Fractions lesson



Hi! Future Ticia 2024 here, as I slowly update my older posts with my new logo and maybe make the posts more helpful, occasionally I run into amusing older lessons. Like this fractions lesson. I didn’t ever write a lot of math lessons, so it was amusing to see this wildly popular lesson.

What were your thoughts about fractions when you were a kid?  Were you the “I’m scared of fractions, and can’t wait for the fractions lessons to be done” kid or were you the “These fractions lessons are fun, and I like the math puzzles” kid?

Fractions lesson for homeschool math

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My opinions on fractions

I have to admit I became more of the latter, while I was not so happy about it at first.  Saxon Math introduces fractions in 3rd grade, but it is in slow drips and drops, and my kids were just not getting the concepts they were showing.

fraction circles for a hands on touch

My kids need a hands-on fractions lesson

Enter Rainbow Fraction Circles {I think mine were about $5 at Mardel, so check prices}.  I knew they needed a bit more of a hands-on touch, and the cutting up squares and rectangles lesson from earlier (which I apparently deleted the pictures of, oops), did not penetrate their brains.

The deleted pictures fraction lesson

Future Ticia 2024 is going to give you a quick explanation.

Supplies needed: paper

  • Give each kid a piece of paper.
  • Fold the paper in half, and write the 1/2 fraction on each half.
  • Now give them another piece of paper, fold it in half, and then in half again. Write 1/4 on each of the pieces.
  • To make it a bit more solid, you could also cut it apart.
math corrections
Future Ticia is also not going to bother updating the logo because that would be too much work.

My drawing it out on the board worked briefly, but it wasn’t translating to different shapes.  I don’t know why, or the combining of different fractions.

Insert using fraction circles for our lesson

fractions lesson

So we played with them, figuring out what fractions went together and how.  What fractions will equal 1/2?  How many can I stuff onto that circle?

writing fractions

From the concrete model, we progressed to writing what they’d built.  They especially enjoyed this part because they were using the dry-erase boards.

playing with fractions

And suddenly the math that had been horribly boring and they hated to do it was fun.  Grins were abounding and kids were happily back to creating math problems.  I call that a win.

Now this lesson was one we did a few months ago, hence all the short sleeves because the middle of October was quite warm.  Now it’s freezing cold, and we’ve got a fire going, but I’m writing this to remind myself to take time to make it hands-on.  These past two months have been so busy that I haven’t been doing that with many of the concepts, and I can tell it’s not sinking in.  I have tactile learners, and I need to bring in that element if I want them to remember.

So, today I’m printing off a bunch of graph paper so I can show them multiplication and division in a hands-on way.  Now to hunt down some graph paper….


5 responses to “Fractions lesson”

  1. The fraction circles are neat. Our school starts fractions in first grade.

    I was not a fan of fractions as a kid.

    Stay warm!

  2. We are all “math is easy, and let’s move on to something more challenging” kind. Unfortunately, school seems to be stuck on “let’s slow down and make sure EVERYONE gets it” cycle, which kills enthusiasm big time. Smarty always draws fraction for herself when she is working out a fraction problem. I don’t recall doing it, but I am a text person, not a picture person.

  3. maryanne @ mama smiles Avatar
    maryanne @ mama smiles

    I love this way of teaching fractions! I’m definitely a more visual/tactile learner. I remember sometimes liking fractions and sometimes dreading them…

  4. Andrea @ No Doubt Learning Avatar
    Andrea @ No Doubt Learning

    I always learned with fraction strips – I love the circle idea and they’d be easy to make too 🙂

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