Does anyone have any good activities/lesson plans for fractions? My students will be adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions and I can't come up with anything good.

Can you be more specific? I spend almost all year when teaching 5th to cover those topics. I start out by having them see patterns in equivalent fractions. 3/6 = 5/10 because the top/down pattern is double the numerator equals the denominator. Then I show them a side-by-side pattern. I do this at the beginning of the year before they have been taught common denominators or anything. It seems to take the pressure off and makes it like a puzzle. I would put a couple of them up on the board each morning for bell work. Then I would leave out one numerator and have them find it by looking for the pattern.

it might seem lame... but my kids loved this yesterday! I broke the kids up into pairs and gave them a pair of dice. Player 1 rolls both of the dice. The smaller number becomes the numerator, the larger is the denominator. Then, player 1 rolls again for the second fraction, and adds the fractions together. Player 2 does the same thing and whoever comes up with the largest sum, wins a point for the round. We did a round for each operation: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division. In order to win each round, they have to come up with the larger fraction. It was so simple, and they just loved it! For my higher students, I had them use improper fractions, instead of just simple fractions. They really started to see how fractions work and were thinking logically about how they could create the bigger fraction. We used this as review for our test.

I always use geometry to teach the concept of fraction, addition and subtraction. For instance, a chocolate divided into small equal rectangles or a cake divided into equal sectors.

Teacheroo, that sounds like a good activity. I just finished working on multiplying and dividing fractions and some of my kids definitely need some follow up work to help understand it better. This could be a fun thing to do with them.

I found some fraction cards in my classroom last week... today my kids played War with them and tomorrow they'll do a Fraction Match game with equivalent fractions. You could probably make something similar pretty quickly if you've got a parent helper.

With 5th grade I did M&M's with fractions. Each kid got a bag of M&M's (either fun sized, or I got a big bag and divided them up into snacksized ziplock bags). You can find the fraction for each color that you have, reduce them, add 1 color plus another color, subtract one color from another color (where it's applicable). I'm sure you can multiply or divide it as well! The kids always like it because they can put their hands on it and SEE it, plus when they're done, they get to eat them!

fraction cards seem like a great way to teach them and have fun at the same time. I think I would like to use them next year. Did the students enjoy playing war?

The Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar Fraction Book - http://www.amazon.com/Hersheys-Milk-Chocolate-Fractions-Book/dp/0439135192 one of my favorite math teacher's does this book and activity with her sixth graders. She has the kids bring in their own chocolate bars though.

Have you ever heard of Miss Fraction? It was a book of stories about fractions. Then, the kids wrote their own. This was back about 10 years ago, and my colleague used it. Try a search for Miss or Ms. Fraction online.

I've done this also! We were making cookie mix jars and they were to make their own winter gifts. I only made one change with the materials (hee hee hee :lol Each group only got one measuring device! one table would get the 1/8 tsp, another would get the 1/4 tsp, ``the recipe called for 1/2 tsp I did the same with the measuring cups We discussed what could happen if the recipe wasn't measured properly. There was a lot of discussion on equivalent fractions, multiplying fractions, dividing fractions, problem solving, whole to part, part to whole..... One tip.... make sure they have some background on fractions before you start. My students retained their knowledge of fractions after this lesson.