4th Grade Fraction Unit - Conceptual Fraction Activities and Fraction Lessons

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3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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Do you teach 4th grade fractions? If you want your fraction unit to make teaching fractions more interactive, more engaging, more research-based and have a problem-solving focus, this set of fraction lessons may be just what you are looking for!

It is unlike any other fraction unit out there. I have created a set of fraction lessons and professional development rolled into one--and teaches for deep fraction understanding.

What is this unusual resource?

A few years ago, I traced my thinking and my students' work through a constructivist fractions unit. I had many, many requests for the unit and its resources—and this is it! It is a labor of love! It includes 16 "fraction investigations" that helped my students build their understanding of the fraction components of the Common Core and other rigorous math standards.

This unit stresses problem-solving, critiquing reasoning, explaining thinking, and an immersion in the Standards for Mathematical Practice. It is written off the fourth grade CCSS, but is easily adaptable for grades 3 and 5 and useful for any set of rigorous math standards. In fact, homeschooling families have found it invaluable for teaching small groups or even one child.

In fact, teachers tell me over and over that they love the professional development they get embedded right in the unit. Teaching fractions is not easy. This unit truly can help.

What is included?

  • The full text iscomplete with photos for all 16 fraction blog posts.
  • Reproducible journal prompts to use in student notebooks
  • Exit slips for formative fraction assessments with answers where possible
  • Guiding questions
  • Teaching tips
  • Common Core Alignment sheets
  • Materials needed for “hands on” fraction lessons (charts, directions, etc)
  • The lessons/materials included in my “Hands On Fraction --Sequencing” resource AND my "Word Problems—Fractions Grade 4-5" resource
  • Learning targets for each investigation
  • Extra pages for homework, review, assessment, and so on
  • and much more!


What are teachers saying about this resource?

"I couldn't say enough wonderful things about this product. You are one I can ALWAYS count on to provide thorough, engaging, rigorous, student-centered learning tasks that get the student immersed in and excited about learning. I LOVE the debates and all the communication the kids are doing throughout this unit. They really are formulating their own understanding of fractions and why/how we use them. This product gets a grade of infinity because it's beyond awesome. Thank you, thank you! My fractions unit has ROCKED."

"I love this product! It was amazing to "live in your classroom" as you guided the students through the learning. This is the epitome of Common Core: They were actually THINKING fractions! Your candid commentary was so helpful and it helped shape my thinking as I taught this material to my own students. This was far better than any of the math inservices I've attended--and I learned so much more...

"Just what I was looking for. I am new to fourth grade and have not taught fractions for a while and I have a number of students who came in unfamiliar with many of the beginning concepts. This work has allowed children to explore fractions, think and talk through what they are discovering, and develop a lasting understanding of essential fraction concepts."


I would encourage you to download the preview file to get a "taste" of what this fraction unit is like. I have included a variety of pages to help you see what it is like. I do not want anyone to be disappointed as I realize it is a big investment! Every lesson has been used in my classroom and is documented with my thinking, my students' thinking, and photos. I spent one full month using this unit in my classroom.

This is NOT a traditional math unit--it truly will push you as a teacher and your students . . . in a good way! Whether you are a classroom teacher, an interventionist, or teach your children at home, I am confident that you will find these investigations useful for building fraction understanding!

Many of these lessons extend for more than one day; this truly is a full month's worth of math instruction at your fingertips! Want to see a list of the learning targets? Know that many concepts are addressed along the way including addition and subtraction of fractions, equivalent fractions, unit fractions, problem solving, critiquing reasoning, and many more! CLICK HERE


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Teaching Tandem: Fraction Concept Sorts AND Fractured Fractions

Fraction Word Problems for Grades 4/5

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Dollar Deal Memory Game


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200 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Understand a fraction 1/𝘣 as the quantity formed by 1 part when a whole is partitioned into 𝘣 equal parts; understand a fraction 𝘢/𝑏 as the quantity formed by 𝘢 parts of size 1/𝘣.
Understand a fraction as a number on the number line; represent fractions on a number line diagram.
Explain equivalence of fractions in special cases, and compare fractions by reasoning about their size.
Explain why a fraction 𝘢/𝘣 is equivalent to a fraction (𝘯 × 𝘢)/(𝘯 × 𝘣) by using visual fraction models, with attention to how the number and size of the parts differ even though the two fractions themselves are the same size. Use this principle to recognize and generate equivalent fractions.
Compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators, e.g., by creating common denominators or numerators, or by comparing to a benchmark fraction such as 1/2. Recognize that comparisons are valid only when the two fractions refer to the same whole. Record the results of comparisons with symbols >, =, or <, and justify the conclusions, e.g., by using a visual fraction model.


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