# Composing and Decomposing Fractions Activities

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

Students compose and decompose fractions to identify the parts that comprise the fraction. This asset contains activities for students learning to compose and decompose fractions.

## Composing and Decomposing Fractions

Composing and decomposing fractions helps students visualize fractions in a way that makes problem-solving easier. These activities provide support as you teach your upper elementary and middle school students about composing and decomposing fractions.

## Pattern Block Fractions

Students will compose and decompose fractions using pattern blocks, and they'll use the information the uncover to identify equivalent fractions.

#### Materials

• pattern blocks

#### Procedure

• Have students find as many ways as possible to duplicate the hexagon using the other pattern blocks.
• Have students write an equation that represents how each of the fractional parts can be added to create the whole hexagon.
• Have students identify other equivalent fractions using pattern blocks.

## Creating Fraction Strips

Students will create their own fraction strip manipulatives to explore composing and decomposing fractions.

#### Materials

• colored card stock cut into 9' x 2' strips
• scissors
• gallon-sized bags

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