If you have a visual learner, then it can be awesome to teach fractions with manipulatives to make things easier to understand. I think to understand your children will need a good concept of grouping. This is a great time to get practice with skip counting, which is probably why it’s easier to multiply by 2, 5 and 10’s.
We used math blocks for our counters, but you use anything really, coins, M&Ms or raisins. Food has the benefit of serving as a reward should they get the answer correct. I had little rings so that if I asked my son to make a 4 groups of equal parts, then he could place the counters into the 4 groups. You could use anything really but it just made it more visual.
I also credit Timez Attack for teaching my son to really get his multiplication facts down. They have a free demo version that you can download to try. Not only is my son a visual learner but he’s also a lover a video games so this made learning fun.
We used Life of Fred: Fractions as a review, I don’t think it works as a teaching tool because there are so little questions at the end of the chapter, there’s 5, but my son enjoyed reading the stories and learning along with Fred since he thought he was very humorous.
I’ve heard great things about Key to Fractions and if I was having issues this is what I would use next.
If you’re looking for a story book then Full House: An Invitation to Fractions is a fun read.
If you prefer more sturdy manipulatives you can use these tiles: Fraction Tiles and Fraction Tower instead.
If you’d prefer Fraction flashcards, these are fun. My son doesn’t like writing much so anything that he could do orally is a bonus.
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