The unique HOE Fractions approach
Students first solve for the unit fraction of the unknown, and then for the unknown itself. For example, if a fractional equation is simplified to 7/3 x = 28, students see that 1/3 x = 4, and hence x = 12. In this manner, students use a sense-making approach to solving fractional linear equations.
Algebraic principles used in solving the equations
In solving the fractional equations of Level I, students use the subtraction property of equality and the substitution principle. They transform fractions into equivalent fractions having a common denominator. In solving the fractional equations of Level II, students use the addition property of equality, the property of additive inverses and the additive identity property.
We use the coaching model in our workshops
As in all of the Borenson Math workshops, we use the coaching model in which workshop participants work at their seats and present at the front of the room to internalize the concepts presented at the workshop.
Basic concrete solution strategies
Workshop participants learn how to represent concretely fractional linear equations on their laminated balance scale. As with the regular Hands-On Equations program, they then use "legal moves" to simplify and solve the equations. The equations are reset to conduct the check. Strategies are presented to enable workshop participants to transfer their hands-on learning experience to abstract solution methods.
A half-day 3-hour workshop
This workshop takes the teachers through the full Hands-On Equations Fractions program, comprising 12 lessons in total, as well as the enrichment lessons. Level I deals with fractional equations having positive constants. Level II deals with fractional equations having negative constants.
Option 1: Workshop & HOE Fractions Student Kit for each participant
The district provides the basic workshop in which participants learn the concrete strategies that may be used to solve fractional equations. Each participant receives a HOE Fractions Student Kit.
Option 2: Workshop & HOE Fractions Learning System for each participant
The district provides The Hands-On Equations Fractions Learning System for each participant, at the reduced price of $22.50 each (instead of $29.50). This option provides the teacher with the instructional manuals and the student worksheets. Click here to see a sample page from the instructional page and here to see a sample worksheet.
Option 3: Workshop & HOE Fractions Class Sets of materials for each participant
The district provides a class set of Hands-On Equations Fractions for each particpant, thereby enabling immediate classroom implementation. Depending on the number of class sets purchased, the workshop honorarium fee may be reduced or waived.
To bring this half-day workshop to your district:
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, complete a quick form or call 800-993-6284. Please specify three alternative dates that will work for you.
Comments from workshop participants
"This concrete approach allows students to progress to the abstract. The simplistic math manipulatives are powerful!"
"I really enjoyed learning how to represent fractional equations in a concrete manner. Love this!!"
"It was amazing how quickly I grew in my content knowledge."
"I see this program enhancing student critical thinking and problem solving skills."