Teaching Fractions: How to Make Math Meaningful

Teaching fractions in upper elementary can be overwhelming because there are SO MANY concepts to cover. Simplifying fractions, equivalent fractions, fractions on a number line, comparing fractions, improper fractions and mixed numbers, converting fractions to decimals, adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing…. the list goes on and on!

I've found that meaningful, real world connections when teaching fractions makes for more lightbulb moments.

free teaching fractions task cards digital printable upper elementary

As I was working with my own kids this year, I decided the best way for us to hone in on our skills was to use real-world pictures. I found a ton of authentic fraction scenarios (okay, primarily food related, but kids love that!) for them to look at and consider. You can grab these fractions in the real world task cards for FREE! I have included both a digital and printable version so that they are ready for you no matter what this school year brings. They are perfect for review, a fraction practice of the day, math centers, homework, etc. Personally, I'm using two a day to review!

Free Real World Fractions Task Cards

Fraction Puzzlers Challenge

Do you have a group of students who are ready for more of a fraction challenge? My well-loved fraction puzzlers just got a HUGE update. Not only are they also digital, but I have added 20 more task cards to the set to make the set differentiated. There is now a set better-suited for 3rd and 4th graders, as well as a set targeted at the 5th grade+ level. These are absolutely perfect for fraction enrichment if you need to motivate your students to excel at even the most challenging tasks. Click HERE for the Fraction Puzzlers.

fraction puzzlers task cards upper elementary

Are you looking for even more fraction freebies and ideas? I have compiled my very favorite fraction ideas below!

More Tips for Teaching Fractions

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