Unit 8 has two primary objectives:
to review the uses of fractions and
fraction notation
to help children develop a solid
understanding of
equivalent fractions , or fractions that have
the same value
The second objective is especially important, because
understanding equivalent fractions will help children
compare fractions and, later, calculate with fractions.
Children will build their understanding of equivalent
fractions by working with Fraction Cards and
namecollection boxes. Fraction Cards are shaded to
show a variety of fractions.
Namecollection boxes contain equivalent names for the
same number. For example, a namecollection
box can contain fractions such as , and
and the
decimal 0.50.
Children will also generate lists of equivalent fractions by
folding circles and rectangles into different numbers of equal parts.
Throughout this unit, children will make up and solve
number stories involving fractions in everyday contexts.
They will solve number stories about collections of
real world objects such as crayons, books, and cookies.
Finally, children will begin to name quantities greater than
1 with fractions such as
and and
with mixed numbers
such as .
Please keep this Family Letter for reference as
your child works through Unit 8.
Vocabulary
Important terms in Unit 8:
fraction A number in the form
where a and b are
whole numbers and b is not 0. A fraction may be
used to name part of a whole, to compare two
quantities, or to represent division. For example,
can be thought of as 2 divided by 3.
denominator The number below the line in a
fraction. A fraction may be used to name part of a
whole. If the whole is divided into equal parts, the
denominator represents the number of equal parts
into which the whole (the ONE or unit whole) is
divided. In the fraction , b is the
denominator.
numerator
denominator 

number of parts shade
number of equal parts 

numerator The number
above the line in a fraction.
A fraction may be used to
name part of a whole. If
the whole (the ONE or
unit whole) is divided into
equal parts, the numerator represents the number of
equal parts being considered. In the fraction ,
a is
the numerator.
equivalent fractions Fractions with different
denominators that name the same number. For
example, and
are equivalent fractions.
mixed number A number that is written using
both a whole number and a fraction. For example,
is a mixed number equal to
.
Building Skills through Games
In Unit 8, your child will practice multiplication skills , build his or
her understanding
of fractions, and practice skills related to chance and probability by
playing the following
games. For detailed instructions, see the Student Reference Book.
Baseball Multiplication
Players use multiplication facts to score runs. Team members take turns
pitching by rolling
two dice to get two factors. Then players on the batting team take turns
multiplying the
two factors and saying the product .
Equivalent Fractions Game
Players take turns turning over Fraction Cards and try
to find matching cards that show equivalent fractions.
Fraction TopIt
Players turn over two Fraction Cards and compare the shaded parts of the
cards. The player
with the larger fraction keeps all the cards. The player with more cards
at the end wins!
The Block Drawing Game
Without letting the other players see the blocks, a Director puts five
blocks in a paper bag and
tells the players how many blocks are in the bag. A player takes a block
out of the bag. The
Director records the color of the block for all players to see. The
player replaces the block. At
any time, a player may say Stop! and guess how many blocks of each color
are in the bag. 
DoAnytime Activities
To work with your child on the concepts taught in this unit and in previous
units , try these interesting and
rewarding activities:
1. Help your child find fractions in the everyday world—in advertisements, on
measuring tools, in
recipes, and so on.
2. Count together by a 1 digit number . For example, start at 0 and count by 7s.
3. Dictate 5, 6, and 7digit numbers for your child to write, such as thirteen
thousand, two hundred
fortyseven (13,247) and three million, two hundred twentynine thousand, eight
hundred fiftysix
(3,229,856). Also, write 5, 6, and 7 digit numbers for your child to read to
you.
4. Practice extended multiplication and division facts such as 3× 7 __, 30 ×7
__, and 300× 7 __,
and 18÷ 6 __, 180 ÷6 __, and 1,800 ÷6 __.
As You Help Your Child with Homework
As your child brings home assignments, you may want to go over the instructions
together, clarifying
them as necessary. The answers listed below will guide you through this unit’s
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