Kids who have been cruising along in math often seem to hit a wall once they get to fractions. But fractions don’t have to be difficult. In this quick video, I explain why the usual “1 part out of 4” definition can be confusing to kids. Plus, I show you a better definition that’s easier for kids to understand and helps them feel confident with fractions right from the start!

And if you’d like to learn more about teaching fractions, check out my new Well-Trained Mind Academy class starting in February. For just $35, you can attend three live online sessions where you’ll learn everything you need to know to teach fractions, from basic concepts up through fraction multiplication and division. Or, you can buy the recorded sessions for $25 and watch at your convenience. Either way, you’ll be ready to teach fractions with confidence.

Alexis Jaeger says

Hi, thanks for sharing!

I teach middle school math and I have previously defined it as “how many parts you have / how many parts it takes to make a whole.” Your way is good, too =)

Kate says

I like how that definition emphasizes how the parts are related to the whole! Thanks, Alexis. 🙂

Angie says

I am trying to explain fractions now to my eight year old. Love this video! I think I will buy the recorded session for myself to freshen up. We both are frustrated

Kate says

Glad you liked the video, Angie, and hope you find the recordings helpful, too!

Amanda says

Kate, that is a lovely way of teaching fractions! In fact, I had to laugh, because that is how I have always taught musical time signatures (which look like fractions). The time signature tells you how many of what kind of note (or equivalent) should be in a measure. Thanks for sharing!

Kate says

What a great connection, Amanda! I never thought of it that way, but it makes perfect sense. Thanks!