Fractions are so fascinating to me. In written form they can sometimes seem so complex, confusing, and bewildering.
But in reality they are so simple, full of interesting patterns, and logical, easy-to-comprehend mathematical truths.
Even a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old can easily see that 1/2 = 2/4ths = 4/8ths. When you can actually see the meaning behind the symbols, it is so easy to grasp and understand.
Parts of a whole (which is all that fractions are, really) is something all toddlers can easily grasp and appreciate.
I have recently spent a great bit of time this last week investing in making some great new fraction printables (posters for our memory binder, and manipulatives).
My main intent is to review them with my 8-year-old, as we are about to delve into a crash course on fractions review before he fully moves onto 6th grade. But my 2-year-old is super interested in them as well, and I’m sure he’ll be playing with them a significant amount in the near future.
Here are some features:
• The posters feature both pie charts & square charts, to visualize different ways of representing fractions
• Beneath each of the fractions are the following:
• Four different ways to write the fraction, including in English words (“one half”), vertically (“1” over “2”), horizontally (“1/2”), and as a division equation (“1÷2”)
• Each fraction’s decimal equivalent
• Each fraction’s percentage equivalent
• A chart showing what percentage more than one fraction equals, for instance: 1/4 = 25%, 2/4 = 50%, 3/4 = 75%
The fractions are color-cordinated, which serve more than a decorative purpose:
• Halves, fourths, & eighths are red
• Thirds, sixths, & ninths are yellow
• Twelfths are orange (notice red + yellow = orange, and twelfths are compatible with both reds & yellows)
• Fifths & tenths are blue
• Sevenths are pink & elevenths are purple (the oddballs)
• Wholes are brown (brown = all colors mixed, as all fractions over themselves are one whole)
So it’s not a perfect system, but I tried to have some rhyme and reason in selecting the colors, and I think it makes it easier for kids to understand the concepts of equivalent fractions in visual form.
So here are the downloads. I have included:
• Colorful printable manipulatives
• Blank printable manipulatives (in case you want to use them to trace onto a different material)
• A chart representing what “100%” really means
Click each image to go to pdf file:
I hope you enjoy the fruits of my labors and these materials are a blessing to you and your kids!
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Tomorrow I will show you how I used the blank printables to make fraction manipulatives out of colored foam: