There are activities with Fraction Bars before fraction symbols are introduced. Informal verbal descriptions of bars are given by using colors and numbers of shaded and unshaded parts. The bars for fractions are described as less than half shaded, equal to, or more than half shaded. Bars are classified as having the largest sized parts and the smallest sized parts. At the introductory stage before fraction symbols, students need to be comfortable in describing the bars in their own words. Usually not enough time is spent with such activities, and there is a tendency to rush into the use of fraction symbols. Using symbols before understanding the ideas they represent leads to memorizing and math anxiety.
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