 Understanding Fractions Worksheets Welcome to the fractions worksheets page at Math-Drills.com where the cup is half full! This is one of our more popular pages most likely because learning fractions is incredibly important in a person's life and it is a math topic that many approach with trepidation due to its bad rap over the years. Fractions really aren't that difficult to master especially with the support of our wide selection of worksheets. This page includes Fractions worksheets for understanding fractions including modeling, comparing, ordering, simplifying and converting fractions and operations with fractions. We start you off with the obvious: modeling fractions. The other fractions worksheets on this page are devoted to helping students understand the concept of fractions. General Use Fractions Printables General use fractions printables that are used in a variety of contexts when understanding and calculating fractions. The black and white fraction circles can be used as a manipulative to compare fractions. Related:  Fractions

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Comparing Fractions: Like Numerators or Denominators - Math Coach's Corner What is the difference between teaching for knowledge and teaching for understanding? Isn’t that a great question? I just started reading the book Creating Cultures of Thinking, and author Ron Ritchhart tackles that issue head on (pg 47). Understanding requires knowledge, but goes beyond it. Sadly, in mathematics, we’ve been teaching fractions without understanding for years. A quick look at the progression of the standards for comparing fractions shows that both the CCSS and the Texas TEKS are now more aligned with teaching for understanding and recognize that students should employ multiple methods for comparing fractions: Notice that the foundation for comparing fractions is laid in 2nd grade, which is when students learn the meaning of the denominator–more fractional parts (a larger denominator) means smaller parts. Comparing Fractions with Like Denominators When fractions have the same denominator, e.g., 3/6 and 5/6, it’s kind of like comparing apples to apples.