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Before being introduced to fractions, children have developed a one-to-one relationship with counting numbers. As a result, most children face difficulty in fully conceptualizing fractions. However, a thorough understanding of basics can help children to better grasp the concepts of fraction. I often like to start with using a pizza pie. It seems that a great number of people enjoy that tasty stuff. A standard large pizza pie broken into 8 slices. Starting this unit off with a pizza party always makes it a bit more successful because you can always refer back to those 8 slices. We try to include visuals as much as possible. Are there any fraction-based skills that we are missing? Please let me know.

What is a Fraction?

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A fractional number or a fraction represents a part or portion of a whole. Fractions are a way to split a whole into equal parts. Fractions are identified with a slash drawn between two numbers. The number that is written on top of the slash is known as the numerator, and the one written at the bottom of the slash is known as the denominator. The denominator shows the number of equal parts in which something is divided. The denominator tells you how parts there are in one whole unit. The numerator represents how many equal parts are to be considered. For example, if a fraction is 1/2 of a cake, the denominator 2 shows that the cakes has been divided into two equal parts, of which 1, that is the numerator, is in consideration. In other words, 1/2 also means 1 out of 2 equal parts from the whole cake.

There are three basic types of fractions. They are classified based on difference between the numerator and denominator value or if they contain a whole number. Here is a quick rundown of the different types:

1) Proper - A fraction with numerator less than or smaller than the denominator is known as the proper fraction. These are very common and the form we will work with the most. For example, 1/2 , 3/4 , 9/11.

2) Improper - These are fractions with a numerator greater than the denominator. For example, 11/9, 5/3 , 21/7. As a result of this top heaviness, they are always equal to greater than a whole number.

3) Mixed - These have a whole number part as well as the fractional part. For example, 3 1/2, 5 3/4.

When we are evaluating fractions there are several different features you should be aware of:

Unit Fractions - They are classified as such when they contain a numerator of 1. They are named that because they indicative on one unit or slice of the overall whole.

Equivalent Fractions - These are when two values are the same or same portion. For example 4/8 and 1/2. You can cut a cake into 8 slices or 2 slices, but it is how much of that cake that you take that determines the part of the whole that you have.

Like and Unlike - You will hear these terms a great deal when we make our to working with operations. Like fractions share the same denominator such as: 6/8, 2/8, and 5/8. Unlike do not have the same denominator such as: 4/7, 1/2, and 3/5.

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