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Understanding Visual Fractions

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Grade 3 Fractions - 3.NF.1

Fractions are values that we use to express when we do not have a whole unit, but rather parts of the whole. This is a very abstract concept for students to grasp. By using images, we can bring these situations into the light for students. We start by telling the students the top portion of the fraction (numerator) represents the number of parts that we have. The bottom portion (denominator) of the fraction indicates how many parts there are in one complete unit. Putting that into an image just helps your students understand it that much faster. I encourage all students to use this method over and over until they have mastered it. With these worksheets students are able to see through a series of images what a fraction actually represents.

Visual Fractions Worksheets And Lessons




Homework Sheets

Parts of wholes, naming fractions, and a neat take on sentences to fractions.

  • Homework 1 - Color the shapes to represent the fractions listed below.
  • Homework 2 - Name the fraction that is shown.
  • Homework 3 - Jerry ordered food for several classes. Mr. Adams had 5 sandwiches. Mrs. Jones had 9 sandwiches. Ms. Kylie has 6 sandwiches. Which teacher ordered the greatest share of the sandwiches? Write a fraction to represent their share.



Practice Worksheets

The first two have you color in a fraction and the last one asks you to interpret the color pattern.

  • Practice 1 - Color each shape as indicated by the fraction.
  • Practice 2 - Color the shapes to show each fraction.
  • Practice 3 - Name the fraction represented by the model.



Math Skill Quizzes

The first quiz covers every skill for the standard. The second quiz just focuses on drawing fractions.

  • Quiz 1- Jessica, Sally, and Pepper have to sell a full book of raffle tickets. Jessica sells 12 raffle tickets. Sally sells 8 raffle tickets. Pepper sells 10 raffle tickets. They still have 5 raffle tickets left to sell.
  • Quiz 2- Color the models to represent the given fractions.


Pizza Fraction

What Are Visual Fractions?

Without any doubt, we remember the things that we see, or we remember them for a longer time, than things that we do not see. It becomes easier for us to comprehend things when they are in front of our eyes, and they make sense quicker to us. Maybe that is why visual effects are given importance when it comes to grabbing the attention of a reader or viewer in all different forms of media. Over the four latest studies of learning styles, they have repetitive shown that nearly two-thirds of people are visual learners. While visuals do not speak to everyone's learning style, it speaks to most of them.

In mathematics, probably the one of the abstract concepts to comprehend are fractions. Are you nodding your head in, yes? Then let's jump into making fractions easier for you to understand.

If you are looking to understand fractions, why not put them in a visual form such as an image. We call these images visual fractions. They can help you understand a complex part of the whole. For example, 3/4 of a pizza is eaten. How will you express it? As you can see by our visual image, to the right, we broke the pizza into 4 parts in the first image. In the second image, we filled in 3 of the 4 slots to indicate the fraction of 3/4. This is how you will represent the eaten area of a single pizza visually. The representation helps in a better understanding of what is going on, and hence, adding or subtracting in these values becomes easy.

You can apply this skill to many different things not just eaten pizzas. We would encourage you to use these little diagrams to help you better understand systems of all types where you are trying to understand parts of whole values.