## Fraction Representation Makers

One of the things I always find difficult when teaching fractions is finding accurate ways to create the images I desire. I have found two sites which create the representations I want in my lessons.

The first is part of a large suite of online materials.

VisualFractions.com has a large range of tools linked to fractions. The page above is the basic fraction maker which I use a lot. The site has clear instructions for each area and works really well. The downsides, for me, are the lack of colour choice and no possibility to change the orientation of the final image. It can, however, create improper fractions.

The second site I use is TeachableMath.com‘s fraction shape maker.

This has the option to make shapes as polygons or circles, provides space to apply a custom colour and can rotate the images. Unlike my other option, this cannot make images for improper fractions.

As always, if you use these links in your lessons, I’d love to hear how you get on!

## MathsBot’s Manipulatives

MathsBot is a recent discovery of mine which has a few great tools aimed at older maths learners – on loading, it displays resources for GCSE pupils, for example.

However, it also has a section of online manipulatives which are great to use in the Primary classroom – particularly one which may be lacking somewhat in concrete resources.

Now, I know that online and virtual pictorial representations are no substitute for hands on experience, but they still have a place in the classroom.

Right now, there are 12 available:

• algebra tiles
• bar modelling
• counters
• counting stick
• Cuisenaire rods
• Dienes blocks
• fraction wall
• geoboard
• number frame
• pentominoes
• place value counters
• unit box

Of those, a handy way to create place value counters and Dienes blocks, will prove invaluable to me.

## Free Download: Mathematical Vocabulary Flashcards

The following ten files are a straightforward set of mathematical vocabulary flashcards. I have grouped them by topic and have written on in small lettering where in the curriculum the term is introduced.

A sample page from the addition and subtraction group is shown below. All of the pages share the same design.

Feel free to share with colleagues – I would love to know how they are being used.