Fraction Resources
There is no need to minimize the importance of mathematics just because you need a little help teaching fractions. If your child needs fractions help, rely on these fractions games to learn the tricky subject while they still have a good time. Playing with their surroundings is a great way to learn complex math skills and keep math interesting at the same time.
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Working with fractions can be very tricky. Different ages and levels require different strategies.
For younger children, visualization helps a lot. They can count on a divided pie or a square broken into rows. Using a pencil to color in the fraction allows children to count the total number of slices and compare it to the fraction of slices. It helps them to see how the numbers correspond to the images. Using visualization gives them confidence so they can more successfully tackle the numerical fraction problems.
For older children in fourth or fifth grade, some of the problems they must do are complex. Making visualizations for every problem would be too time consuming. But spatial learning is still important. Encourage them to think of their blank piece of paper as a canvas on which they can work. Have them write the problem out for themselves at the top of the page. Then, break down every step of the work. For example, if your child is adding fractions that do not have matching denominators, they cannot add them easily right away. There are at least two steps in finding the solution. Take space for each of these steps. This "permission" to use up the space on the page shows them that they donâ€™t have to be able to hold the whole problem in their heads. If they are very organized, they might solve the problem by writing out their steps line by line. If they are more creative, they might want to solves steps off to the side. Either way, using the space on the page helps children feel ownership of the problem and helps them lower any anxiety they might feel about math.
Need some review? Go back and take a look at our resources on division.