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September, 2014

  1. Letters and numbers

    September 15, 2014 by pnoonan14

  2. NAPLAN Catch-up group

    September 15, 2014 by nsadler


    What is a fraction of something or a group of things?

    It is an equal part!

    So far we have looked at equal parts when one thing is divided. We expressed this as a fraction of that shape or of the number line e.g. 1/2, 1/4, 2/3, 1/5, 4/6 etc.

    frac1ae figs66


    When we compared shapes to one another and renamed each shape ‘the whole‘ we found that we could explain the value of any given shape acording to its relationship to the other shapes e.g. one large rectangle = five smaller rectanlges, therefore each smaller one is one fifth IF the larger one is ‘the whole’. IF the smaller one is ‘the whole’ then the larger one = 5.

    This brought us to ‘irregular fractions‘.

    We learned that an irregular fraction has a NUMERATOR that is larger in value than the DENOMINATOR. We also learned that the line dividing these two numbers is called the VINICULUM.



    An ‘irregular fraction’ can be changed into a ‘mixed number’ or a ‘whole number with a fraction beside it’. We found that this can be done by using division (divide the numerator by the denominator) and expressing the left-over as a fraction again.

    mixed number


    Now we can convert ‘irregular fractions’ to ‘mixed numbers’ and vice versa. There are a few experts in our group now who can help others do this.

    We also looked at equivalent fractions, decimal fractions and percents. We created a table to show the most common equivalents. If we know these by heart, then many calculations come easier!

    The Relationship of F P and D chart We used fraction pies to combine different fractions to see if we could fit them into the pie. We found that some combinations fitted exactly and others left parts missing or needed to squeeze together to actually fit.

    If we wrote these examples as number sentences this is what they looked like:

    1/3 + 1/6 + 1/2 = 1

    1/5 + 1/4 + 1/3 + 1/10 + 1/8 (does not equal) 1

    1/8 + 1/8 + 1/8 + 1/5 + 1/10 + 1/4 + x =1

    We found that in order to figure out these equations we needed to find common denominators for all the fractions. This wasn’t so easy! Knowing something about factors and multiples helps to find a common denominator. There are some people in the group who could explain that when the denominator changes then whatever you had to do to the denominator to get the new one – you have to do to the numerator.

    e.g  1/3 + 1/6 + 1/2 = 1 ….  2/6 + 1/6 + 3/6 = 6/6 = 1  Here we multiplied the first fraction by 2 (top and bottom) to make it into sixths and we multiplied 1/2 by 3 (top and bottom) to make it into sixths. Then we could add all the sixths together.

    Oh… and when the numerator and denominator are the same number they equal 1 – every time, no matter what. So 10/10 =1, 54/54 = 1, and even 1,496/1,496 = 1.

    Try some of these ‘addition of fractions’ number sentences.  Fractions addition worksheet.

    Fractions of a group of things

    When we tried to find a fraction of a group of things we used the ‘bar method’.

    Our stragey was:

    1. Write the worded problem

    2. Draw the problem

    3. Write the algorithm (or number sentence)

    For example:

    A pie maker made 64 pies for 8 schools. If each school received one eighth of the pies, how many did each school receive?

    Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 9.18.27 am  1/8 x 64 = 8    (*note that in this example ‘x’ means the same as ‘of’)

    Here some more examples of using the bar method with fractions:



    Try some of these problems involving fractions of groups or larger numbers.  Worded problems link.


  3. Workshops in week 10

    September 14, 2014 by nsadler

    Teacher workshops this week:


    Mr Noonan: Algebra (following on from last week’s sessions)


    Mrs Sadler: Applying knowledge of fractions, percentages and decimal fractions in worded problems

    Student Led Workshops

    Group 1


    Charlotte F & Siobhan – applying percentages to worded problems


    Eva-May, Maya, Grace – Division & Multiplication

    Henry – Angles

    Hannah S & Moanna – dividing decimals

    Lillyanna – algebra

    Group 2


    Connor – complimentary angles

    Charlie – calculating units of measurement


    Mia Y & Abbey – missing numbers

    Tayah & Kiara – number line

    Tom P & Josh – algebra

    Xavier and Dougal – adding fractions

  4. Workshops in Week 9

    September 5, 2014 by missnitschke

    Group 1

    Monday – Minecraft Maths with Kai

    Wednesday – The Metric System with Jessie and Ava


    1)Probability with Hollie and Ella G

    2)Decimals with Ella J

    3)Simplifying Fractions with Ned and Ethan

    4)Graphs with Sari, Rylee and Paris

    5)Pie Graphs with Elke and Charlotte


    Group 2

    Monday – Fractions with Tayah

    Wednesday – Angles with Martha


    1)Units of measurement with Charlie

    2)Algebra with Tom P

    3)Tarkyn and Laurence – Commutativity

    4)Multiplication strategies with Evie

    5)What is a Fraction? with Meghena

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