Most of the files are formatted as you see above. The earliest files I made (equivalence and addition) are a little different. The equations will look the same, but I didn't figure out how to get two columns on a page until I started the subtraction files.
The prepared tickets are large enough so that if laminated the child can record their answer directly on the ticket with a dry erase marker if you wish to do it that way. We like to use a note book (like this). Below you will find a picture of Kal-El using one of the equivalence tickets and writing the answer in his fraction book. This should give you an idea of the scale of the cards. They ARE small enough to fit in the drawers of a hardware cabinet.
I use a combination of two fraction albums for our fraction work, KotU and Cultivating Dharma. However, I purchased the Montessori R&D fraction album number one solely for access to the lists of or examples of (as the case may be) prepared equations at the end of each presentation. I used this information to make my fraction equations. I have NOT prepared equations for fraction album number two because I haven't purchased it yet (I might not need to now that I have a good idea of what is included). When I spoke with Montessori R&D on the phone, trying to buy a digital album rather than a hard copy, I was told that they hope to be able to sell digital password-protected albums beginning sometime in the first quarter of 2013. I seriously prefer having my albums on my iPad so I didn't buy an album I didn't need immediately.
When you follow the link to the fraction equations files you should find at least 44 files. Some of the files are one page long, others are twenty-five pages long. I mostly made one file for each presentation in the album. At this point there are five general categories: equivalence, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. R&D has a presentation for each possible denominator for each operation. Each operation concludes with a presentation using mixed denominators (although all the equations I've prepared to date feature like-denominators). Some kids will do some of this work in primary. Some operations (subtraction, multiplication, and division) follow the mixed-denominator presentation with a set of equations that are sometimes called the "elementary equations." R&D calls these "special combinations." These include every possible like-denominator equation in each of SIX formats. For example you would see 5/7*1=5/7 the following six ways (the child solves for "x"):
My equations ALL use the "tall" or "stacked" format for fractions. Also, there will be no "x" in the printed equations but instead merely a "blank" space. I would have loved to put in a grey-shaded box in those positions but the program wouldn't allow it. The two programs I use don't allow A LOT of things. I'm lucky I got it to do what it did. The "special combinations" elementary equations will look as they appear below:
I made and formatted these files for myself. I'm not a professional "materials designer" and the files aren't perfect. The "special combinations" files look perfect on the computer and print a little oddly at my house. I lost a dozen or so equations that way, but those files generate so many equations I don't think we'll miss them. I caught myself spacing out and making an error in the equation about three times (and fixed it). That experience, of course, leads me to wonder how many times I spaced out and DIDN't fix the equation. My apologies in advance, this was a HUGE data-entry project.
A few words about what I DIDN'T make are in order. R&D suggests approximately 5-6 equations to do with the child in each presentation before setting them loose with the prepared equations. I didn't generate these. I would build those by writing on blank tickets right in front of the child. It's better that way. I haven't made the files for the three presentations that use fractions greater than a whole yet. Also, I didn't generate any equations for the R&D presentation on "reduction" because the two albums I use to actually teach with introduce reduction in a much more organic way. We might be "reducing" right from the beginning of addition rather than bringing it up special sometime after multiplication as R&D does. Our fraction notebook is formated to allow for reduction.
The files are named by operation and then by presentation number in the R&D album. If you aren't using that album, it shouldn't matter because you'll know what you are dealing with as soon as you see each file.
If someone could find and open one of these files for me and let me know that THEY WORK in the comments, I would really be appreciative. I originally called these "downloads" but that doesn't really describe the way Google Docs works. The files are always there at that link and free, but the program doesn't enable everyone to save them to their own computers. You can visit Google Docs as often as you like and print away!