# Mastering Fractions | Article #1 in a Series

## MASTERING FRACTIONS

Nothing seems to stump students as much as fractions. You already know this, or you wouldn’t be reading this article. But it’s interesting to note that the Wall Street Journal thought it newsworthy.

## FRACTIONS DEFINED

A fraction is simply a part of a whole. Mathematically we write this using two numbers and a fraction bar. My Numerators are red and the Denominators are blue ALWAYS. Don’t forget, the Denominator is a whole that is EVENLY, EQUALLY divided.

## USING COLOR in the CLASSROOM

I LOVE to color code in math. Why? Because it’s a way to enhance the visual representation. In layman’s terms that means it’s easier to remember. Don’t believe me? Advertisers know color, when used strategically, sells. Think of **UPS**. ** Coca-Cola**.

**Starbucks**.

**McDonald’s**.

**Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness**. So I’m going to apply this great marketing strategy to math specifically with fractions. Read more about Using Color in the Classroom here.

EXAMPLE USING ONE FOURTH

**Word Form:**

### One Fourth

or

One over Four

**Traditional Standard Form:**

**using a Fraction Bar:**

**on a Number Line:**

**in Part of a Group:**

**using a Fraction Circle:**

FRACTIONS in the REAL WORLD

Understanding and manipulating fractions are absolutely essential skills in life. Did you notice that we use them with time, “quarter ’til”, and money, a “half dollar”? Chefs use measuring cups in baking and cooking. Builders and carpenters measure down to the one eighth, sometimes even one sixteenth, of an inch. What about in sports?

## MIND BLOWN

Have you realized that One Fourth is the same as One Divided by Four? The Fraction Bar is also a Division Symbol. So in baseball, batting averages are hits divided by attempts at bat. All stats are Decimals or Percentages related to Fractions.

## and THAT’S NOT ALL

This is just the first article in the Mastering Fractions Series. Please read our second post about Fractions. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel, and stay tuned for the next post. Please leave a comment if this was helpful for you.

*Mrs Math*

Definitely need to tune in to those YouTube videos! Fractions are not by best subject and that is putting it lightly!

If you watch those videos and you’re still struggling, please email me at mrs@mrandmrsmath.com.

This is really helpful. My nephew used to live with me and struggled with fractions. This would have been a great resource!

What a bummer that it’s a little late for him. Is he still taking math classes?

As my oldest is getting closer to her division days, I love the color coding tip. I struggle explaining math to her because I process it differently than she does. I am more of a put the puzzle together thinker and she is more of an artistic thinker. I think the colors will help her a lot!

Thank you for commenting. The longer I teach, the more I realize how differently students learn. I hope this does help her. Follow me on Pinterest, where I always pin when I create a new post. I videos on YouTube, and I want to create a written article with pictures to explain my videos.