Videos are a great tool for reaching the students in your class that are visual. Fractions are a difficult concept to teach without visuals so I try to incorporate them as much as I can. Here are five fraction videos that teach everything from basic fractions to equivalent fractions.
This fraction video by Numberock has a catchy tune and has some humor too. It’s a great way to introduce or re-introduce after a long break. It mentions fractions of a whole, set and number line.
This is a very simple video for introducing parts of a whole. It’s really quick and can be used to teach numerator and denominator. It uses a pizza and donut as examples so that alone should interest the kids. Ha!
We all have those days where it takes a lot to teach because we’re not feeling so hot. This fraction video is longer so it’s a great one to use if you have a sub or need to teach the lesson but you’re not feeling so great. If you use a program like Edpuzzle you can even input questions throughout the video so the kids are engaged as they watch the video.
When I teach comparing fractions I tell the kids that the alligator always wants to eat the bigger fraction. This video goes perfectly with that because the space gators are hungry and want to eat the bigger fraction. Comparing fractions is so difficult for third graders to visualize. A suggestion would be to have the kids use fraction bars or circles as you play the video. Stop at certain parts to reinforce what is being taught.
Here’s another video by Numberock but this one is for teaching equivalent fractions. It has a catchy tune just like the other video too! It’s geared towards 3rd and 4th grade so it has a part about multiplying by the same number. Just skip that part if you are using this in third grade.
Let me know if you try any of these fraction videos in your classroom!