Fractions Greater Than One
Grade 4, Grade 5
Math & Movement
This floor mat offers a visual opportunity for students to understand the relationships between fractions greater than one and mixed numbers. For example, to have your student figure out the mixed number equivalent to 7/3, ask your student, “How many whole numbers are in 7/3?”
Have your student step on 7/3. Ask how many whole numbers that they can see on the mat before 7/3? Ask how many fraction pieces are left over. Have your student count the thirds after the whole number two up to 7/3. Your student will be able to count “one third” Then your student will see that the improper fraction 7/3 is the same as two and 1/2.
Give different numbers for the fourths section to help students understand the other side of the mat.