Do you know of any good site for word problems with fractions for upper elementary students? I need items for fourth and fifth grade students.
Thanks!
Hi Renee,
Thinkfinity's math partner Illuminations offers a lesson Classic Middle-Grades Problems for the Classroom which involves fraction word problems. Although the lesson is geared to grades 6-8, it may have some application to fourth and fifth graders.
Illuminations also offers five lessons on Fun with Fractions.
Here are some other possibilities for Fraction Word Problems:
Let us know which lessons you used and liked the best.
Lynne
Thanks for those. I am using them and sharing them at my school. Any other ideas would sure be appreciated!
Renee
Lynne
Would you describe the process you used to locate these resources? What key words did you use? Did you apply any filters?
Thanks!
Theresa
Hi Theresa,
I used Google to search for the resources I found using fraction word problems. I used keywords such as--
word problems fractions
math word problems fractions
elementary word problems (then add word--fractions)
fractions
I did not use any specific filters. I found so many references using the combinations of keywords above that I looked through the listings to see what might be most helpful to answer Renee's question.
I hope this helps. I think Renee could probably do another search using those keywords and find even more good sites for upper elementary.
Thanks for asking,
Lynne
Math Playground is one of my favorite sites. Their word problem page has lots of options. I like the Word Problem Database when I'm targeting a specific skill. My students love doing them right from the computer screen-- for some reason they think it's "playing" when they work on the computer. And there are two levels, so I can just assign advanced kids to start on the second level and my differentiation is done!
For elementary teachers who may be looking for lessons dealing with fractions, these resources may help.
Illuminations offers a number of lessons dealing with fractions. They have an interactive for grades 3-5 Equivalent Fractions which has students create equivalent fractions by dividing and shading squares or circles and match each fraction to its location on the number line.
Another possibility is a 5-lesson unit on Fun with Fractions that requires students to use hands-on manipulatives to understand fractions. The lessons include--
You may also want to check out Investigating Fractions with Pattern Blocks, a 5-unit lesson, which promotes problem solving and reasoning with fractions as students investigate the relationships between various parts and wholes.
In another Fun with Fractions 6-lesson unit, students explore relationships among fractions through work with a set model. In the set model, the unit is represented by the entire set, and subsets of the unit make up the fractional parts. For example, in a set of 12 eggs, 4 eggs comprise one-third of the set of 16 eggs. The set of 12 in this example represents the whole, or 1. This work with fraction relationships helps students make sense of basic fraction concepts and facilitates work with comparing and ordering fractions and working with equivalency.
Lynne
In teaching lessons on fractions, this resource is a great hands-on activity:
Equivalent Fractions - http://illuminations.nctm.org/ActivityDetail.aspx?id=80
Lynne