Teaches students to concretely simplify fractions. The whole lesson can be found at http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Colors-Tiles-and-Simplifying-Fractions

Published on: **Mar 4, 2016**

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- 1. Lesson 2- Simplifying fractionsBefore student can begin to fully understand the concept of how fractions can be simplified apicture of the process of simplifying the fraction will need to be created for the students. Inlesson 2 the students will gain the understanding of how to create and identify equivalentfractions (simplify) using color tiles.IntroductionThis lesson builds on lesson 1 before introducing lesson 2 review how to create fractions.Simplifying fractions conceptually can be introduced by modeling the creation of fraction 4/8using green and yellow color tiles.Example: Numerator is one Step 1: After creating break the group is yellow colors into 2 equal groups. The colors cannot be mixed to create equal groups. The first way that can be group is 2 groups of 4. Now the fraction has changed from to . The denominator is how many groups that = were created and the numerator is how many groups are yellow. Make a special note to the students that when creating new fractions (equivalent fractions) the role that the denominator plays is now how many Denominator is groups there are in all and the the total numerator is how many groups are number groups yellow. This will help the student that was connect this concept to what was created previously learned in lesson 1. Group 1 Group 2
- 2. Group 1 Group 2 Step 2: The second way that can be created into a new fraction is to have 4 equal groups with 2 color tiles in each group. Two of the groups will yellow color tiles and the other 2 will have green color tiles.Group 3 Group 4 *Remember do not mix the colors numerator – 2 groups of yellow = denominator- 4 groups in allRepeat this activity using the resource practice pages provided.