1/4 means one out of four EQUAL groups.
2/3 means two out of three EQUAL groups.
5/6 means five out of six EQUAL groups.
Fractions two ways:
1. Fractions of a whole region. This is using pictures to represent a fraction of a whole. Often it is a shape. Think of a cake or a pizza being divided into EQUAL parts.
2. Fractions of a whole collection. This is about sharing a collection of things EQUALLY. Think of 3 children sharing a dozen cookies. Each child would get 4 cookies. What fraction of the dozen does each child get? There are three EQUAL groups so each child gets 1/3 of the cookies. 1/3 of 12 cookies is 4 cookies. Watch OUT! Children often look at the number of things in each group and use that for their fraction. So in the above example, they say each child gets 1/4 because they see 4 cookies in each group. But 1/4 means one out of four EQUAL groups. There are NOT four groups!
Children need lots of practice with fractions! Find opportunities to demonstrate this at home when you are sharing things equally or dividing up a cake or pizza. There are also two interactive fraction games on Everyday Math Online.
Students must login to access these games. Refer to the card that was attached to your child's report card. Everyone's login is their first name and last initial followed by a randomly generated number. For example: John Smith might be johns53
All passwords are 123
Both games explore the relationship between fractions by comparing picture cards. In Fraction Top-It students find the larger fractions. In Equivalent Fraction Solitaire students find fractions that are equal.
We will take the unit test at the end of the week. Thank you for supporting your child's understanding of parts of a whole whether they be regions or collections.