Originally Posted by villageidiot1
It may be possible but it is not happening. I am subbing today for a 5th grade math teacher and many of the students are struggling with adding, subrtracting and dividing fractions, and basic multipication and division. As I walk around the class, I see kids counting on their fingers. This is not uncommon. In many of the classes where I sub, many students are can only do basic math problems if they use a calculator.
This is the problem that my first two 5th grade classes had problems with today:
1/9 + 2/5 =
That may be because it is only in 5th grade that adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators is introduced. It may be that this was a relatively new skill for them.
Equivalent fractions are introduced in 3rd or 4th grade and adding fractions with like denominators is probably done in 4th.