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  • Misty Lake

    retrieved M, 10/20/14: Butterfly Fractions = "Adding and Subtracting Fractions with the Butterfly Method"

  • Nancy G

    Butterfly method for adding and subtracting fractions. Cause Momma needs help with the 4th grade math.....

  • Isis McReynolds

    Butterfly method for adding and subtracting fractions - cute, as long as they understand WHY it works

  • AllieFaye

    Butterfly method for adding and subtracting fractions. seriously why all of a sudden do teachers feel the need to make stuff more complicated then they need to be?!?! this is stupid!

  • Lori Foster

    (Math- fractions) Butterfly method for adding and subtracting fractions

  • Amy Fedele Russo

    Butterfly method for adding and subtracting fractions; ADDING FRACTIONS

  • Pam McConnell
    Pam McConnell • 3 years ago

    I homeschool and I love the fun side of this theory, but it is dangerous to use it as an exclusive means to solving fractional equations. They WILL need to know how to determine common denominators later in school. Another danger, that would apply to my son, is if he thought he knew a short cut he would apply it all the time, even for problems that would need done the traditional way. He will do anything to make his math "easier", hence he would only remember the "short cut". I'm no mathematician; I too struggle with, but the simpler way would make it more difficult later. I agree it could be used after fractions are mastered as a quicker solution.

  • Keelee Mitchel
    Keelee Mitchel • 3 years ago

    Always good to have several strategies on hand for someone who just doesn't quite understand

  • Elizabeth D
    Elizabeth D • 2 years ago

    I don't think you do any favors by teaching a trick without the real understanding. And, it takes repetition, again and again.

  • David Barzaga
    David Barzaga • 1 year ago

    It reminds me of my school days.

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