We began working with fractions by learning several songs ( several that included videos) , using manipulatives in games and an amazing app to visually add, subtract, find equivalence etc.
Fractions can be difficult to understand so the more visual, hands on methods helps deepen understanding. While this takes time it is worth every minute spent prior to the traditional worksheets.
SONG AND VIDEO
Rolling two fraction dice while using the fraction bars children are asked to select a fraction to race to one whole or bust before the teacher. Once they understand the game and the use of the manipulative, we begin using to the Virtual Manipulative app where we can show our understanding .