Mastering Fractions | Article #1 in a Series
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.
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. Facebook. 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
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?
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.