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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

How to Teach Fractions 5th Grade

 Dividing Fractions by Fractions on a 
Number Line or with Visual Models

So why should we use number lines to teach students how to divide fractions?

 Number lines help students identify fractions as a quantity, not just a top number and bottom number. They also help students learn WHY the answer is correct and makes sense.

For example, younger students easily learned that 8 divided by 2 simply meant how many groups of 2 make 8.

It is the same for dividing fractions. 

2/4 divided by 1/8 simply means how many one-eighths make 2/4.

Number lines make this easy!

Here is a video showing this process:

Here is another video showing a little different way of dividing fractions on a number line by first using a common denominator:

After your students understand the PROCESS of dividing fractions, you can teach them the shortcut: Keep, Switch, Flip

Here are some FREE worksheets in printable or digital format 
to get you started:

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