These fraction bars can be printed and cut out for students to use for all types of work with fractions. They provide both a physical and a visual representation of parts of a whole, and they can be utilized for performing operations with fractions, identifying equivalent fractions, and even developing basic understanding of the concept of fractions. Included in this packet is both a color version and a black-and-white version of the fraction bars.

Grade 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 · Math · 7 pages

For students who are kinesthetic learners, have them make their own sets of fraction strips
by cutting pieces of colored construction paper that are equal in length into different combinations of equal parts (Fold in 1/2 for halves, fold in 3 equal parts for thirds, etc). Students should label each piece 1/2, 1/3, etc.

When having students make their own fraction strips, a student who needs a little more support can be paired with a student who does not need support in order to provide a model.

For students who do not yet understand fractions and are working on concepts such as color, shapes and matching, the fraction strips can be used for teaching these concepts while the rest of the class is working on equivalent fractions. For example, have a 12-inch piece of blue paper. Give the student 4 3-inch pieces of red paper of the same width as the blue paper. Have students place their red segments on top of the blue, 12-inch strip to show they are the same length.

The teacher can pass out one segment that represents a certain fraction of a whole fraction strip. One student will have a piece cut into a 1/4 segment, while another will have a segment cut into a 1/2 segment. The teacher can then show students a whole strip (1) and ask students to see how many of their pieces are required to equal the whole. Ask how many halves equal one whole? How many fourths equal one whole, etc.

To demonstrate equivalent fractions, fraction strips with various even denominators can be distributed to the class. The teacher can tape a ½ fraction strip on the board. The teacher then asks students to come to the board and tape pieces of their fraction strips below the ½ to demonstrate how many pieces of other fractions are needed to equal ½.

As an introduction to adding fractions, fraction strips can be used to visually demonstrate basic addition (e.g. 1/8 + 4/8 = 5/8) by using a whole strip marked off in 1/8 segments and individual 1/8 pieces, which can be placed on the whole strip. Students can use the marked 1/8 segments and count how many segments their pieces add up to.

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