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Monday, May 18, 2015

Fun with Fractions

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In Excel Math we teach students how to use fractions, percentages and decimal numbers. Let's see how it's done (there are many ways).

First, what is a fraction?

The word fraction is used to describe one or more equal parts of a group. When we cut a pie or pizza or anything into equal parts, we create fractions of the whole.

The numerator is the top number (above the line).

It tells how many parts of the equal whole you are describing:

numerator

The denominator is the bottom number (below the line).
It tells into how many parts the whole has been cut or divided:

The fraction one-fourth can be notated as a colored box:

denominator

fraction box

or as various shapes.

colored circle

Since 1 of the 4 parts is shaded (in both examples), the numerator is 1. There are four total parts so the denominator is 4.

Fraction worksheet


Download a free fraction practice worksheet for your students. Have them shade the indicated fractional part of each group. Do the first problem together.

For problem #2, they are to put an X on the fractional part. Do that problem together. Then let them complete the remaining problems on their own or in pairs. When they are finished, talk about how they solved each problem. Encourage discussion.

For more on fractions, read our previous post, Friday Sale: 25% off All Your Problems! If you need teaching suggestions for equivalent fractions, start with these posts:

Recognizing Equivalent Representations of Fractions
Equivalent Representations of Fractions: Money 
Equivalent Representations of Fractions: Music

New to Excel Math? Preview elementary math lessons that really work for Kindergarten through Sixth Grade on our website: www.excelmath.com. More than just worksheets, Excel Math lessons include hands-on visuals and manipulatives, stretches (brainteasers), cooperative learning activities, interactive opportunities (including Projectable Lessons) and three versions of the Excel Math Teacher Edition:

Common Core Edition 

Texas Edition (TEKS aligned—STAAR ready)

Standard Edition (Non Common Core)

Also find math resources for teachers, parents and students plus download a sample packet at excelmath.com.

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