# Free Fraction Strips

 GradeA's free fraction strips are a great resource to use in the classroom, or at home.  Please feel free to download or print them.  Also, don't miss our lessons on how to use the fraction strips to get your child or student to really understand the meaning of fractions. Its a tough subject, but the information below helps make it an understandable concept. Keep reading to find out more or download now!

 What are Fraction Strips and Why Use Them?

Fraction strips are simply strips of paper that are sectioned off represent the "parts of a whole."  They can come in different shapes, sizes, and colors, and can be used as manipulatives for many fraction lessons.

Example:  A fraction strip of size 4

The most basic purpose of this fraction strip is to show the meaning of "one-fourth."  It can also be used in conjunction with another fraction strip to show that two-fourths = one-half.

To download a larger version of the picture below, click here to open a .pdf file. Feel free to use them as is, or modify the strips. Enjoy!

The .pdf file above above, which can also be accessed by clicking on the picture, has fraction strips in the following sizes:

2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, and 16.  Terms & Conditions.
 Lesson Activities for the Fraction Strips

A series of useful activities can be found at this site.  Of course, you will not need to take the time to make the strips because you have GradeA's free download at your disposal.

 Showing Equivalent and Non-equivalent Fractions Have your students demonstrate 1/2 using all 10 different strips.  You can then explain the concept of lowest terms as having the least number of pieces in your strip. Adding Fractions with Like and Unlike Denominators
 First have the students use several copies of a fraction strip of the same size.  We can use eighth's for example.  Have the students fold and layer 2/8 and 3/8 on top of a strip that is showing 5/8. Once they understand like denominators, you'll have a great opportunity to expand on the topic of adding fractions.  You can easily demonstrate the 2/8 + 3/4 is not equal to 5/8 like we did in the previous example. Most Fraction Lessons Can be Taught this Way Now that you know how to use your fraction strips, maybe you want to learn all the rules of fractions or download free fraction worksheets.