# Fraction Spinners

What do you know about the fraction

Stand up if it is a whole number.

Put a hand up if it can be simplified.

Hum if it is an improper fraction.

Sway from side to side if it is greater than a half.

This is a visual aid designed to be projected onto a whiteboard for whole class exposition. It also works well for use in remote teaching via video link. Click on the blue buttons to hide statements which would not be appropriate for your class.

#### Fraction Wall

The traditional fraction wall diagram showing the relationship between simple fractions. Click the bricks to change their colour.

www.transum.org/go/?to=wall

#### Equivalent Fractions

Practise finding equivalent fractions numerically and in fraction diagrams. A colourful was to learn about the properties of fractions.

www.transum.org/go/?to=equivalent

#### Fraction Line

Arrange the fractions in order from smallest to largest. Three different drag-and-drop challenges requiring an understanding of fractions.

www.transum.org/go/?to=frl

#### Vinculum

Find fractions which are larger than the previous fraction but less than one. A worthwhile investigation of strategies.

www.transum.org/go/?to=vinculum

#### Fractions

Do these four operations fractions calculations using pen and paper to help with the working out.

www.transum.org/go/?to=fract

#### Fractions Decimals Percentages

Revise the methods for converting fractions to decimals and percentages.

www.transum.org/go/?to=fracdecpercent

## Transum.org

This web site contains over a thousand free mathematical activities for teachers and pupils. Click here to go to the main page which links to all of the resources available.

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Mathematicians are not the people who find Maths easy; they are the people who enjoy how mystifying, puzzling and hard it is. Are you a mathematician?

Comment recorded on the 1 February 'Starter of the Day' page by M Chant, Chase Lane School Harwich:

"My year five children look forward to their daily challenge and enjoy the problems as much as I do. A great resource - thanks a million."

Comment recorded on the 1 May 'Starter of the Day' page by Phil Anthony, Head of Maths, Stourport High School:

"What a brilliant website. We have just started to use the 'starter-of-the-day' in our yr9 lessons to try them out before we change from a high school to a secondary school in September. This is one of the best resources on-line we have found. The kids and staff love it. Well done an thank you very much for making my maths lessons more interesting and fun."

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##### Featured Activity

This spectacular magic trick never fails to amaze people of all ages assuming they can add and subtract very simple numbers. The mathematics comes in finding out how the trick works.

## Numeracy

"Numeracy is a proficiency which is developed mainly in Mathematics but also in other subjects. It is more than an ability to do basic arithmetic. It involves developing confidence and competence with numbers and measures. It requires understanding of the number system, a repertoire of mathematical techniques, and an inclination and ability to solve quantitative or spatial problems in a range of contexts. Numeracy also demands understanding of the ways in which data are gathered by counting and measuring, and presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables."

Secondary National Strategy, Mathematics at key stage 3

## Go Maths

Learning and understanding Mathematics, at every level, requires learner engagement. Mathematics is not a spectator sport. Sometimes traditional teaching fails to actively involve students. One way to address the problem is through the use of interactive activities and this web site provides many of those. The Go Maths main page links to more activities designed for students in upper Secondary/High school.

## Teachers

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It may be worth remembering that if Transum.org should go offline for whatever reason, there are mirror site at Transum.info that contains most of the resources that are available here on Transum.org.

When planning to use technology in your lesson always have a plan B!

EHC, The Market Weighton School

Monday, November 15, 2010

"It's a good feature to let you take out particular instructions either for weaker students or to gradually increase the difficulty of the task. Spot on!"

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

"Oh My Gosh!! â€˜Fraction Spinnersâ€™ is a fantastic format for an activity in a Zoom session with students!!! Please make more versions of this!"

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