Math and the C-P-A Approach:
We Never Learned It This Way!
C-P-A, or Concrete, Pictorial, and Abstract, is the progression through which we introduce math concepts to students. The video below, of Dr. Yip Ban Har, explains what the C-P-A approach is...
The C-P-A approach was developed from years of examining the research of the most influential educational theorists.
These are some examples of concrete objects we use to teach addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals.
The following video is an example of a fractions lesson (adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators) using concrete objects.