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Monday, March 10, 2014

Science and Math- Mastering 5th Grade Math Review

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My family has had the opportunity to review ScienceandMath.com 


This DVD set focuses on mastering fractions.

What is ScienceandMath.com?

 Using step-by-step video lessons, ScienceandMath.com teaches math topics for students. There approach is to teach children through step by step instruction to help build a foundation of math using the videos and worksheets for reinforcement. 

In this video series, taught by Jason Gibson, he helps students understand the concepts surrounding fractions.
As he guides the student through the material being taught, he uses many example problems, explaining as he goes. After teaching through the video, he provides a separate DVD with printable worksheets for each lesson to help reinforce what was taught. Each fraction problem is more challenging as you work through each lesson to the end.


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Lesson 1: Review of Fraction Concepts
Lesson 2: Writing Fractions as Words
Lesson 3: Finding Factors of Numbers
Lesson 4: Finding the Greatest Common Factor
Lesson 5: Finding the GCF of 3 Numbers
Lesson 6: Prime Factorization
Lesson 7: Equivalent Fractions
Lesson 8: Renaming Fractions    
Lesson 9: Simplifying Fractions, Part 1
Lesson 10:
 Simplifying Fractions, Part 2
Lesson 11: Review of Improper Fractions
Lesson 12: Review of Mixed Fractions
Lesson 13: Writing Mixed Fractions as Improper Fractions
Lesson 14: Writing Improper Fractions as Mixed Fractions
Lesson 15: Thinking of Fractions as Division
Lesson 16: Writing Whole Numbers as Fractions


After receiving this DVD set I introduced it to my youngest son age 12 who I thought would be at this level of learning. To my surprise though, he had already surpassed the entire DVD before I ever had a chance to teach him. (for years my husband has been the math teacher) I was happy to see my son passed this level so we just decided to use it as a reinforcement of the concepts he already learned in the previous year.

He  reviewed the DVD, worked out the problems on each of the worksheets as a printable on the secondary disk provided with the video DVD and found it a great refresher course for him as well as for myself.


Lesson One:

Lesson One touches base on what is a fraction. Learning how to look at a symbol such as a circle or square that has been divided up into parts with some parts shaded. Very basic skill learning on the first lesson to introduce the concept of a fraction. This video also discusses numerator and denominator. The lesson includes 3 worksheets to reinforce the lesson. The first one helps you understand the shaded regions of a fraction, writing it out as a number. The second worksheet works on denominator and numerator reinforcement and the third worksheet gives you two to three fractions to choose the larger of the two on the top half of the worksheet and the bottom half you find the smaller fraction among the group.

Here is a video sample of the first lesson in Mastering 5th Grade Math below. A great way to check out how he uses the white board and some of the sample work as he teaches the concept.



Lesson Two:

Lesson Two shows us how to write out the numbered fraction. Taking 2/3 and writing it out as two thirds. 5/7 as five sevenths etc. This lesson includes 2 worksheets to help reinforce the lesson. The first one giving the fraction in numbers and your writing them down as words and the other in words and you translating them into the numbered fractions.

Lesson Three:

Lesson Three helps teach about finding factors of numbers. Since finding factors of numbers are used often in fractions, this lesson is a wonderful video to watch and learn. Finding the factor of 15 would be 1,3,5,15 as an example he gave on the video. This lesson includes three worksheets to reinforce the lesson being taught.

Lesson Four:

Lesson Four teaches Greatest Common Factor. Taking two numbers such as 6 and 9 and finding their greatest common factor.
6: 1,2,3,6
9: 1,3,9
The great common factor would be 3 which is the largest number they both have in common. This lesson contains 3 worksheets to reinforce the lesson.

Lesson Five:

Taking the same concept as Lesson Four but now he shifts in finding the Greatest Common Factor of three numbers. Using several examples to teach the concept and includes 2 worksheets to reinforce the lesson.

Lesson Six:

Lesson Six teaches about Prime Factorization. Using a wonderful format to easily understand with examples and three worksheets to reinforce the lesson. He shares that prime numbers can only be divided by itself and the #1.

Lesson Seven:

Lesson Seven talks about Equivalent Fractions. Showing the students that two different looking fractions could represent the same thing. This lesson includes 3 worksheets to reinforce the lesson.

Lesson Eight:

Lesson Eight discusses Renaming Fractions. When you multiply the top and bottom of a fraction by the same number, the fractions may look different but will add up to equal the same. Using easy to understand examples for you to understand how to find the missing fraction number of an equivalent fraction. There are 3 worksheets to enhance your learning of this lesson.

Here is a sample of worksheet 1 of 3 from Lesson 8

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 Here is another sample from Lesson 8. The third worksheet..


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Lesson Nine and Ten:

Lessons nine and ten are teaching the concept of simplifying fractions in two parts. Each lesson will give you three worksheets to help reinforce that concept being taught.

Lesson Eleven:

Lesson Eleven is a review of improper fraction. Teaching if the fraction is proper or improper. 2 worksheets are added for more practice.

Lesson Twelve:

Reviewing of Mixed Fractions is all about Lesson Twelve.  Showing you how to break down the numbers of a mixed fraction and to write it in words and show in pictures. This lesson has one worksheet for review.

Lesson Thirteen:

As we get farther into the lessons we start to learn about Writing Mixed Fractions as Improper Fractions in Lesson Thirteen, Writing Improper Fractions as Mixed Fractions in Lesson Fourteen. Each of these two lessons includes two worksheets to help reinforce the concept of each lesson being taught.


Lesson Fifteen:

Lesson Fifteen teaches about Thinking of Fractions as Division. Thinking about the division of the numerator by the denominator. After watching this lesson video you will have 2 worksheets to help reinforce the lesson.

Lesson Sixteen:

The last lesson in this video series is all about Writing Whole Numbers as Fractions. Every fraction has something to do with division so he is showing how to take a whole number and convert it into a fraction. This lesson includes two worksheets to reinforce the lesson.

This is a great video series for those that may not be able to teach these concepts. Jason shares each concept in an easy to understand format and with the worksheets really brings the concepts to life and makes it easy to understand and apply. I look forward to seeing more of these DVD's in the series.

There are four DVD sets in the Mastering 5th Grade Math series including:


1) Mastering 5th Grade Math, Vol 1
(Covers fraction concepts, simplifying fractions, improper fractions, mixed fractions, and more)


2) Mastering 5th Grade Math, Vol 2
(Covers adding and subtracting fractions, mixed numbers, word problems, and more)


3) Mastering 5th Grade Math, Vol 3
(Covers multiplying and dividing fractions, mixed numbers, word problems, and more)


4) Mastering 5th Grade Math, Vol 4
(Covers order of operations, decimals, multiplication, long division, and more)

The price for this DVD set is $14.99 for a downloadable copy and $15.99 for a shipped DVD copy. It includes one DVD which contains all the video lessons and one DVD that includes all the printable worksheets for each lesson.

This Mastering 5th Grade Math - Volume 1 - Fractions: is geared towards Grades 4-6

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