# Exploring Fractions on a Geoboard

### Written by Donna Boucher

Donna has been a teacher, math instructional coach, interventionist, and curriculum coordinator. A frequent speaker at state and national conferences, she shares her love for math with a worldwide audience through her website, Math Coach’s Corner. Donna is also the co-author of Guided Math Workshop.
##### Fractions & Decimals | Grades 3-5 | Technology

My third-grade team is starting their unit on fractions after the first of the year, so I’ve been checking out resources for them to use.  Our district recently purchased a wonderful book from Math Solutions titled Beyond Pizzas & Pies: 10 Essential Strategies for Supporting Fraction Sense.  I can already tell from Chapter 1 that it’s going to be a great resource for lessons that develop deep understanding.

I want to incorporate some technology into these lessons, and a great resource is the Geoboard app from The Math Learning Center.  It’s one of the many free apps they offer.  You can see from the screenshot below that students can use virtual rubber bands to create and partition figures.  The shading feature helps students visualize fractions.

I am so excited to see how these great resources will help our kiddos develop a deeper understanding of fractions!

1. Very interesting concept. It was interesting watching the kids to come up with different ways to make half and then prove it to the teacher. Thanks for sharing!
Kelly