# Fraction Patterns

Updated: 9/26/2019
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### Introduction to Fractions

By Anna Warfield

Fractions are often misunderstood. Making the switch from whole numbers to parts and wholes can be very difficult for young minds. It is mind-boggling for some to learn that there are numbers between the counting numbers! Fractions is a topic with which many students struggle throughout elementary and middle school, so it is important that students have a thorough understanding of what fractions are, estimating and comparing amounts visually and numerically, and recognizing reasonable answers.

### Introduction to Fractions

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Introduction to Fractions Activities |Graphic Organizers for Math

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• Fractions show equal parts.
• Shapes can be split evenly in many ways.
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• Sometimes the new shapes look very different.
• The shares must be the same size. This picture DOES NOT show 1/2.
• Each part is the same size and has the same value.
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• Wholes can be split into more than two equal parts.
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• We can split this square up in more than one way.
• This does not show 1/3 because the three parts are not equal.
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• Sometimes it is hard to tell when the parts are not equally sized. Look carefully!
• Squares have four sides and split into four parts easily.
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• All parts together make one whole.
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• Remember that the shape of the part can be very different from the whole.
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• Sometimes fraction images can be complicated.
• Can you guess what fraction of the whole the red piece is?
• Count carefully! The original shape does not decide the number of parts in the whole.
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