Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Introducing Fraction Concepts

This week we will explore books that can be used to teach fraction concepts. First up Fraction Fun by David A. Adler teaches the basic concept that a fraction is a part of something. In Apple Fractions by Jerry Pallotta different varieties of apples are used to demonstrate halves, thirds, fourths etc. Whole-y Cow: Fractions Are Fun by Taryn Souders introduces fractions both as part of a whole and part of a group.

Teaching Tip
Use apples to replicate the demonstrations in Apple Fractions. Not only are apples a healthy treat, they can easily be halved, quartered and compared.

Click here to have students explore equivalent fractions using an Illuminations activity.

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