# THE SOURCE FOR SCIENCE AND READING INSPIRATION

One of the most common questions we are asked is how our library of digital content supports the Common Core.  The easy answer is that our entire library has been aligned to the Common Core standards, so teachers can find resources related to each standard.  The more complex answer is that there are many pieces of content that can be used in flexible ways to support each individual standard, and it is up to teachers to choose the content that best supports their lesson and their students.

Here are five pieces of digital content a teacher might choose from our library to support and enhance the teaching of: CCSS.Math.Content.2.G.A.3

Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares, describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc., and describe the whole as two halves, three thirds, four fourths. Recognize that equal shares of identical wholes need not have the same shape.

A teacher could use this virtual manipulative with students on laptops/tablets/Chromebooks or an interactive whiteboard to introduce the concept of fractions in the context of a real-life problem.  Choose 3 friends and 4 cookies.  Ask your students how they will share them equally and still be friends.

Visual Fractions

A teacher could use this virtual manipulative with students on an interactive whiteboard.  This manipulative demonstrates that a fraction will look differently depending on the whole being divided.

A teacher could use this virtual manipulative with students on laptops/tablets/Chromebooks or an interactive whiteboard.  Students can explore dividing different wholes into parts and shading parts to create fractions.

Virtual Geoboard

A teacher could use this virtual manipulative with students on laptops/tablets/Chromebooks or an interactive whiteboard.  Students can explore dividing the same wholes into parts in different ways. (Choose 3, Geoboard: Fractions)

A teacher could use this resource to check for student understanding.  The activity challenges students to sort equal fractions with different shaped wholes into three groups.