Written for teachers, this article describes four basic approaches children use in understanding fractions as equal parts of a whole.
This article, written for primary teachers, links to rich tasks which will help develop the underlying concepts associated with fractions and offers some suggestions for models and images that help. . . .
Who first used fractions? Were they always written in the same way? How did fractions reach us here? These are the sorts of questions which this article will answer for you.
Use the fraction wall to compare the size of these fractions -
you'll be amazed how it helps!
A task which depends on members of the group noticing the needs of others and responding.
Can you find ways to make twenty-link chains from these smaller chains?
Can you find combinations of strips of paper which equal the length of the black strip? If the length of the black is 1, how could you write the sum of the strips?
Investigate the successive areas of light blue in these diagrams.
There are three tables in a room with blocks of chocolate on each. Where would be the best place for each child in the class to sit if they came in one at a time?
Can you work out how many apples there are in this fruit bowl if you know what fraction there are?
Can you find different ways of showing the same fraction? Try this matching game and see.
Watch the video to see how to fold a square of paper to create a flower. What fraction of the piece of paper is the small triangle?
The large rectangle is divided into a series of smaller quadrilaterals and triangles. Can you untangle what fractional part is represented by each of the ten numbered shapes?
How can these shapes be cut in half to make two shapes the same
shape and size? Can you find more than one way to do it?
This problem challenges you to work out what fraction of the whole area of these pictures is taken up by various shapes.
An activity for teachers to initiate that adds to learners' developing understanding of fractions.
In how many ways can you halve a piece of A4 paper? How do you know they are halves?
This article, written by Nicky Goulder and Samantha Lodge, reveals
how maths and marimbas can go hand-in-hand! Why not try out some of
the musical maths activities in your own classroom?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
How can you cut a doughnut into 8 equal pieces with only three cuts
of a knife?
Annie cut this numbered cake into 3 pieces with 3 cuts so that the
numbers on each piece added to the same total. Where were the cuts
and what fraction of the whole cake was each piece?
Using the picture of the fraction wall, can you find equivalent fractions?
An interactive game to be played on your own or with friends.
Imagine you are having a party. Each person takes it in turns to
stand behind the chair where they will get the most chocolate.
Can you split each of the shapes below in half so that the two parts are exactly the same?
Match the halves.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?