Capstone Project Title
An area in mathematics critical for building mathematical knowledge and reasoning is developing children's foundational knowledge of fractions. Understanding fractions is also a building block for developing students' algebraic reasoning and sense-making (NMAP, 2008;) It is very common to see in fifth-grade math classroom there are students who think fraction concepts and procedures seem to have no link to one another and for whom meaning-making in fractions is a challenge (Pitsolantis & Osana, 2013). Therefore, how to design math activities that will increase fifth-grade students' understanding of fraction concepts emerged as research question for this capstone project. History of learning fraction, effective strategies, math anxiety, state math standards and Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) were examined when researching for the research question. Using Cognitively Guided Instruction strategies, the goal of the capstone project is to develop eight mini lessons with learning activities to provide students opportunities to explore their own strategies to fraction problems. This project contains mini lessons for reviewing three fifth grade level fraction concepts and CGI analysis and planning tool for strategy discussion lesson. The hope of this project is to provide some experience for students to enhance their understanding of fraction concepts and develop a solid ownership of their already-known problem-solving strategies.
Li, Hao, "Cognitively Guided Instruction Strategies For Strengthening Fifth-grade Students Understanding Of Fraction Concepts" (2021). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 708.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects