Monday, November 19, 2012

Fraction Command Cards: Free Printables

Please follow the links at the end of this post to reach the files (many) for prepared equations for fractions.  Some albums call these command cards.  I think of something else when I think "command cards" so I would rather call these prepared equations.



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"):

x/7*1=5/7
5/7*1=x/7
5/7*x=5/7
x/7=5/7*1
5/7=x/7*1
5/7=5/7*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!




Montessori Monday

27 comments:

  1. I want to thank you for this awesome and generous sharing!

    I am unable to access the files. Did you provide the right access?

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  2. OK....I am seriously excited about this!!!! I will let you know if they work (unless someone beats me to it)! :) Thank you Thank you for all your hard work!

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  4. Mommy to the Princesses,

    I just changed another setting, so try again. I had set the access to EACH file as shared, but when I tried to share them as a batch the "link was too long" and broke. So, I put the files in five folders and shared each folder. Apparently though all the FILES were shared, the folders may have been locked. So....try again and let me know if it worked. If it doesn't tell me specifically what happens when you click on the link.

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  5. Worked fine now and the problem tickets look amazing! Thanks.

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing your hard work. I ove the size you made them:) We will be using these with out fraction work for sure.

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  7. These are GREAT! You spent a LOT of time on these ;)

    For the mixed numbers, I've never used prepared strips at all, because by that time, they are really making up their own numbers and finding their own patterns (my son had a love for the number 9 for the longest - so all math work had 9s all over the place - it was great for finding patterns and then I could provide a gentle suggestion of "I wonder if the same pattern holds true for 7s or 5s -- and then he's off on other numbers). So that might be an area to save yourself some time ;)


    I do agree these are "equation" cards versus "command cards" though I kind of see why someone might call them "command cards" (they are telling the child what to do...).

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  8. I am ever so grateful for your hard work and generosity. Thank you! I am downloading as I type. I'll print some out too - we are already working on equivalencies. I especially love that we can write right on them after laminating. Thanks for making them that big.

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  9. I downloaded at first as PDFs but that didn't work. It changed the formatting so I couldn't read it. i tried then as a word document and the formatting has squares instead of blanks. If you print from the Google Docs, it prints fine, the way it appears on the Google Docs itself. I will try downloading the file with each of the formats it gives as options to see which works better, but will probably just end up printing them all from the Google docs.

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  10. TGwPT,

    Maybe it's the way I use Google Docs, there may be a way around it, but I think that is how this kind of file sharing works. The files are always there online, I think you can add them to your own list of docs on Google docs, but I don't think you can pull them off of Google docs. You would just visit and print whenever you need them (I don't plan on ever taking them down). So, save the link. I changed the title of the post to reflect this better. I guess I shouldn't call them "free downloads" when you can't actually download them. I'll just call them "printables."

    If anyone with more Google Docs knowledge than I have has any advice, I am all ears.

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  11. What amazing work! Thanks SO MUCH for sharing your fraction printables! I featured your printables as the Free Printable of the Day at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/LivingMontessoriNow (and on Pinterest)

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  12. Thank you so so so much for sharing this. I'm just at the beginning of the lovely road called Montessori Fractions and am really thankful to have your help!! You've been a huge time saver!! Thank you!

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  13. I am giving up.
    I am unable to print or download the three 11th presentations (substraction, multiplication and division). I think they are too big. I cannot find another reason for this.
    has anybody been able to print those?

    thank you!

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  14. Can someone let Neptune know if they have been able to print the 11th presentations? I obviously was able to on my end. These are not documents that I created on my computer and uploaded to the web (to Google documents). They are created on the web for use on the web so I *think* I see exactly what all of you see. However, it is nearly impossible for me to see them NOT as myself because in order to log into Google docs I obviously log in as myself, so I count on you all to let her know.

    On my Mac there is sometimes more than one way to ask the document to print. I can use the print function ON Google docs or I can ask my computer to print from the tabs at the top of my desktop on my computer (they change according to what I have open). I know when I print from the web I have better luck using whatever print function the page is providing than the tabs at the top of my desktop. If you have been using one, try the other.

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  15. Also, there is more than one way to print even inside Google docs...one by clicking on the printer icon, the other by going to "print" under the file tab. I just tried it the second way and it took 30 seconds for all pages to load in the preview but then I was able to start printing successfully.

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  16. I just tried the 11th presentation of subtraction, and it does seem to just pretend to download. I got around this by choosing print from the drop down box and then in my own dialog box, I chose save instead of print. I was able to save it as a PDF file that way.

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  17. Oh, Holy Cow! I just used up the entire rainforest printing these out. ;) Thanks so much for sharing all of these!

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  18. Great work setting these up.

    I needed to click "add to drive" and view the folder contents in My Drive in order to view these correctly and print them. They didn't view or print correctly right from the linked page.

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    1. Thank you for posting that. I just went through that with someone on Facebook lately but not here. I think Drive changed the way they are accessed. They used to print from link but now the link is the same (I tried getting new links) but you have to go through that extra step to print properly. Hopefully if anyone else gets stuck your comment will help them.

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  19. yup...it was weird, because they don't view properly. It is like the fraction parts of the cards aren't there....they ARE there...you just can't see them unless you view them in "my drive." I was going to message you and tell you that your cards look funny, but they don't. They are fine. and they will hopefully help us finish up this part of the fractions sequence. Thanks!!

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  20. oh and these aren't linked to your ultimate materials collaboration page. I went looking there first.

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  21. I'm desperately trying to get these files! Even in my drive all that I see is a bunch of equal signs. Help anyone!?!

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    1. I don't think you've gone far enough along the process. Click on the link. You'll see a bunch of equal signs. Click on "open in drive." You'll see a bunch of equal signs. Click on the file and ACTUALLY OPEN IT. You will see the file. Let me know if it works. However, if it doesn't I can't help you. The files were created in Google Docs and I believe that means there they stay.

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  22. I just accessed these file successfully. In case anyone is having similar trouble on an iPad, I will mention that not only did I have to download to my drive, then open IN drive, but I also had to reformat drive to be the desktop version not the mobile one. Thank you for making these available!!!

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  23. This is a great help! Thanks for doing all the formatting as this would have taken me FOREVER! So thank you for sharing your hard work!
    I noticed that when I open the links in Google Drive, that you have to click the" pop out" icon on the top right. A window or tab will come up and you'll see the correct format in which you made it. That might help others :)

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  24. I can't get the 11th presentation (the huge files) to download at all. Has anyone had success with these particular ones. The rest are just fine as long as I open them in my drive, etc., etc.
    Thanks so much again MBT, these are saving me an incredible amount of work.

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    1. Are you using a desktop computer? I just tried it and it opened just fine.

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