Fractions and Parts of a Whole Resources
By describing fractions as part of a whole, students will learn as they practice that a fraction's value is different than any they have worked with before. These graphicfilled worksheets and word problems help visual learners and those that need to see reallife applications of a lesson to learn. Get more practice with our fractions and parts of a set resources.
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There are two parts to any fraction: the numerator and the denominator. Most of the time, these fractions are written vertically, with the numerator written above the denominator, separated by a horizontal line, known as the Vinculum:
They can also be written horizontally, the numerator preceding the denominator, separated by a forward leaning slash:
Using the resources provided by Education.com can help your students get comfortable with this format.
When reading a fraction, the numerator represents the quantity of pieces of the whole and, as such, is read as a number. The denominator represents the name of the pieces. This name is decided based on number of pieces the whole has been broken into. One of two pieces is called a half. Any number of pieces beyond two and the piece name is the same as that numberâ€™s sequential name.
When teaching this concept to your students, it helps to use an object that most people are familiar with: a pizza. Divide the pizza into 4 pieces. At this point, explain to them that when you have all of the pieces, it represents the whole object, e.g. 4/4 pieces of pizza represent 1 whole pizza.