My son did a lot of fractions math facts in 7th grade. I was tutoring at Kumon at the time, so that's what I used, but in any case I really encourage keeping up math drill up through fractions. It makes upper maths so much easier/faster.
Just the basic conversions of like 12.5% = 0.125 = 1/8. Students can be doing math lessons and math drill separately, they don't need to line up.
hsm wrote:She is pretty good at basic math facts but more practice certainly wouldn't hurt and she could be a little faster with recall.
How do you drill faction math facts? Sorry if that is obvious but I am not sure what you mean. Can you suggest a resource for that? Thanks Julie!
You can drill math facts like anything else, with flashcards and computer games and etc. Here is an old post of mine about drilling fractions: http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php ... 166#p89166
I think someone else mentioned Key To Fractions on there; my older dd used that. It's a systematic way to step through the ideas, if needed.
But I wonder if you're asking what exactly is drilled? Well, I'll try to think of a few.
1. The main thing I remember was the conversions I mentioned, so things like 12.5% = 0.125 = 1/8, my son had those down well (memorized) when we were done. Even throughout high school, it helped that he knew some of those off the top of his head, to use with things like ratios and complex equations.
It seems like we went up to 1/12? Kumon had a nice way of basically saying a list out loud until you could say it fluently, then doing paper drills of each thing, then slowly mixing them up. Funny, but the info also came in handy when he started using tools in the garage LOL.
2. Also getting down some of the reducing facts, which are basically multiplication/division, but they look different on fraction drill pages. My son got to where he knew by heart some of the big numbers that reduced down to some of the small numbers (I think we went up to 12x12).
A quick google gave this page, which goes on forever, but seems to cover a lot (look for fractions, simplify & convert, and there are drill pages on simplifying fractions like 32/48):
There are lots of ways to do drill besides worksheets, too, from Quarter Mile Math to Quizlet to flashcards to probably some apps. You eventually may need to search for "middle school" level materials, to avoid too much time on simple concepts.
3. It helps to have those rules of divisibility on hand, to make even big numbers reduce quickly.
For instance, when the last 2 digits are divisible by 4, the whole number is divisible by 4; and if the sum of all the digits is divisible by 9, then the whole number is divisible by 9: http://math.about.com/library/bldivide.htm
4. Practice the difference between +/- and x/: with fractions.
You need common denominators for +/- but not for x/: because you just go across for x and flip for :.
5. I think some of the hands-on games I mentioned in the link to my old post were to get it through my son's head that 1/5 is not good enough for 1/6 in real life, it won't fit, it doesn't work, these things need to be exact. Hands-on seemed to help him with accepting that he couldn't just do it his own way.
Does that help? I'm not meaning two complete math programs, just 10 minutes or so (20 minutes at the most) of drill each day as a separate subject.