Fractions can be challenging when taught in an abstract way. That’s why this unit invites learners to engage with fractions and mixed numbers in very visual and concrete ways using number lines, tape diagrams and area models. Students will learn different strategies to practice identifying and generating equivalent fractions.
This lesson includes 5 printable learning activities.
Fractions on a Number Line 3 Fractions on a Number Line 3 will help students practice this key fifth grade skill.
Unlike Denominator Fractions This unlike denominator fraction game asks students to identify equivalent fractions and least common multiples. Then students add or subtract the new fractions to help Floyd get his new set of teeth at the dentist. Practice with fractions and tape diagrams, such as the one used in this game, helps to establish a strong math foundation in the higher grades. Fifth graders, in particular, can benefit from this type of practice.
Fractions and Tape Diagrams By using a tape diagram, students will be able to visualize fractions much more easily.
Gem Mining: Converting Improper and Proper Fractions Gem mining is a game that teaches converting improper to proper fractions. Students are tasked with helping Birdee uncover the gems in the mine by tapping on the rocks to match the mixed number shown. Students will practice the following fractions: halves, thirds, quarters, fifths, sixths, and eighths. Learning mixed numbers and improper fractions is a key math skill typically covered in the fifth grade.
Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions 3 After this final exercise in the series, students will be completely comfortable identifying and working with mixed numbers and improper fractions.
Decimal Fractions 2 Converting decimals to fractions is a lot easier for students once they have worked through this exercise.
Decimal Fractions and Percents Show students how to switch seamlessly back and forth from decimals to fractions to percents with this exercise.
Area and Unit Fractions Students will understand how to calculate the area of an object with unit fractions as its dimensions after completing this exercise.
Equivalent Fractions 3 Being able to pick out equivalent fractions will be much easier for students who complete this exercise.
Rectangular Fraction Models and Equivalence If your students need a different way to visualize fractions, show them this exercise on rectangular fraction models and equivalence.

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