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## Teaching Equivalent Fractions with Folding

Teaching equivalent fractions can be a confusing concept for students.  It’s counter-intuitive to change both the numerator AND the denominator, especially if students have been working on composing/ decomposing fractions or adding and subtracting fractions.  Why...

## Comparing & Ordering Fractions: Fraction Sort

Sorting fractions is a great way to help students apply and solidify their understandings of fractions, especially comparing, ordering, and finding equivalent fractions.  It’s a fairly straightforward, simple activity that allows for a lot of really good,...

## Adding & Subtracting Fractions with Unlike Denominators: Why Students Struggle

If your students are struggling with adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators, the problem could actually be with: understanding of how to compose and decompose fractions.   Can they add and subtract fractions with LIKE denominators, first? Do they...

## Fractions on a Number Line

Kids tend to do really well understanding the concept of a number line and using it to count whole numbers.  And they also are usually able to understand basic fraction concepts.  But when it comes to putting the two concepts together- fractions on a number...

## Teaching Fractions of an Area & Geometry Together

I love when math strands overlap and students can see the connections between them.  Fractions and Geometry overlap quite a bit.  There are three ways to think about fractions: 1. The Set Model: This model works with fractions of groups, like ¼ of 24, so ¼...