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Fun With Fractions




Both children have been working with fractions.  GMan has been learning the very basics (numerator, denominator, shading in the fractional parts).  Miss B has been comparing fractions, working with mixed numbers and improper fractions, and reducing fractions.   

Rather than stay in the math book (which gives my children the BASIC understanding), I decided to seek out Living Books and interesting activities to make our study of fractions more FUN and APPLICABLE.  
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In addition to these resources I've just been trying to make the children aware of how we use fractions in everyday life... and isn't this the best thing about homeschooling?  Our children are living EVERYDAY LIFE with us and we have the opportunity to use every singe teachable moment!!


1.  The Hershey's Milk Chocolate Fractions Book - a very basic fraction book, but it's enough to get the children inspired and listening!   I actually did some activities beyond the book, too.

2.  The Phantom Tollbooth - we actually read this a few weeks ago and when they were talking about fractions I could see the smiles on my children's faces... if you're studying fractions this is a great read-aloud that will show your children how fractions work in real life.  

3.  Go, Fractions!  - I love this reader book, and my little guy did, too. 

4.  Apple Fractions - by the same author of the Hershey Bar Fractions book - I thought this book was slightly better. 

5.  Fractazmic!  We reviewed this card game a few months ago and it's coming in handy now! 

6.  Homeschool Share Chocolate Unit Study - this incorporates A LOT of math activities, and a great minibook about fractions, too.  

7.  Baking cookies - our favorite recipe we made was Nestle's Tollhouse Cookies.  

8.  Hands-On Fractions - a Squidoo Lens by Jimmie, of Jimmies Collage - TONS of great ideas here, with fraction bar printables and notebooking thoughts. 

9.  We incorporated fractions with a literature fair project for GMan - he read The Chocolate Touch and used that book as a basis for a project all about chocolate (which then led to fractions as well) -- I don't think he'll be forgetting this any time soon!  

10.  MathArt Projects & Activities - We received this book for Christmas and next week will make some fraction flags from it... looks like a very good resource.











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So.....where do the kids and I register to attend your homeschool? We are available to start immediately ;)

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary

Great resources for when we get to that! Thanks!

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

Wow, what a lot of fun ideas! Miss M has been doing some work with fractions in RighStart math C, so I could really see us doing some of these things as extension activities.

A great list of fraction fun!

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPhyllis

This is great! Thank you for linking up!!

I am going to look into these--we play a Math game on Fridays. We have games for multiplication/division, telling time...but nothing for fractions.

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa

This is awesome! I am bookmarking your page and will return to it for ideas with my kiddos for fractions. I just love learning that is fun and hands-on! :-)
Many blessings,
(coming over to visit from Red Oak Lane)

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

This is a great list of fun learning ideas! Thanks for sharing it with "Look What We Did!"

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

How fun! I want to come learn fractions all over again at your house. I think my kids might as well.

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachel E.

Yay for an amazing list of resources! So happy you shared all of this:) Who knew fractions could be so fun?!

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

Wow! Excellent list for educators and paretns. Thanks.

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBooks4Learning

Awesome! We are studying fractions right now. I especially appreciate the Phantom Tollbooth recommendation which has been on my radar for awhile but I've never read.

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlice@Supratentorial

What an awesome resource. I am definitely bookmarking this page. My daughter is heading into fractions next week.

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

Those are some of my favorite fraction books.

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTicia

Thank you for the great ideas!!! We are learning fractions also. I plan to pick these up at the library this next week!

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTettelestai

Hmmmm....I don't suppose any of these explain algebraic fractions? My dd15 is really struggling with that at the mo.

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTina Jenkins

Thank you for all the great fraction resources. Both of my kiddos are starting that tomorrow and I was just going to search online to see what I could find to make it fun.

March 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMartha

I love the idea of teaching maths using chocolate! Can't go wrong there ;-)

March 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHappy Whimsical Hearts

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