# Becoming a Dropkick Fraction Master

#### Operations and the Gangs of Matica

For this module, you and your child travel to the city of Matica, a once peaceful and harmonious city built on the foundations of mathematical understanding. This once peaceful city has recently fallen on hard times and has become overrun with Gangs, Crews, Cliques, and all manner of frustrations surrounding math. To help save the city, children will have to add, subtract, multiply and divide proper fractions, improper fractions and mixed numbers. Understanding the order of operations with fractions will be front and centre as children work through systems to improve their mental math. By the end of this module, you can deliver a blow to math frustration as you watch your child master the Order of Operations involving mixed numbers and improper fractions.

So, be prepared to battle the underworld as you help your child deepen their understanding of the connections between fractions, decimals and percents. As your child battles for the city of Matica, their math frustrations will become a thing of the past. Both parent and child will gain the confidence needed to retake the city and improve their mental math skills.

Why is this topic important for my child to learn?

• So children can…
• Make connections between fractions, decimals and percents and use each form flexibly
• Strengthen their proportional reasoning skills
• Develop proficiency with fractions which is an important foundation for learning more advanced mathematics
• Become comfortable with abstraction in mathematics in preparation for more advanced algebra
• Develop a solid foundation for secondary mathematics involving linear relationships, trigonometry and radian measures

The College Student Achievement Project, an extensive study of student achievement in first-year college mathematics courses, identified an understanding of fractions as one of the most critical skills needed for college mathematics in both business and technology courses and as one of the main areas in which many students lacked that necessary understanding (Orpwood, Schollen, Leek, Marinelli-Henriques & Assiri, 2012).