Adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions is something every student should learn, but often numerous students are left behind in the mathematical dust when a math textbook is followed page by page. Finding the lowest common denominator, changing denominators, not changing denominators, finding a reciprocal, and reducing to lowest terms are complex issues and often very difficult for many math phobic students. This handout encompasses how I teach fractions so these students can be successful. It is aligned with the CCSS Standards for Number & Operations—Fractions.
The teaching methods included target the kinesthetic learner, the visual/spatial learner, the auditory student, and the student who has a learning disability. The unconventional techniques described in this eight page handout will always work. Sometimes the numbers will be large, but when the students learn the divisibility rules for 2, 3, 5, and 10, they can easily reduce most fractions. The divisibility rules are included on pages 9 and 10 of the handout.
I currently use these methods to teach fractions to remedial math students on the college level.
Below are other fraction assessments available at my store. Just click on the link.
Fractions: A Cumulative Math Test (all operations)
Fractions: An Introductory Test
Fractions, Decimals and Percents: A Chapter Test
Fraction Summative Assessment with an Ice Cream Theme
Fraction Summative Project with a Pizza Theme
Do you need some alternative ways to help your students to reduce fractions? Check out the resource below:
Using Digital Root and the Divisibility Rules to Help Reduce Fractions