Fraction Nation and the Common Core State Standards

Scholastic's Fraction Nation is an adaptive software program designed to help students achieve fluency and facility with fractions and decimals in 15 minutes a day. Through a series of 64 carefully sequenced and scaffolded lessons, Fraction Nation provides explicit instruction, extensive practice, and ongoing assessments to help students build a strong foundation in fractions and decimals.

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Operations and Algebraic Thinking (Grades 2–5)

Key Points of the
Common Core State Standards

How Fraction Nation
Supports the Standards

Fluency With Fractions

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) call for providing all students with a solid foundation in fractions and decimals—preparing them for success in algebra, college, and career.

Simply put, each student should develop an understanding of fractions, factors, and multiples; and be able to interpret numerical expressions.

Fraction Nation Rapidly Accelerates Students Toward Fraction Fluency

  • Delivers a firm foundation of number sense for fractions and decimals through 64 carefully sequenced and scaffolded lessons.
  • Provides an introduction to algebraic thinking with a focus on quantity, equivalence, and addition and subtraction.
  • Presents a universal approach to understanding equal groups of objects, properties of multiplication, and familiarity with factors and multiples.

Importance of Visual Representation

The CCSS expect students to understand the meaning of fractions and decimals through activities that make use of visual models, such as arrays.

Fraction Nation's Adaptive Software Utilizes Visual Instruction

  • Utilizes strong visual models, such as number lines and fraction strips, to build an integrated understanding of the number system.
  • Links visual representations with fraction symbols and procedures.
  • Animated tutorials are carefully designed to be clear and compelling and to minimize cognitive load.

Increasing Opportunities for Independence & Using Technology

The CCSS expect students to demonstrate independence while becoming self-directed learners. Furthermore, students should employ technology to integrate what they are learning.

Fraction Nation is Entirely Self-Directed and Computer-Based

  • Students, not teachers, operate Fraction Nation's research-based computer software, which adapts to each student's preexisting knowledge and instructional needs.
  • Students play compelling, self-paced practice games.
  • Students can see their progress along the Student Roadmap, comprised of 9 topic checkpoints, promoting a sense of advancement and accomplishment.
  • Actionable, data-rich reports motivate students to take control of their achievement.

Number and Operations (Grades 2–5)

Key Points of the
Common Core State Standards

How Fraction Nation
Supports the Standards

Progressive Foundational Development

The CCSS call for students to understand place value for single- and multi-digit operations with whole numbers and decimals.

Fraction Nation Deepens Understanding at Each Student's Unique Pace

  • Helps students gain and retain concepts of whole numbers and decimals to the hundredths through targeted instruction, corrective feedback, and adaptive practice activities.
  • Ensures students are able to consistently perform operations with whole numbers and decimals through performance assessments of concepts and skills after each lesson.

Importance of Conceptual Understanding

The CCSS expect students to develop an understanding of fractions as numbers, extending to equivalence, ordering, and operations with fractions. Build fractions from unit fractions and understand decimal notation.

Fraction Nation Integrates Conceptual and Procedural Understanding

  • Promotes understanding, proficiency, and fluency with fractions and decimals via an extensive Lesson Review Library containing activities geared toward review and practice.
  • Provides a Lesson Guide with 64 carefully crafted lessons in 9 topics to help develop an understanding of fractions as numbers-all in 15-minute sessions.minimize cognitive load.
    • Topics A-D extend understanding of fraction equivalence, ordering, and quantity with unit fractions.
    • Topics E–G extend fraction equivalence with proper and improper fractions, and support strategies to add and subtract fractions.
    • Topics H and I teach computation procedures for more advanced operations with fractions.

The Number System (Grades 6–8)

Key Points of the
Common Core State Standards

How Fraction Nation
Supports the Standards

Extend Previous Understanding

The CCSS ask students to apply and extend previous understandings of operations to fractions and compute fluently with multi-digit numbers. Find common factors and multiples.

Fraction Nation was Designed to Build and Extend Conceptual Understanding for All Students

  • Embeds systematically constructed fraction fluency practice throughout the 64 lessons.
  • Develops firm foundations in early lessons, which help apply and extend previous understandings to more advanced fraction operations.
  • Provides differentiated instruction, extensive practice, and self-paced opportunities for Tier 2 and 3 intervention students in sixth grade and above.

Expressions and Equations (Grades 6–8)

Key Points of the
Common Core State Standards

How Fraction Nation
Supports the Standards

Emphasis on Real-World Applicability

The CCSS place a central importance on the ability to solve real-life and mathematical problems using numerical expressions. Students should be able to extend understanding of arithmetic to algebraic expressions, generate equivalent expressions, and understand connections between proportional relationships.

Fraction Nation Builds Connections Within the Number System and to the Real World

  • Develops an integrated understanding of numerical and algebraic expressions through multimodal lessons, practice, and performance assessments, improving students’ ability to solve real-life and mathematical problems.
  • Helps build connections to proportional relationships across whole numbers, fractions, decimals, proper and improper fractions, and fractions with different denominators through a consistent use of real-world measurements across topics (number lines).