Fractions as Numbers

Recommended Practice: Use number lines to develop student understanding of fractions as numbers.

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Recognizing Fractions as Numbers

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Watch this multimedia overview explaining why number lines are recommended as a central representational tool to teach students about fractions and how teachers can help students understand...

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A Teacher’s Perspective: How to Use the Practice Guide

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Laurie Thompson served as a practitioner representative on the IES panel for teaching fractions. In this interview she describes how she first became aware of the importance of using a number line...

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Number Lines: A Key Representational Tool

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Dr. Yukari Okamoto describes the misconceptions that students have about fractions and how to help them understand fractions’ place in the number system. She demonstrates instructional approaches...

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Multiple Interpretations of Fractions

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Professor Jonathan Brendefur describes how he helps teachers understand and teach different interpretations of fractions. He explains the importance of explicitly teaching about various...

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School Example

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Fractions on a Number Line

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A fourth-grade teacher describes students’ challenges in moving from a part-whole interpretation of fractions to seeing them as numbers. Student pairs work on locating fractions and decimal and...

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Making and Using Fraction Strips

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Watch how a third-grade teacher introduces unit fractions through a game that involves “covering up” a unit with fractional parts. Directions for two variations of the game are included in Fraction...

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Using a Number Line to Teach Fractions

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Elementary school teachers demonstrate the use of an open number line with two scales for adding and subtracting fractions and explain why the open number line can be a valuable tool for students...

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Partitive and Measurement Fraction Problems

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Dr. Brendefur uses two context problems to distinguish between partitive and measurement fraction problems. These two slides illustrate the differences between the two problems and demonstrate the...

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Sample Material

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Frank's Fresh Farm Produce

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View a problem assigned to elementary school students that required the use of a double number line, and the solutions that groups of students developed. View the students working on the problem in...

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Fraction Tracks Game

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Fifth graders play this game to practice working with equivalent fractions, as seen in Fraction Game on Number Lines. Included are a game board and instructions for the game, including how to...

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Sample Material

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Fraction Strip Game: Cover Up

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A third-grade teacher uses this game to help students understand unit fractions and equivalences. Students work in pairs, following instructions to play two variations of the game. Making and Using...

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Learning Together About Number Lines

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Math coaches can present this workshop to primary- and intermediate-grade teachers to demonstrate the versatile uses of number lines in explaining fraction concepts. Related Files and...

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