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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Do You Need Some FREE Ideas to Teach Fractions?

Are you looking for some fun activities to teach students about equivalent fractions?

Read below for 12 free teaching ideas!

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Watch this video for six activity ideas to teach equivalent fractions! 

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And now for 6 more ideas...


#7 Pizza and Paper Plates

Pizza is always a high interest topic for students. 

Student may create their own pizzas with paper plates.

Step 1:  Students color the outer edge of the paper plate for the crust.
Step 2: Students color the inner circle of the paper plate for the sauce.
Step 3: Students cut various shapes from colored construction paper for pizza toppings and glue them onto the "sauce".
Step 4:  When the pizza is dry, turn it over and draw lines for equal fractional parts.  For example, for fourths, draw a line vertically and horizontally.  Cut the pizza.
Step 5: Students may make several kinds of pizza to demonstrate different fractions. (halves, fourths, sixths and eighths)

Click the picture to head over to this blog to see how a paper plate pizza is made:

 paper plate pizza fractions

If you're not feeling crafty or don't have classroom time for it, you may wish to purchase these great resources from our Amazon Associate store:

 pizza fractions for kids math centers stations

 magnetic pizza fractions for kids

You may also like these printable worksheets from our TpT store:

 pizza fractions worksheets for 3rd 4th grade math

free fractions pizza worksheets

Click HERE to download a free fractions worksheet.


#8 Playing Cards

Fractions Game - Click HERE for free directions.


Click HERE for directions to play a SLAP FRACTIONS game from Education World.

 fractions games with playing cards


You may also like these fractions playing cards:

 fractions playing cards

This 49-card set corresponds exactly to a set of Fraction Bars. Excellent for moving students from the concrete Fraction Bars model to the abstract conceptualization of fractions.


#9 Task Cards

Brain research supports the connection between movement and learning. Evidence from imaging sources, anatomical studies, and clinical data shows that moderate movement enhances cognitive processing. Task cards offer an easy way to allow movement in the classroom while increasing student achievement!

These FREE samplers will help get you started!

 3rd grade fractions free task cards games

 free 5th grade math fractions task cards games activities

 how to use task cards in your classroom


#10 Journal Writing 

Students may write fraction word problems in their math journals. On the top half of the left side, have the students write a word problem with fractions. On the bottom half of the left side, draw a picture to represent the word problem.  On the top half of the right side, the students will write key details and  a number sentence for the problem. On the bottom half of the right side, students will solve the problem and check their work.

 math journals

 steps to solving math word problems

Here are some fraction word problems to help get your students started:

 fraction word problems

Click HERE for even more printable word problems.


#11 Online Fraction Games 

There are many great websites for free online fraction games. 


#12 Cyberchase Fraction Videos

Click HERE for free fun videos that introduce numerators, denominators and fractions.

 fractions videos for kids


You may also like these Amazon Associate fraction resources:

 equivalent fractions cubes


 sand and water table




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