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April 2005

Visual Fractions
Making fractions come to life with Web technology.
Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8

Visual Fractions is a collection of activities that use pie charts, number lines, and other graphics to illustrate fraction operations.
The site is well designed and easy to navigate. Content is grouped into seven main categories listed in the left side menu. The site requires a Java enabled browser.

Visual Fractions is a great resource for teachers to supplement the math curriculum in the classroom. Students may find it easier to understand all about fractions through the use of these models. Most of the programs include both number lines and circle versions. Young students may want to begin by working through the programs in the Identify category before moving on to the more complex operations such as renaming, comparing, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions. As students work through the sections they are given a score for each set of operations they have performed. Teachers may want students to click on the “Report” button when finishing a program. This gives students a page to enter their names and submit it to receive a printable report card that can be turned in to the teacher for progress monitoring.


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