Math manipulatives play an important role in alternative learning of the fundamental concepts of the subject. We already did a post on some of the best math manipulatives to use in a classroom. Fraction Bars and Strips is one on the list.
As the name suggests, Fraction Bars/Strips are math manipulatives to have on-hands experience on the concepts of fractions and decimals. Every class must have atleast one fraction bars chart. Either you can purchase one from the amazon or make one of your own.
As per the request, Numberdyslexia.com is giving a free printable version of Fraction Bars/Strips Chart upto twentieth (up to 20). You can download the pdf version as well at the end of this post.
Fraction Bars/Strips Activity
There are alot of possibilities of learning through fraction which will be our concern for future posts. However, One typical practice is to let the kids color the the respective block of the black & white fraction bars and write an equation to get the result. Teacher can also color the blocks and then ask the kids on what the resultant will be?
Look at the fraction bars chart below,
In above example,
The equation will be: 1/2 + 1/2 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/12 + 1/12 + 1/12 + 1/12 + 1/12 + 1/12
The result will be : 2
Another step to go over this is to cut out the colored blocks on chart paper, then join them adjacently. On observing, the resultant block we get from joining will be doubled the 1 block.
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