# Manipulative of the Month: Fraction Towers

## Expand the Possibilities of Teaching Fractions and Equivalency by Using Fraction Towers

Fraction Tower Equivalency Cubes are interlocking cubes that enable students to explore and learn fractions, fractional equivalences, add and subtract fractions, work with mixed numbers, and more. Use the math counting cubes separately or together to conduct explorations of fractional values by interlocking and comparing the cubes.

## Fraction Tower Equivalency Cube Skills

There are many ways to be able to learn skills through using counting cubes for math. Whether it’s for children at home or in the classroom and for whatever grade the children are in, kids are able to acquire and gain the ability to use fractions in a variety of applications including:

• Equivalences
• Mixed Numbers
• Comparing Fractions
• Common Denominators
• Dividing Fractions
• Ratios

## Exploring Fraction Tower Cubes

Fraction Tower Equivalency Cubes represent different fractions for instructive comparison. You can expand the possibilities of teaching fractions and equivalency with these proportionally sized cubes. Teach students how to compare, construct, and learn fractions, work with mixed numbers, and add/subtract fractions with like and unlike denominators by using these counting cubes for math.

## Working With Fraction Tower Equivalency Cubes

Visually show students fraction equivalents and teach them about the relationships between fractional parts of the same whole and how to compare and construct fractions.

Have students learn fractions as they get familiar with how fractions are named and with the terms numerator and denominator. A fraction is represented as a number above and a number below a line segment or slanted segment. The top number is called the numerator and the bottom number is called the denominator. The numerator tells how many equal parts of a whole you have, while the denominator tells how many of these equal parts are needed to create a whole.

Relate fractions to a whole unit by exploring and naming the number of fractions needed to create one unit tower. Compare and order fractions by having students explore less than and greater than by comparing the relative size of the cubes. Show equivalent fractions by recognizing and creating equivalent fractions.

Students can explore improper fractions and mixed numbers and learn to recognize and create equivalent fractions. Model different operations involving fractions by exploring fraction division by finding 1/2 of a given fraction and much more.

Explore equivalencies by placing a cube that represents 1/2. Find 2 cubes that represent 1/4. Notice that the 2, 1/4 pieces represent the same part of a whole as 1/2, so 1/2 and 2/4 are equivalent. Experiment with other colors to find more fractions that are equivalent to 1/2. Students can discover the many possibilities for creating parts of a tower with the Fraction Tower Equivalency Cubes.

View this learning fractions video — aimed at students who are in 5th grade —  to understand how counting cubes for math can be used at home or in the classroom

Check out our free lessons and activities for getting to know Fraction Tower Cubes and beginning to use them to learn and understand the math they represent.

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