Fraction Face Off
- Fractions are an important skill to master before moving to more advanced math
- Curriculum helps fourth-graders who are struggling to understand fraction problems
- Program includes thirty-six lessons, taught three times a week for 12 weeks
Strength of evidence
Evidence level: Strong (second-highest tier)
Strong (second-highest tier)
Ranked as having the second-highest level of evidence by the U.S. Department of Education What Works Clearinghouse
Elementary school-aged children
$40 per print or electronic material set
- Not available
Outcomes and impact
- May increase student outcomes in geometry and measurement, number and operations, and general mathematics achievement
- Improved geometry and measurement outcomes by an average of 33 percentile points
- Improved number and operations outcomes by an average of 31 percentile points
- Improved general mathematics achievement outcomes by an average of 24 percentile points
Keys to successful implementation
- Ensure students are developing deep comprehension. Avoid teaching math shortcuts that yield the correct answer without requiring students to understand the underlying concepts.
- Ask questions that uncover the mental approaches students take when working through exercises. Correct common misconceptions as quickly as possible so they will not become ingrained.
- Train teachers to internalize the teaching script; they should know the scripts thoroughly but never read directly from them during class time.
- Provide extensive teacher training to ensure familiarity with the Fraction Face Off approach and methodology, along with guidance on corrective feedback.
- Encourage on-task behaviors and accurate work with a rewards-based behavioral management system.
- Implement the program for small group settings of 2-8 students. A full classroom version is currently under development.