Fractions can sometimes be a challenging topic for students to grasp. This digital manipulative allows for fractions to be represented visually, making it a versatile tool for educators and parents aiming to support and reinforce the learning of fractions.
The fractions grid tool is designed to accommodate different learning styles and environments.
It can be used in a classroom setting, to provide an engaging visual representation of fractions on an interactive whiteboard or display, or it can be used at home on a PC or tablet device.
Using the Fractions Grid
A range of grids can be chosen to represent different fractions. Starting with a 2×2 grid which is ideal for introducing the concept of a quarter, and a half, up to a 4×5 grid for more complex fractions.
Begin by selecting the grid you want to manipulate from the grid menu.
Highlight panels on the grid by clicking them to select or deselect them.
The panel on the right shows the fraction in text form, as a simplified fraction with the numerator and denominator, and also the total number of panels selected.
Hide/show the side panels as required by clicking the small white arrow.
Click ‘grid menu’ to leave the active grid and return to the main menu. Note that this will effectively reset the grid by deselecting all panels.
In this interactive fractions tool, the large fraction displayed in the right-hand panel represents the simplified form of the fraction shown visually on the left.
For instance, if you highlight 2 out of 10 boxes on the left, the right panel will display the fraction as 1/5, not 2/10. This is because 1/5 is the lowest or simplest form of the fraction 2/10.
In the fraction 1/5, the number above the line, which is 1 in this example, is called the ‘numerator’. It shows how many parts we are considering. The number below the line, 5 in our example, is the ‘denominator’, indicating the total number of equal parts to the whole.
Further Fraction Learning
Analogue clock faces are also a useful tool for helping teach fractions as they provide an engaging visual alternative which is relatable to real-world scenarios.
Feedback and Suggestions
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