The following PowerPoint presentations were created to complement the Common Core-aligned concepts as they relate to fractions taught in Fish Lake. 

We’ve put these topics in order of how we would teach them in a class, but your choice may vary.  For example, we tend to give a lot of examples of equivalent fractions and then when students are saying, “How do you FIND those equivalent fractions?” we go into renaming, least common multiples and common denominators. You might decide to do the explanations and then the examples, or example – explanation – example, which is actually our preferred method but it didn’t fit in a table well.

PowerPoints and PDFs

WHAT'S A FRACTION?

ADDING & SUBTRACTING FRACTIONS WITH LIKE DENOMINATORS

MULTI-STEP PROBLEMS WITH LIKE DENOMINATORS

EQUIVALENT FRACTIONS

RENAMING FRACTIONS & COMMON DENOMINATORS 

MIXED FRACTIONS

UNLIKE FRACTIONS (UNLIKE DENOMINATORS)

MULTIPLYING FRACTIONS (WITH LIKE DENOMINATORS)

Lesson Plans

  • Introducing Fractions – Before you jump into teaching how to add, subtract, multiply or divide fractions, it’s best to take some time to be sure your students understand what a fraction is. This lesson starts with four videos that explain what exactly IS a fraction. For those who would rather use slides for a more detailed explanations to students we include PowerPoint presentations you can download and modify.
  • Equivalent Fractions – This lesson plan begins with a definition then proceeds to examples of equivalent fractions and how these could be used. We like this lesson plan because it includes multiple ways to consider equivalent fractions, from distance to shapes.

Converting a fraction to equal 1 – When is a fraction equal to one? This lesson plan introduces your students to converting fractions to whole numbers.

Using Visual Models to Compare Fractions – One way to teach students fractions is to have them write their own problems and give the answer. Next, have them solve and discuss each other’s problems. Play the Fish Lake game to get some ideas of fractions problems.

Five Ways to Teach Equivalent Fractions and Comparing Fractions – Three videos, a slide show and game. Why? Because many students need to hear (or see) the material more than once or from a different perspective.

 Adding and Subtracting Fractions with a Common Denominator – Those pesky word problems! This lesson walks through an example of a multi-step word problem that involves adding and subtracting fractions with a common denominator and converting one to be an equivalent fraction.

Multi-step Fraction Word Problems Involving Time – This lesson teaches equivalent fractions and common denominators. Two ways of solving the same problem are presented.