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Year 3

Represent unit fractions in different ways

I can represent unit fractions in different ways.

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Year 3

Represent unit fractions in different ways

I can represent unit fractions in different ways.

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Lesson details

Key learning points

  1. You can represent fractions with a picture.
  2. You can represent fractions with symbols.
  3. You can represent fractions with names.

Common misconception

It is very common for children to generalise the linguistic pattern of adding the suffix of 'th' to create fraction names even though there are special cases mentioned in the slides.

Make good use of your learning wall here and display the names prominently paired with their fractional notation. Inject some fun by making a game of it: say incorrect fraction names during your own explanations and get the children to correct you.

Keywords

  • Half - A half is one equal part of a whole that has been divided into 2 equal parts.

  • Third - A third is one equal part of a whole that has been divided into 3 equal parts.

  • Quarter - A quarter is one equal part of a whole that has been divided into 4 equal parts.

  • Fifth - A fifth is one equal part of a whole that has been divided into 5 equal parts.

Encourage the children to be ambitious with their own representations. Discussions is key here! Share good and incorrect examples and discuss them as a class reassuring children that incorrect representations are fantastic learning tools.
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6 Questions

Q1.
How many equal parts has the whole been split into?
An image in a quiz
Correct Answer: 4, four
Q2.
Complete the sentence: The whole has been divided into equal parts. 1 of the parts has been shaded.
An image in a quiz
Correct Answer: 4, four
Q3.
What is the name of the indicated part of the fraction?
An image in a quiz
Correct answer: Division bar
Denominator
Numerator
Q4.
What is the name the digit 1 in this fraction?
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Division bar
Correct answer: Numerator
Denominator
Q5.
What is the denominator of the fraction represented by this picture?
An image in a quiz
Correct Answer: 8, eight
Q6.
Complete. The time shown on the clock is past 9
An image in a quiz
Correct Answer: quarter, one quarter

6 Questions

Q1.
What is the name of this fraction?
An image in a quiz
one-half
Correct answer: one-third
one-quarter
Q2.
Complete the sentence: The whole has been divided into 4 equal parts and 1 is shaded. This is one-
An image in a quiz
Correct Answer: quarter
Q3.
Complete the denominator so that the fraction notation shows one-sixth.
An image in a quiz
Correct Answer: 6, six
Q4.
Tick the correct fraction notation that shows one-fifth
$$ \frac{2}{3} $$
$$ \frac{5}{0} $$
Correct answer: $$ \frac{1}{5} $$
$$ \frac{5}{1} $$
Q5.
Tick the correct fraction notation that shows one-ninth.
$$ \frac{1}{8} $$
Correct answer: $$ \frac{1}{9} $$
$$ \frac{0}{9} $$
$$ \frac{9}{1} $$
Q6.
Match the fraction name to the fraction notation.
Correct Answer:$$ \frac{1}{2} $$,one-half

one-half

Correct Answer:$$ \frac{1}{3} $$,one-third

one-third

Correct Answer:$$ \frac{1}{5} $$,one-fifth

one-fifth

Correct Answer:$$ \frac{1}{12} $$,one-twelfth

one-twelfth