When you think of the number "five", the symbol "5" may come to mind. But if you think about it, "five" is also "four plus one", or "3 + 2". There are a ton of ways to break apart the number 5, or any number, for that matter! And being able to break apart numbers can be really helpful in math. Fractions are no different, and in this video, we'll be exploring how we can rewrite and break apart fractions.

Compare sums of fractions with different numerators

Match decomposed fractions with visual fraction models

Standards addressed

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.NF.B.3

Understand a fraction a/b with a > 1 as a sum of fractions 1/b.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.NF.B.3.B

Decompose a fraction into a sum of fractions with the same denominator in more than one way, recording each decomposition by an equation. Justify decompositions, e.g., by using a visual fraction model.