Simplifying Fractions

Could that be any simpler? Pupils learn how to simplify fractions by using three steps; factor, cancel common factors, and then multiply. The video works several examples starting with some basic ones, eventually working up to a more complicated fraction to simplify.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Lead a discussion about what cancel out means
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes scholars understand how to factor whole numbers
  • The class should know about the greatest common factor

  • Starts by using a graphical representation of equivalent factors to show the meaning of the process
  • Includes a review at the end of the video of learned procedures

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Common Core