The resources below can be used to help your children understand the sizes of different fractions. Each resource includes a grid which is divided into different fractions. These could be used in your Maths lessons in a variety of ways:
- Use them to introduce children to fractions. Show children the ‘whole’ and then introduce the two halves. Explain that each section is one half, and this is written as 1/2. Repeat with the other fractions.
- Show children how two halves / four quarters / eight eighths (etc.) make one whole.
- Cut out one of each type of fraction and ask the students to place them in order of size. Why is 1/32 smaller than 1/4 when 32 is a larger number than 4?
- Show children that two quarters can make one half by placing two of the yellow ‘quarter’ squares on top of the green ‘half’ rectangle.
- Challenge your children to combine different fractions to make one whole, e.g. one half, one quarter and four sixteenths.
- Ask your children if they know how each fraction can be written as a decimal.
- Ask the children to divide the ‘whole’ square into fractions in other ways. Could they divide it into quarters in a different way (e.g. using diagonal lines)?
- Give your students the blank white ‘whole’ square and ask them to divide into other equal fractions. Could they divide it into fifths? Could they divide it into tenths?
If you have any other suggestions for using these resources in the classroom, add a comment below.
These resources are available in white / coloured versions and with / without labels.