It is very important that students have a relationship to fractions.

Students who have siblings will understand fractions better than students who have no siblings because the former shares with siblings often (six cookies, three children in the family, each child gets two cookies) vs. (an only child who gets all six cookies).

Have students get up out of their seats and put themselves into groups. Students taking hot lunch vs. cold lunch...write the fractions. Students with no siblings, one sibling, two siblings, etc....write the fractions. Students who like reading class better than math class...write the fractions. The denominator will be the number of students in the class. When a student is absent, the denominator will change!

Fractions can be read in two ways. 1. one half 2. one out of two

Kids do not cook today like they did in the past. Students need to have active learning using water/sand and measuring cups. How many half cups to make a whole cup? How many third cups to make a whole cup (or even two whole cups)? How many tablespoons to make a half cup?

If you go to

www.mathwire.com, I believe the site has fraction cards and other fraction ideas.

Kids need to compare fractions (greater than, less than, equal to) by drawing pictures (example: draw one-half and three-fourths and compare them; draw one third and one fourth and compare them; draw two thirds and three fourths and compare them). Students will discover equivalent fractions this way.

Please do not use the algorithm!!