In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about about mixed numbers. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Mixed Numbers topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.
Classroom Activities for Teaching Mixed Numbers
Mixed Up Fractions
Give each small group of students a set of cards with the numerals 1 through 9 and a card with a fraction bar drawn on it. Then show a set of items to the class, such as three and a quarter oranges. Have each group create the mixed number that represents the set using their cards. Repeat the activity several times and then invite students to come up with their own mixed numbers to challenge the class. Be sure to walk around to different groups and make sure students created their mixed numbers correctly.
Reading the Paper
Name a mixed fraction, such as 4¼. Then have students represent the mixed number in some way. They may want to draw pictures, collect items into a set, or fold pieces of paper and color in equal parts. Encourage students to be creative! Have them share their work with the whole class. How many different ways can the class show a mixed number?
Family and Homeschool Activities for Teaching Mixed Numbers
Eat a Fraction
Prepare a healthy snack for your child, such as carrot or celery sticks or pieces of fruit. Then challenge your child to eat a fraction of their food. For example, you might say, “Eat one and a half sticks of celery.” You may want to cut up the snacks to help your child divide the food into equal parts. Then have your child challenge you to eat a fraction of your snacks. Be sure to “accidentally” eat an incorrect amount so your child can correct you.
Create fraction strips for your child to use. You can take strips of paper and divide them into equal sections, such as halves, quarters, thirds, eighths, or even twelfths. Leave several strips uncut to represent whole numbers. Then have your child use the fraction strips to model a mixed number. Guess what mixed number your child is representing, then switch roles and repeat the activity.