We have covered 2 concepts with fractions.
1. fractions of a whole (equal parts)
2. fractions of collections (equal groups)
Fractions represent equal parts or equal groups!
No matter what fractional concept we are dealing with one thing remains the same, the meaning of the denominator . It represents the number of equal parts or equal groups. So it is essential that children identify the denominator to know how many equal parts or groups to make.
Tip: Children are encouraged to start by looking at the denominator and then dividing the whole into that many equal parts or dividing the collection into that many equal groups. They must start with the denominator! It is the key to fractions.
Don't forget that IXL has practice for fractions! See categories U.1 U.2 U.3 U.4 U.5 U.6