We’ve all been there, right? My daughter brought her math book to me, showed me the directions and just stood there with a lost look on her face hoping I would make it more clear to her. Reducing fractions without a go-to strategy can be scary for some kids. Here are some strategies I recommend to keep it easy.
This is the double dipping strategy because more times than not you will need another attempt to get to the answer. I share this one with you because it seems with my experience in working with kids this seems to be where they all start and think they’re done. However unless they picked the Greatest Common Factor, they usually have a little more to do. Here are two examples we came up with to show you this strategy.
Method #2 –
Now this is where we get down to instant business on those pesky fractions by reducing to lowest terms quickly. Same as the first strategy except you only circle the Greatest Common Factor. Next divide both the numerator and denominator by that number. Remember when you divide with fractions the number you use to divide needs to be the same number for both the numerator and the denominator.
Remember: A fraction is in lowest terms when both the numerator and denominator can no longer have a common factor.