The resources in this trail aim to enrich the experiences of
children who are just being introduced to fractions.
Using the picture of the fraction wall, can you find equivalent
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.
How can you cut a doughnut into 8 equal pieces with only three cuts
of a knife?
Can you find different ways of showing the same fraction? Try this matching game and see.
Use the fraction wall to compare the size of these fractions -
you'll be amazed how it helps!
Investigate the successive areas of light blue in these diagrams.
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?
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?
A task which depends on members of the group noticing the needs of others and responding.
An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
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?
Match the halves.
Written for teachers, this article describes four basic approaches children use in understanding fractions as equal parts of a whole.
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
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.
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. . . .
These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?
Can you work out how many apples there are in this fruit bowl if you know what fraction there are?
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?
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 split each of the shapes below in half so that the two parts are exactly the same?
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.