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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Teaching Math With You Tube Videos: Fractions

Recently I posted some of my favorite songs and videos about shapes, counting, multiplication, coins, time and area and perimeter.  Today I want to share with you some videos about fractions

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Fractions- Halves and Quarters

This is a great introduction to fractions, equal pieces and halves and quarters.  It is not a song but rather a short video clip.  It is great as part of your fraction unit for grade 1 and 2.  I used it this year with my first grade fraction unit and will be using it next month when I do fractions with second graders.  

Fractions-Fractions Song

I have used this song and video in grade 3 and 4.  It is slightly on the corny side and once kids have seen it once or twice, that is plenty.  It probably won't be played over and over again in your classroom, but it has good information and keeps kids engaged the first few times they see it.  It focuses on common fractions like halves, thirds, quarters and eighths.   It introduces vocabulary like numerator and denominator.  It also does a nice job of showing how a fractional piece can be larger or smaller depending on the size of the whole

Fractions Down on the Farm

This is a great video for grades 2-4 and a nice way to introduce kids to the idea of fractions of a set.  If you don't know about the different models for fractions, you should check out this book!  Set model isn't required for grade 2 neither is the symbolic notation of fractions but I have used this video with several second graders who were ready for the next level.  This is a must see for third and fourth graders as they start working with set models.

Fractions Music Video

I stumbled upon this gem recently and showed it to my sixth graders.  It would be good for grades 5-7.  It is done by a very talented group of kids at a school.  It is well shot and choreographed and reviews some big ideas of fractions needed at grade 5 and up.  Looking for more follow up at this level?  Check out these 2 books!

Looking for more ideas on teaching fractions?
Check out these posts on comparing and ordering fractions, fraction operations, using dice to work on fluency with fractions, fraction equivalency, using the area model to teach mixed number multiplication, and a visual model for percents.

If you have any great fraction videos or songs, please share in the comments below!


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