Whole versus Parts

Students sitting around table work on fractions in math class

Watauga Elementary School Third Grade students are learning about fractions. There is no better way to learn than hands on! It is an excellent way to teach for understanding of mathematics concepts. By exploring fractions with fraction tiles, students were able to engage multiple senses in the learning process. Tactile learners enjoy manipulating the fraction tiles to create given fractions or combining fractional parts to create a whole. The visual learner is able to easily recognize how denominators correlate with fractional size. They discover that the larger the denominator, the smaller the part. Currently, students are using fraction tiles to learn how to convert improper fractions to mixed numbers. Next on the agenda is using fraction dice to compare fractions in a game called “Dueling Dice.” Do you remember begging for more fractions when you were in school? Well, these kids do! Maybe you should try hands on.