Not So Impossible Improper Fractions!

Contributor: Elephango Editors. Lesson ID: 10130

Are you mixed up about mixed numbers? Is there a proper way to convert improper fractions to mixed numbers? With games, videos, and your cooking skills, learn to create and convert improper fractions!


Fractions and Operations

learning style
Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Lion, Beaver
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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  • What do you do when converting improper fractions to mixed numbers?

Learn how to convert improper fractions to mixed numbers by dividing, and understand what the improper fractions and mixed numbers mean.

  • Are you ready?

Begin with the video below on changing an improper fraction into a mixed number.

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Answer the following questions.

  • What are three ways fractions can be shown?
  • What is the numerator? What does it represent?
  • What is the denominator? What does it represent?
  • What is an improper fraction?
  • What do you know about the value of an improper fraction?

Fractions can be shown as a picture, as a number, or on a number line.

The numerator is the top number in a fraction and tells how many parts there are. The denominator is the bottom number and tells how many equal parts the whole is divided into.

An improper fraction is when the numerator is bigger than the denominator, so its value is always greater than 1.

As you watch this next video, pay attention to the steps for converting an improper fraction to a mixed number and the visual representation of what the improper fraction and mixed number mean.

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Write out the steps for converting an improper fraction to a mixed number using the Improper Fractions to Mixed Numbers Flow Chart from Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar.

Then, check your chart against the steps below and make any necessary corrections.

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  • Are you ready to create and convert some improper fractions on your own?

Move to the Got It? section!

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