Please tell me your tips and tricks to teaching basic fractions. I'm talking 1/2, 1/4, 1/3, whole, 1/2+1/2= a whole... Those kinds of things. I cut paper plates and labeled them and used measuring cups but they didn't seem to help too much. The plates helped more than the cupa but she is still confused. Help please!!! Math and science are my biggest weakness so I have a hard time finding a good way to teach my kiddos when I suck at the subject.
With DD we have done it with pizza or breakfast quesadillas. When she got one we would count the pieces and turn it into a fraction. As she ate them she would proudly start telling me how much she had eaten and we would put it in terms of fractions and go over subtracting and adding the fractions.
I used a muffin tin and cut out circles to go on the tops. Then I would use rulers to "cut" the tin into halves, thirds, quarters, sixths, and twelfths. Covering the tops and changing the rulers' postitions to show equal fractions. IE cover 2 muffin holes and show how it is 2/12 and also 1/6, cover three sections and show 3/12 and 1/4, cover 4 holes and show 4/12, 2/6 and 1/3, etc.
You could also use candy or lego's and her "friends" (siblings, stuffed animals, pets, whatever works) and say you have 2 friends and you should each get the same because it's fair-that is 1/2...then 4 friends need the same to be fair, that's 1/4 for each. My DD will need this very physical hands on this year to be sure she really grasps it, and this is my plan for her.