IES Granadilla de Abona
Beatriz E. Afonso Martínez
A fraction is a method of counting parts of a thing.
The Egyptians were using fractions 40,000 years ago!
The top number of a fraction is called NUMERATOR.
The bottom number of a fraction is called
In spoken English people say the numerator as a cardinal
number followed by the ordinal of the denominator + ”s”.
In Maths, when we use fractions we usually say the
numerator OVER the denominator.
Four over six
Four over twelve
Two over ten
Can you read the following fractions? (Try to think of
the usual way instead of the mathematical way)
This shape is divided into 2 equal parts. One half is
Make a similar statement about each of the following
A B C
D E F
What fraction of the others is shaded?
One half of six:
A quarter of eight
One third of nine
One fifth of ten
One tenth of thirty
One half of 10€:
One third of £15
A quarter of £40
One fifth of 20$
One tenth of 80€
Seven over twenty
Five over twelve
1. In a group of students.
a. One tenth are boys. What fraction are girls?
b. Three quarters have brown hair. What fraction don’t have
c. Three fifths don’t wear glasses. What fraction wear glasses?
d. Five over eight can swim. What fraction can’t swim?
e. Seventeen over twenty are on time for school. What fraction
2. A football match last 90 minutes. How long is the
3. How many minutes are there in a quarter of an hour?
4. How many minutes are there in three quarters of an
5. In a street of 30 houses two thirds have alarms.
1. How many are alarmed?
2. How many are not alarmed?
6. How many months are there in
1. half of a year?
2. a quarter of a year?
3. Three quarters of a year?
A man is like a fraction whose numerator
is what he is and whose denominator is
what he thinks of himself. The larger the
denominator, the smaller the fraction.