Teaching and learning fractions can be* tricky* for both teachers and students. You need resources that help, not hinder that effort. Having really good, engaging **printable fraction activities for 3rd grade** can make a huge difference, especially as your students begin learning this difficult math concept.

### Where to Begin

Giving students the opportunity to use manipulatives such as pattern blocks or fraction bars is a great way for them to begin exploration. They can observe how the bars are divided and how they all add up to

**one whole.**I love to start each day’s fraction lesson with this activity. It helps to build concrete knowledge of fractions.### Parts of a Whole

This is where I begin teaching fractions in 3rd grade. Students have to get the basic idea that a piece of a whole has a name such as 1/2 or 1/3.

First, this worksheet allows them to count the number of parts in a shape (denominator), then the number of parts shaded (numerator), and finally naming the fraction it represents.

Second, students will shade the parts to represent a given fraction. This way they get to see parts of a whole two different ways.

If students are confused about this, go back to using manipulatives. Hands on, concrete practice first usually helps students grasp the concept.

### Unit Fractions

Now that students have learned that parts of a whole shape name a fraction, you can introduce them to unit fractions. This concept is important as they move forward in their understanding. Whenever a shape is divided into more than one part, that one part is called the unit fraction: 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/6, and so on.

Knowledge of unit fractions is essential for students. It is the foundation of understanding of all fractions.

This worksheet gives students practice naming the unit fractions listed above and is can be used as a reference sheet in their math notebook once it is completed.

### Fractions on a Number Line

This one is tough to learn! Placing a fraction on a number line is such an

*abstract*concept that many 3rd graders really struggle. But, don’t worry – I have TWO tips that will help so much!This worksheet asks students to place these five fractions on numbers lines that are already divided up for them. If you show them this “trick”, I think they will understand this concept so much easier!

### Tip #1

1. Have them shade the space between the hashmarks on the number line to show the denominator.

2. Circle the denominator in the same color.

3. Use a different color to draw the jumps that represent the numerator.

4. Circle the numerator in that color.

### Tip #2

Your students have probably drawn fraction bars to show different fractions. If not, now is a good time to teach it to them! Fraction bars are the easiest way for students to draw fractions where the parts are accurate in size.

1. So, I have them draw a fraction bar right above the number line that is the exact same length as the number line.

2. They will divide it into the same number of parts as the number line and then label each part.

Super easy and I love how visual this is! This method really helps them

*see*how the fraction “fits” on the number line.Both of these tips can really help you differentiate instruction for your students. They definitely lend themselves to the AHA moment for many students!

These examples shown above are just a few of the helpful worksheets included in this resource!

### What’s in this Fraction Worksheet Activities Packet?

The Fraction Worksheet Activities Packet includes:

- Parts of a Whole
- Unit Fractions
- Fractions on a Number Line
- Comparing Fractions with Like Denominators
- Comparing Fractions with Like Numerators
- Equivalent Fractions
- Create Fraction Designs
- Given this Number Line
- Solve Fraction Word Problems
- Why are these Fractions Equal?
- Given this Rectangle
- Find a Fraction that is…

I use these worksheets in

*so many ways*:- whole group modeling
- small group interventions
- homework
- early and fast finishers

*Grab this packet*in my store, so you can be prepared to help your students master this 3rd grade math concept: Fraction Worksheet Activities Packet.

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