Imagery is so important to help with conceptual understanding of fractions and I have seen some really powerful uses of imagery in lessons recently. So I thought I would create some kind of repository of fractions images that can easily be used when designing lessons involving fractions. The Windows snipping tool, Smart Notebook Screen Capture toolbar or Shift-command-4 on a Mac will all come in handy to quickly pull these images into your lesson.
A really quick way to create fraction images like these is on Excel (or Google Sheets). It’s much easier and more accurate than trying to create boxes in Powerpoint or on Smart Notebook. There are a random collection of these in this spreadsheet, all very easy to adjust by changing shading and/or borders of the cells as required.
You might be looking for something a bit more pictorial:
There is a large and also rather random collection of these in this PowerPoint. Many thanks to Declan Byrne from the London SE Maths Hub for agreeing to share these which have been compiled from his lessons.
Finally, there are some handy websites that enable you to create images which again can be quickly cropped into your lesson.
- National Strategies Virtual Manipulatives – there are a bunch of these that were created as part of the National Strategies and now hosted on eMaths. You can quickly and easily create bar fractions like these and add or remove the fraction, decimal, percentage and ratio alongside.
- NRICH Cuisenaire Environment – A simple to use tool for displaying Cuisenaire rods on screen with a grid.
3. Clip Art Kid – some images on this site which might be useful
A range of more complex fraction shapes including Tangrams:
If you have any more suggestions for places to find or ways to create fraction images, please let me know by leaving a comment below and I will update this blog post.