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Tenth Planet's Comparing Using Ratio

Magazine article Curriculum Administrator

Tenth Planet's Comparing Using Ratio

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Tenth Planet's Comparing Using Ratio ***1/2

Sunburst Communications, Inc. www.sunburst.com 800-338-3457 Grade: 5-12 Teaches: math, ratios, equivalent fractions Platform: Runs on Win, Mac OS $99.95

Ratios, or the comparison of two quantities by multiplication or division, can be a tough concept for students to get their heads around. That's where a program like this can work magic. By combining good quality, entertaining videos with hands-on activities, the software leaves kids with a real understanding of how ratios actually work.

If you're familiar with the Tenth Planet programs, you'll recognize the classroom-friendly format. The program starts with a well designed video. This one features a kid named Eddie who shows how ratios work with things like basketball, glances from a cute girl and so on. Next there are four activities, each with three challenge levels. In Stretch and Shrink, children resize pictures by building frames of the right size, an outstanding way to introduce equivalent fractions. …

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