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There are 366 different Starters of The Day, many to choose from. You will find in the left column below some starters on the topic of Fractions. In the right column below are links to related online activities, videos and teacher resources.

A lesson starter does not have to be on the same topic as the main part of the lesson or the topic of the previous lesson. It is often very useful to revise or explore other concepts by using a starter based on a totally different area of Mathematics.

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Fractions Starters:

Coins On The Table: A puzzle about the number of coins on a table given information about fractions of them.

Fractangle: Can you see what fractions of the shapes have been shaded? It is not as difficult as it first appears.

Fraction Order: Arrange the fractions and decimals in order from smallest to largest.

Fractions Decimals Percentages: Convert fractions to decimals, decimals to percentages and percentages to fractions.

Giraffe: The height of this giraffe is three and a half metres plus half of its height. How tall is the giraffe?

Half Hearted: Find the number which when added to the top (numerator) and bottom (denominator) of each fraction make it equivalent to one half.

Halloween: Five problems with a Halloween theme.

Inbetweens: Find fractions between two given values.

Loopy Lake: Match the fractions to their decimal equivalents and join them with lines that do not cross.

One Fifth: Investigate three fractions which add together to give one fifth.

One Ninth: Investigate three fractions which add together to give one ninth.

Recurring Decimal: Use your calculator to find which whole number divided by another whole number gives the answer 1.36363636

Refreshing Revision: It is called Refreshing Revision because every time you refresh the page you get different revision questions.

Two Thirds: Make a poster showing a variety of calculations that give the answer two thirds.


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Lemon Law

Lemon Law

A fascinating digit changing challenge. Change the numbers on the apples so that the number on the lemon is the given total. Can you figure out, by understanding place value, how this works?



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A fraction is a part of a number. Fractions are either vulgar or decimal. Vulgar fractions can be proper, improper or mixed. Equivalent fractions have the same value.

Pupils, at all stages of their learning, should practise using fractions. From dealing with halves, the most basic fraction, to manipulating algebraic fractions containing surds, this topic is always relevant. Proficiency also depends on reasonable numeracy skills particularly the multiplication tables and finding the lowest common multiple of two numbers. Pupils also need to be able to convert vulgar fractions to decimals and percentages and vice versa.

Be wary of teaching the 'rules' for manipulation fractions by rote. Pupils need to understand the reason why and the time-honoured key to understanding starts with the imaginary pizza and the much-used fraction wall.

Fractions Teacher Resources:

Fraction Spinners: Know the properties of the fractions randomly produced by the two spinners.

Fraction Wall: The traditional fraction wall diagram showing the relationship between simple fractions.

Fractions Decimals Percentages: Revise the methods for converting fractions to decimals and percentages.

How old was Diophantus?: An ancient riddle which can be answered by solving an equation containing fractions.

Fractions Activities:

Algebraic Fractions: A mixture of algebraic fraction calculations and simplifications.

Cheese and Onion Pies: Sort the fractions from smallest to largest.

Equivalent Fraction Pairs: The traditional pairs or Pelmanism game adapted to test knowledge of equivalent fractions.

Equivalent Fractions: Practise finding equivalent fractions numerically and in fraction diagrams.

Express as a Fraction: Express one quantity as a fraction of another, where the fraction could be less than 1 or a mixed number.

Fraction Decimal Pairs: The traditional pairs or Pelmanism game adapted to test knowledge of simple fractions and their equivalent decimals.

Fraction Line: Arrange the fractions in order from smallest to largest.

Fraction Matcher: Match shapes and numbers in this fractions activity. Challenge yourself on many levels.

Fraction Order: Arrange the fractions and decimals in order from smallest to largest.

Fraction Percentage: Match the fraction with the equivalent percentage. A drag and drop self marking exercise.

Fraction Percentage Pairs: The traditional pairs or Pelmanism game adapted to test knowledge of simple fractions and their equivalent percentages.

Fractions: A series of self-marking exercises on adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions.

Fractions, Decimals, Percentages: An exercise on converting fractions to decimals, decimals to percentages and percentages to fractions.

Inequalities: Check that you know what inequality signs mean and how they are used to compare two quantities. Includes negative numbers, decimals, fractions and metric measures.

Mixed Numbers: A self marking quiz about the application of the four operations to mixed numbers.

Recurring Decimals: Find the pairs of whole numbers that give the given quotients.

Vinculum: A challenge to find fractions which are larger than the previous fraction but less than one.

Finally there is Topic Test, a set of 10 randomly chosen, multiple choice questions suggested by people from around the world.

Fractions Videos:

Fraction Basics Song: A free trial lesson from Math Upgrade dot com.

Fractions addition and subtraction trick: Forget finding common denominators when adding dissimilar fractions - this way is much faster and easier.

Fractions Worksheets:

Take Sides Questions: Thirty pairs of numbers or calculations. Which one of the pair is the largest?

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