Fractions, Fractions, Fractions! Why are they so difficult!?! We started fractions this week and I am already pulling my hair out. The concept is difficult for so many students, and I am not even sure why. As a child I struggled with math, especially fractions, so I can relate to my kids frustrations. I just wish I could remember why they were so difficult for me so I can help my students better.
Last week we reviewed vocabulary and started with NF.1, equivalent fractions. My kids are great with creating equivalent fractions using the standard algorithm (multiply the numerator and denominator by they same number). When it comes to determining if two fractions are equivalent this is where the struggle begins.
So we pull out the manipulatives! This day we used our fraction bars to determine if two fractions were equivalent or not. Partners worked together using the algorithm or the fraction bars.
I am hoping that as we continue to work on this skill students will become more comfortable with working with fractions and seeing more and more relationships.
Are there any tips or tricks you use to teach fractions? If so please share! :)