Learning About Fraction Tiles


Fraction Tiles

Expand the possibilities of teaching fractions and equivalency

Fraction tiles enable students to explore fractions, fractional equivalences, add and subtract fractions, work with mixed numbers, and more. Proportionally sized tiles help students compare fractional values.

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  • - Add & Subtract Fractions
  • - Equivalences
  • - Mixed Numbers
  • - Comparing Fractions
  • - Common Denominators
  • - Dividing Fractions
  • - Ratios


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Fraction Tiles

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Learning About Fraction Tiles

Exploring Fraction Tiles

Fraction Tiles represent different fractions for instructive comparison. Expand the possibilities of teaching fractions and equivalence with proportionally sized tiles. Teach students how to compare and construct fractions, work with mixed numbers, and add/subtract fractions with like and unlike denominators.

Students should be given the opportunity to become comfortable and familiar with the tiles by creatively manipulating them. Encourage students to use the tiles to create patterns and designs. Challenge students to talk about the tiles and how they relate to one another.

Rainbow Fraction® Tiles represent a whole, halves, thirds, fourths, fifths, sixths, eighths, tenths, and twelfths. Each tile is broken into equal fractional parts and uses the same-sized whole.


Working with Fraction Tiles

Use Fraction Tiles to visually show students fraction equivalence and teach them about the relationships between fractional parts of the same whole and how to compare and construct fractions.

You can use Fraction Tiles to help familiarize students with how fractions are named and with the terms numerator and denominator. Make sure your students understand the parts of a fraction by explaining to them that 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 create one unit tile. Compare and order fractions by having students explore less than and greater than using the relative size of the tiles. Show equivalent fractions by recognizing and creating equivalent fractions. 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 equivalences by taking a piece that represents ½ and then finding 2 pieces that represent 1/4. Make sure your students notice that the 2, 1/4 pieces represent the same part of a whole as ½. This will help your students see that 1/2 and 2/4 are equivalent. Experiment with other size tiles to find more fractions that are equivalent to 1/2. Students can explore the many possibilities for creating parts of a whole with the fraction tiles.

Fractions is one of the hardest concept for my students and these gave them another concrete tool to discover equivalency, ordering, comparing and more.

- Everyday I'm Calculatin', TX



Here are activities for getting to know Fraction Tiles and beginning to use them to learn and understand the math they represent.

Activity Curriculum Strands Topics Downloads
Equivalent Fractions on Number Lines

Students practice creating equivalent fractions

Source: Differentiated Math Centers Grade 4 Card Set

Fractions Equivalence Download
Lunchtime Trades

Student learn and understand fractions as equal parts of a whole.

Source: Differentiated Math Centers Grade 3 Card Set

Fractions Equivalence Download

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