# What’s a fraction?

Let’s start there. A fraction is composed of two numbers, one stacked upon the other with a dash separating them.

The bottom number is called the DENOMINATOR. It’s the number of equal parts a whole is divided into.

In one half the denominator is 2, the whole is divided into 2 equal parts.

1

—

2

The top number is how many of those parts you have. In this case, you have 1.

**Examples, PowerPoint and Videos Galore! **

Now you know if you follow this blog, you know I am a big believe in providing students with multiple examples and multiple contexts. I also think for most students you need to explain a concept more than once. After teaching many, many classes, I have come to believe that the answer to “Do I really need to teach this again?” is almost always, “Yes.”

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One-half is fair | One-half is fair |

What is half? | What is half? |

## How to understand what half is in Video

Just to make it even clearer, here’s a video answering the question, “What is half?” with examples:

*End your class with style learning fractions by playing Fish Lake*

## FISH LAKE

Description: In Fish Lake, players practice with Fractions while learning math problem-solving strategies.

Intructions: MAC OS X, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

**NOTE:** If you get a message about ‘unidentified developer’ here is how to fix it in 5 seconds or less.

Recommended for | 4-6 grade |

Math Standards alignment | 5-6 grade |

Math topics | Fractions |

Culture | Ojibwe |

Available for | Mac, MAC OS X, Win 7 Win 8, Win 10 |