## Sunday, February 14, 2016

### What is a Fraction

A fraction is a part of a whole.

Lets a say we cut a whole apple in to 2 pieces.

We will get two halves (1/2) .  Now if we cut it again, we will have 4 pieces or four quarters (1/4).

### Compare Fractions:

Now lets compare fractions.  If we want to compare fractions, we need to draw pictures.

For example, we can take 1/2 and  3/4.

Which is a bigger piece?  We can see that 3/4 is bigger than 1/2. It is bigger because we have 1 more piece.

Pattern Block Fractions:

Please check these shapes below,

1 Hexagon has 2 Trapezoids or 3 rhombuses or 6 triangles.
1 Trapezoid has 1 rhombus and 1triangle or 3 triangles.
1 rhombus has 2 triangles.

Lets write these in fractions:

## Types of Fractions:

There are 3 types of fractions.

• Proper Fractions
• Improper Fractions
• Mixed Fractions
Proper Fractions:
When a numerator is smaller than the denominator, it is called a proper fraction.

Improper Fractions:
When numerator is bigger than the denominator, it is called an improper fraction.

Mixed Fractions:
Mixed fractions have a whole number and a fraction.

Check this video to find the fractions on the number line