An experienced teacher and nationally recognized speaker, her work emphasizes the power of deep understanding and multiple representations for learning. Sara’s interests include building conceptual understanding of mathematics to support procedural fluency and applications, incorporating engaging literature into mathematics & science instruction, and connecting mathematics to engineering design in meaningful ways. Learn more about Sara's education and experience at

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