What Works Clearinghouse has created an excellent guide for teaching fractions. Besides providing concrete, evidence-based recommendations for teaching fractions, the guide also includes tips on how to overcome common challenges to understanding fractions. This resource is definitely worth printing out and sharing.
This brief article is a necessary resource for any teacher preparing to teach fractions. Besides explaining the most common challenges students face in learning fractions, simple solutions for each challenge are also included.
Homeschoolmath.net has compiled THE list of online fraction activities. Not only does the list seem like it will never end (which is a good thing when you are trying to find teaching activities), but each game/tutorial listed included a brief description of what it is. Additionally, the organization of the list into concept-related categories makes it easy to find just the right activity for a specific learning goal.
This video by Math Antics is a great introduction to fractions. The examples are straight-forward, with appropriate definitions and explanations provided as well. What makes the video great, however, is that it is engaging and informative without being overwhelming. I recommend this resource for reviewing or scaffolding fractions, as well as for individual or small group instruction.
They should have just named this book The Exhaustive Fractions Activity Book! Definitely worth bookmarking or printing, this book by Marcia Miller and Martin Lee contains more activities for teaching fractions than any teacher could use. The real treat, however, are the tips and strategies for successfully implementing each activity.
This video on the Teaching Channel is awesome! Not only is the instruction for the lesson excellent with several concrete models of questioning, scaffolding, and assessing. The explanations of the activities and purpose behind them is insightful, but the best part is that several strategies and activities for teaching and assessing fractions are presented that can be quickly and easily adopted for whole group instruction.
This evidence-based guide to teaching fractions to elementary-level students by Lisa Fazio and Robert Siegler is an outstanding read. The organization of this guide make it easy and quick to read. While the discussion of the research, the specific activities, the recommended strategies and suggested readings, make it one of my favorites.
This Eric Digest article by Michael Meagher is a must-read for elementary math teachers new and veteran. In an engage format, Meagher provides valuable insight into research findings on how students learn fractions. His discussion of common mistakes teachers make when introducing fractions and the overview of new resources for teaching fractions make this article a great resource.