Monday, March 13, 2017


I am so excited to share this today. I've had toooooons of fractions on my brain!
Seriously. Overboard on the fractions. BUT I LOVE IT.

This is a perfect activity whether you are introducing how to change mixed numbers into improper fractions and vice versa AND if it's just a review.

Did I ever tell you I was afraid of teaching math. Like really. I would study and study and study the first year I taught math and the scariest thing to my mind...was FRACTIONS.

I think fractions gave me hives. Just thinking about was bad.

Once I started drawing fractions and talking and thinking about the more in depth I had this huge part of my heart fractioned (haha) off just for the LOVE of FRACTIONS.

So DRAW fractions, play with fractions, talk about fractions, and write about fractions. Use words like "partitioned" to make everyone think you and your students are all about fancy fractions.

AND as much as the drawing and all that jazz applies to YOU it also applies to your students.

I was shocked at how afraid my students were afraid of fractions too. What is it with being afraid of drawing pictures and math? I don't know because pictures are ESSENTIAL!

ANYWAYS...this activity is just for you to break the ice with fractions and for students to see where a mixed number is in a picture and ALSO where an improper fraction is.

It's simple and easy and your students take ownership....which is the best. thing. ever.


Students are given a card with a mixed number--you can have them choose their own or you can create more with a blank template I provided. And if you are feeling wild and crazy then have your students use 10 sided dice to roll for their mixed number (just make sure the numerator is smaller than the denominator). Or just use the cards I provided...because...EASY!

They need to draw a picture of their fraction. I have my students draw models (circles, squares, rectangles, triangles) that clearly show their fraction. TO me this is super important that they can see both the mixed number annnnnd the improper fraction in their picture. But I'm wild and crazy-ish.

THEN they need to write their mixed number as an improper fraction.

After that students write their mixed number and hide it under a nifty little paper flap thing
(help me out here...I can't think of the word).

To pull everything together and show off our fancy fractions we do a
"GIMME FIVE" go-round the classroom and they find and solve each other's

They turn in both to me and VOILA!

Is that simple? YES.
I sleep better at night know that my students really know about mixed numbers and improper fractions. You'll sleep better too ;)

Are these perfect to post out for conferences? YES.
(because do parents remember this stuff? no. well, probably not. so impress them with a cool math display that showcases their child's brilliance and awesomeness.)

Because I know someone will ask...I have my kids fix any errors prior to turning them in. Mistakes aren't a big deal in my class and it's easy enough to add a model here or just start over. Aren't kids sometimes the best teachers to each other? YES!

Any other questions? Email me at

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Have the best week ever. ever.

Over and out!


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