Fraction Patterns

Updated: 9/26/2019
Fraction Patterns
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Fractions Lesson Plans

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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