Fabulous Fractions: Games and Activities That Make Math Easy and Fun

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The latest in a popular series of fun activity books covering essential math skills for kids aged 8-12 that covers everything kids aged 8-12 need to know to master fractions.
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Overview

The latest in a popular series of fun activity books covering essential math skills for kids aged 8-12 that covers everything kids aged 8-12 need to know to master fractions.
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Children's Literature
Forty activities are presented to help kids understand fractions. First, we learn the appropriate vocabulary. The projects start out by simply folding and cutting a piece of paper in half, in a few different ways. Then peanut butter sandwiches are divided up. Strips of paper are divided into segments to practice reducing equivalent fractions. Playing cards, dominos, poker chips and paper plates are recruited in this effort to understand adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions. This seems to be more of a teachers guide than something a student would use on his own, even though it is generally kid friendly in design and illustrations. Anyone who completes even part of these exercises will have a good command of fractions. 2001, John Wiley & Sons, $12.95. Ages 7 to 12. Reviewer: Kristin Harris
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Comprehensive hands-on introductions to their subjects. Each book consists of 40 activities, all of which include lists of the required materials, clear and complete procedures, and a black-and-white illustration. As the chapters progress, the activities and concepts become more complex and each one concludes with brain stretchers (related ideas to explore). In Fractions, the activities range from coloring pizzas on paper plates and cutting them out to cutting a sandwich into four equal parts six different ways. In Measurement, the activities range from using hands and feet to measure distance to making a sundial. Some of the projects are time consuming or require a solid background in mathematics. For example, in Measurement, readers are instructed to make a 12-inch by 12-inch grid with markers to create 144 boxes. Then they are directed to cut pieces of different colored paper into 144 1-inch squares. Students continue to create a mosaic and then determine the fractions/percentages of each color. While this is a useful project, many readers may be overwhelmed by all of the work. Nevertheless, these books provide valuable activities and games to help children learn about the concepts.-Maren Ostergard, Bellevue Regional Library, WA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471369813
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Series: Magical Math Series , #3
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 132
  • Sales rank: 653,443
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

THE MAGIC OF FRACTIONS.
THE FACTS ON FRACTIONS.
Half Happenings.
Sandwich Quarters.
Fraction Stars.
Fraction Strips.
Fraction Match.
Lowest-Terms Picture.
Reduce It!
The Lineup.
Fraction War!
Domino ESP.
Flip It!
Cut Up!
Zero.
ADDING AND SUBTRACTING FRACTIONS.
Combination Pizza.
Addition Chip Trading.
Pattern Pictures.
Circles Inside Circles.
Subtraction Chip Trading.
Least Common Multiple Tic-Tac-Toe.
Quick Change.
Fraction Roll.
Up-and-Down Dominoes.
Missing Numbers.
MULTIPLYING AND DIVIDING FRACTIONS.
Graph Paper Multiplication.
Splitting the Deck.
Fraction Sale!
Mixed-Number Products.
Add Things Up.
Domino Match.
Magic Fraction Squares.
Number Line Division.
Shoe Box Fractions.
Three-in-a-Row Bingo.
FRACTIONS, DECIMALS, AND MORE.
Order.
Dancing Decimals.
Fraction Jeopardy!
Problem Generator.
Crossword Puzzle.
Challenging Dot-to-Dot.
Fraction Words.
Fractions Master Certificate.
Index.
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First Chapter

THE MAGIC OF FRACTIONS

The world is full of fractions. If there weren't any fractions, you couldn't have half of your friend's cookie, or leave one-third of your spinach on your plate, or eat one-eighth of a pizza. What if your father sent you to the market to pick up a few groceries? On the list he might write:

  • 1/4 pound of American cheese
  • 3/4 pound of ham
  • 1/2 gallon of milk
  • half a dozen eggs
  • one loaf of bread

If there weren't any fractions, you'd have to get either a whole of everything or nothing. Neither of these options would make your dad very happy.

What are fractions? "Fractions" are just another way to write numbers. Fractions show that a number is part of a set. For example, if you ate one slice of pizza out of an eight-slice pie, you can show that in a fraction by saying that you ate one-eighth (1/8) of the pizza. The word fraction means "part of a whole," from the Latin fractio, meaning "to break into pieces."

A fraction has two parts, a "numerator" and a "denominator." The numerator and the denominator are separated by a bar, as in 1/2, or a slant line, as in 1/2 or 1/2 . The numerator is written on top of the bar or to the left of the slant line, and the denominator is written below the bar or to the right of the slant line. However the fraction is written, one-half means one of two equal parts of a whole. Look at the parts of these fractions:

  • In the fraction 3/4, 3 is the numerator and 4 is the denominator.
  • In the fraction 2/3, 2 is the numerator and 3 is the denominator.
  • In the fraction 1/10, 1 is the numerator and 10 is the denominator.
  • In the fraction 4/3, 4 is the numerator and 3 is the denominator.

The denominator tells you how many equal parts make up the whole. If the denominator is 4, the whole is divided into four equal parts. If the denominator is 3, the whole is divided into three equal parts. The numerator represents how many parts are being used. If the numerator is 2, two parts are being used. If the numerator is 1, one part is being used.

Fractions can be expressed in words, such as "I'd like half a sandwich" for 1/2 or "I'll be back in a quarter of an hour" for 1/4. For most fractions, the word is just a combination of the numerator and the denominator, so 1/6 is said as "one-sixth."

If you want to eat one-fourth of a sandwich, first divide the sandwich into four equal parts, and then eat one of them: 1/4.

If you want to eat three-fourths of an apple, first divide the apple into four equal parts, and then eat three of them: 3/4.

If you want to drink half a glass of milk, first mentally divide the milk in the glass into two equal parts, and then drink one of them: 1/2.

Fractions are an essential mathematical skill. You will use fractions every day of your life, so start practicing with the 40 fun fraction activities in this book. After the first one, you will have done one-fortieth of the activities. After the last one, you'll be a fractions master. Then you can proudly display the fractions master certificate at the back of this book.

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  • Posted December 8, 2011

    not for me

    If you want a lot of games, this is your book. Personally I found that Fractions & Decimals made easy was much more helpful in learning fractions.

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