February is coming up, so many of you are looking for ways to teach fractions. Kids often struggle with the concepts surrounding these broken numbers. I like to use slices of pizza when introducing the idea of subtracting fractions and mixed numbers.
For example, say you have one whole pizza and three individual slices under the heat lamp of your store. If you cut your whole pizza into eight slices, you will have eight more slices or 8/8.
So, your 8/8 plus the 3/8 that are left from the last pie, gives the shop eleven available pieces.
8/8 + 3/8 = 11/8
This, of course, is better explained through pictures.
I have a great lesson for introducing fractions with regrouping by taking students through steps from a made up pizza parlor. Why not check this out?
Catch My Products is filled with resources to help you and your kids through fraction season. Another resource is my Mixed Number and Improper Fractions PowerPoint Lesson with a Printable Worksheet. I like this resource because I recently revised it with cute clipart from a new seller on TpT, Palmer's Pix. His clipart is adorable, but since he just started, he doesn't have a lot, yet. I'm looking forward to seeing what he creates.
If you teach younger grades, I've got you covered, too. I love this little Fraction Exploration PowerPoint that uses an example from Mr. Hats to showcase fractions according to hat sizes. This shop has great hats for men!