Fractions are one of the most critical and abstract concepts for third-grade students to learn in order to be successful in Algebra and higher math. Third-grade students are learning how to compare and represent equivalent fractions. Games such as Cover and Uncover are fun ways to make fractions more exciting. In order to help students develop a deeper understanding of fractions, we need to make something that is vague and abstract more concrete and tangible–and this is why fraction strips are fun tools to build a conceptual understanding of equivalent fractions. Using games to engage students in this tactile experience also helps anchor other math concepts that we are learning in class.
Students in 4th grade have been learning about fractions. Due to COVID restrictions, we have to get creative in supporting their comprehension of these concepts. With some helpful online sites, they are able to utilize digital manipulatives to create and compare fractions. The students are able to visualize number lines, bars, and circles to strengthen their understanding. They get immediate feedback on their progress and can make connections with what is being taught during lessons.