# Reflections from Teaching: Fraction Talks

Some great low threshold, high ceiling ideas here. I could see a whole lesson talking about fractions and getting students to create their own. Would work well for mixed attainment groups.

Also, this is a great digital manipulative for lots of things fractions, decimals and percentages.

In this post, I want to describe my experience with the Fraction Talks Activity I originally borrowed from Nat Banting’s site. He has since become a curator to www.fractiontalks.com, a website devoted to various templates teachers may use – if you haven’t seen it yet, it is very worthwhile to check out!

After pondering about the original blog post for a few minutes, I was struck with just how versatile these templates are at connecting certain mathematical aspects together, and providing a visual representation of certain operations/ideas. The fraction talk template that I used when I worked with two classes of Grade7/8 was the following:

Concept of Fraction

Perhaps one of the most basic uses of the template is to connect it to the general concept of a fraction: a shaded portion of a whole, in which the whole has been divided into equal parts. To do this, we…

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