Teaching Fractions: Tips, Tricks, and Great Web Sites!

Jo - Sunday, October 12, 2008, 12:12 pm
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I am writing this blog because my son has been frustrated between simplifying fractions and comparing fractions with uncommon denominators.

What is a fraction?

Answer: A fraction is a number that names part of a whole or group.

What is a numerator?

Answer: A numerator is the top number in a fraction: (for example: 1/2)

What is a denominator?

Answer: A denominator is the bottom number in a fraction (for example: 1/2).

How do you add fractions with common denominators?

Answer: Just add the numerators and the denominators stay the same! (for example: 3/6 + 2/6 = 5/6)

How do you subtract fractions with common denominators?

Answer: Just subtract the numerators and the denominators stay the same! (for example: 3/6 – 2/6 = 1/6)

How do you add or subtract fractions with uncommon denominators? (for example: 2/3 + 3/6 = ? or 2/2 – 3/6 = ?)

Answer: Before you can add or subtract fractions with uncommon denominators, you first have to change the fractions so that all fractions being added or subtracted have the same denominator. This can be a little tricky. The Web sites below are awesome:

How do you compare fractions?

Answer: Comparing fractions can be tricky. Check out the Web sites below for great examples and explanations:

How do you simplify or reduce fractions?

Answer: A simplest form of a fraction is a fraction where the only common factor of the numerator and the denominator is 1.

How do you multiply fractions?

Answer: Just multiply the numerators and denominators of the fractions and reduce the answer to its simplest form if needed.

How do you divide fractions?

Answer: Just multiply the numerators and denominators AFTER flipping the second fraction and then reduce to simplest form if needed.

What are equivalent fractions?

Answer: Equivalent fractions are fractions that represent the same number (for example: 1/4 = 3/12).

What are mixed numbers?

Answer: A mixed number is a number that combines whole number and a fraction (for example: 2 5/6).

What are improper fractions?

Answer: An improper fraction is when the numerator is bigger than the denominator; making the number larger than one (for example: 12/3).

No wonder children are confused when it comes to fractions; you get them mixed, have to simplify them, reduce them, and add, subtract, multiply, and divide them…and that’s only the beginning. Yikes!!!!

I’ll cover how to change fractions into decimals and percentages in another blog.

I hope this information helps the children you are teaching as it has for my son.

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30 Responses, Leave a Comment
  1. alayna
    22 January 2009, 1:55 pm

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  2. Ashish John
    18 February 2009, 7:03 am

    Great teaching my daughter her fractions

  3. seanna johnson
    24 February 2009, 4:14 pm

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  4. Kaitlyn
    24 March 2009, 5:01 pm

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  5. Cass
    12 June 2009, 10:21 am

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  6. Becky G
    25 January 2010, 6:21 pm

    Thank you so much for the information on comparing unlke fractions – it is so hard for me to try to scale back and explain this fundamentally to my 4th grader. This makes it crystal clear! Awesome

  7. Javier O
    02 February 2010, 9:29 pm

    Thank you very much, I was going crazy trying to teach son how to simplify a fraction.

  8. pinta
    23 February 2010, 1:28 pm

    Thank you very much for this great info; it’s simple, clear and help me a lot

  9. puppy luv
    16 May 2010, 11:34 am

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  10. Zora
    15 September 2010, 8:14 pm

    Hey –
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  11. Salmaan
    09 May 2011, 11:28 am

    Great site. Helped me a lot while teaching my daughter. Thanks

  12. Torte
    25 July 2011, 2:32 am

    Thank you I freaked when my maths teacher said we were studying fractions. I copied this down into the back of my book and it really helps. No offence to my teacher but he never really helped or explained things in a way I understood like this site has :) ta

  13. Angela
    31 July 2011, 2:35 pm

    I am a 31 year old college student, who when asked by my younger brother if I would help him preparing for the Math section of the GED, thought it would be a breeze. I found it had been such a long time ago that I learned fractions, that I had no clue where to even start from. Your site has made it possibe to teach him what he needs to know to pass this test. Thank you.

  14. Shihara
    25 September 2011, 11:18 am

    Thank you for making a great site. It was very easy for me to teach fractions to my daughter. And she understood it very well.

  15. Nancy
    08 February 2012, 11:12 pm

    Now I can easily get my finest marks in maths paper,and thank you to make this website.

  16. Andrea
    01 March 2012, 3:58 pm

    Thank you! This is a very helpful summary.

  17. MInu Rastogi
    02 March 2012, 10:05 am

    My son is struggling a bit with fractions and I just found your site which might help him to understand Equivalent Fractions and ordering fractions a little better. I will show it to him this afternoon. Thank you so much. I really think you have a great site.

  18. Katie
    24 May 2012, 5:08 pm

    This is great. Thank you so much for putting this together! I’m tutoring a friend’s kid in math, and she’s been having a lot of frustration with this stuff, so I’ve been looking for approaches that are more digestible than how her math book covers it. This has been a big help.

  19. Lucy
    27 July 2012, 3:34 am

    This website is awesome! :D

  20. lannie
    27 January 2013, 6:08 am

    Great help to the beginners. Precise and simple examples to easily recall. thank you

  21. Jo
    18 March 2013, 1:52 pm

    At the time, my son was having trouble understanding fractions, decimals, and all the details associated with them. Glad it helped you!

  22. mariam
    19 March 2013, 2:37 pm

    thank’s for a smart summary

  23. Michelle
    17 April 2013, 7:55 am

    Thank you. That was very helpful

  24. Deeps
    15 June 2013, 5:00 am

    Thankyou, at least now I can explain it to my daughter!
    Very helpful

  25. Sunita
    08 August 2013, 3:56 am

    Thanks a ton for explaining this in detail. Now I can use it while teaching my child. It is really simple to understand. Appreciate all your efforts.

  26. jd
    16 August 2013, 6:21 pm

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  27. joyce
    17 August 2013, 11:35 am

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    17 August 2013, 11:36 am

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  29. Gen
    22 November 2013, 11:41 am

    I’m recapping before I go in for placement testing, and every site I found was a mess! This is the first direct guide that explains everything simply.

  30. TP
    17 December 2013, 3:14 pm

    This was very helpful – thanks a lot

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