Learning objects Shape fractions


Use this tool to explore how to express fractions and display them in different ways. Divide simple shapes into equal parts. Select regions, then express the area selected as a fraction (or equivalent). Manually select fractions or choose other options to set variables displayed.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students explore representation of fractions as parts of a shape.
  • Students explore written notation of fractions.
  • Students explore equivalent fractions.
Educational value
  • Enables students to explore fraction expressions by manipulating dividing tools to create equal portions within chosen base shapes.
  • Provides opportunities for students to generate fractions by shading parts of six base shapes.
  • Demonstrates the link between written fraction notation and equivalent fraction notation as shaded sections are selected or de-selected.
  • Empowers students to either make a given fraction, randomly generated, or to create their own fractions using the 'manual' mode.
Year level

2; 3; 4

Learning area
  • mathematics
  • Mathematics/Number and algebra
    • Mathematics/Fractions
    • Mathematics/Division
    • Mathematics/Algorithms
    • Mathematics/Equivalence
    • Mathematics/Geometry
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Analysis;
    • Experiment;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Independent learning;
    • Experiential learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Subject matter expert
    • Organisation: University of Western Sydney
    • Address: Penrith South NSW 2750 Australia
    • URL: http://www.uws.edu.au/
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
    Access profile
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    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
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    • MS-Windows - minimum version: x - maximum version: 7
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