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# To calculate by selecting operations appropriate to solving problems

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## Memorandum

INTRODUCTION

The learning programme for grade six consists of five modules:

1. Number concept, Addition and Subtraction

2. Multiplication and Division

3. Fractions and Decimal fractions

4. Measurement and Time

5. Geometry; Data handling and Probability

• It is important that educators complete the modules in the above sequence, as the learners will require the knowledge and skills acquired through a previous module to be able to do the work in any subsequent module.

COMMON AND DECIMAL FRACTIONS (LO 1; 2 AND 5)

LEARNING UNIT 1 FOCUSES ON COMMON FRACTIONS

• This module continues the work dealt with in grade 5. Addition and subtraction of fractions are extended and calculation of a fraction of a particular amount is revised.
• Check whether the learners know the correct terminology and are able to use the correct strategies for doing the above correctly.
• Critical outcome 5 (Communicating effectively by using visual, symbolic and /or language skills in a variety of ways) is addressed.
• It should be possible to work through the module in 3 weeks.
• ** Activity 17 is designed as a portfolio task. It is a very simple task, but learners should do it neatly and accurately. They must be informed in advance of how the educator will be assessing the work.
• LEARNING UNIT 2 FOCUSES ON DECIMAL FRACTIONS
• This module extends the work that was done in grade 5. Learners should be able to do rounding of decimal fractions to the nearest tenth, hundredth and thousandth. Emphasise the use of the correct method (vertical) for addition and subtraction. Also spend sufficient time on the multiplication and division of decimal fractions.
• As learners usually have difficulty with the latter, you could allow 3 to 4 weeks for this section of the work.
• ** Activity 19 is a task for the portfolio. The assignment is fairly simple, but learners should complete it neatly and accurately. They must be informed in advance of how the educator will be assessing the work.

OWN METHOD

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## Content

### ACTIVITY: To calculate by selecting operations appropriate to solving problems [LO 1.8.3]

Do you remember what you told one another about the subtraction of fractions during the class discussions? You should know by now that it can be done in more than one way. Calculate the following by using the method you find easiest:

1.1 514514 size 12{5 { {1} over {4} } } {}378378 size 12{3 { {7} over {8} } } {}

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1.2 615615 size 12{6 { {1} over {5} } } {}27102710 size 12{2 { {7} over {"10"} } } {}

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1.3 312312 size 12{3 { {1} over {2} } } {}145145 size 12{1 { {4} over {5} } } {}

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1.4 456456 size 12{4 { {5} over {6} } } {}214214 size 12{2 { {1} over {4} } } {}

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TIME FOR SELF-ASSESSMENT

It is very important that you have a thorough understanding of the work we have done so far. Indicate how you feel about the work by placing a tick in the appropriate block:

 I can Altogether unsure Very unsure Slightly unsure Altogether sure simplify fractions. 1 2 3 4 do addition with fractions that have denominators that are multiples of one another (e.g. 1212 size 12{ { {1} over {2} } } {} + 2424 size 12{ { {2} over {4} } } {} ) (LO 1.8). 1 2 3 4 determine the smallest common multiple (common denominator) of two fractions(e.g. 1414 size 12{ { {1} over {4} } } {} + 1515 size 12{ { {1} over {5} } } {} ) and then add them together. (LO 1.8) 1 2 3 4 calculate the sum of two mixed numbers (e.g. 312312 size 12{3 { {1} over {2} } } {} + 214214 size 12{2 { {1} over {4} } } {} ). (LO 1.8) 1 2 3 4 correctly subtract fractions from one another. (LO 1.8) 1 2 3 4

## Assessment

Learning Outcome 1:The learner will be able to recognise, describe and represent numbers and their relationships, and to count, estimate, calculate and check with competence and confidence in solving problems.

Assessment Standard 1.8: We know this when the learner estimates and calculates by selecting and using operations appropriate to solving problems that involve:

1.8.3 addition and subtraction of common fractions with denominators which are multiples of each other and whole numbers with common fractions (mixed numbers).

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