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# Math and Special Education Blog

## Modeling Fractions with an Area Model

### What is an area model?

An area model is a useful tool you can use to model certain fraction concepts. An area model is a square that you divide into equal-sized rectangles to represent a fraction. Keep reading to learn some math concepts you can model with fraction sticks and area models!

## Fractions on a Number Line

Any teacher (and parent!) can tell you that fractions are a stumbling block for many students. One major misconception arises when students don't fully understand that fractions are unique numbers, like decimals, that occupy a specific place on the number line. Just like 1 fits nicely in a spot on the number line, so does 1/2. Once students begin to see fractions as numbers, they are better equipped to understand that the same rules of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division apply to fractions, just like all other numbers.

Keep reading to receive two FREE handouts that I have used with my students to help them visualize fractions on a number line and learn tips for teaching fractions!

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## What is Dyscalculia?

Dyscalculia is a type of learning disability characterized by math difficulties. Children with dyscalculia are intelligent students who are talented in many ways, but need extra math help to succeed. At Luminous Learning, our mission is to provide the necessary supports for all students to achieve math success.

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