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FUNNY & FABULOUS FRACTION STORIES 30 Reproducible Math Tales and Problems To Reinforce Important Fraction Skills by Dan Greenberg SCHOLASTIC ROFESSIONAL OOKS P B New York • Toronto • London • Auckland • Sydney Funny & Fabulous Fraction Stories © Dan Greenberg, Scholastic Teaching ResourcesTeachers may photocopy the designated reproducible pages for classroom use. No other part of this publication may be reproduced in whole or in part, or stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying or otherwise, without written permission of the publisher. For infor- mation regarding permission, write to Scholastic, 555 Broadway, New York, 10012. Cover design by Jaime Lucero, Liza Charlesworth, and Vincent Ceci Interior design by Robert Dominguez and Jaime Lucero for Grafica, Inc. Illustrations by Jared Lee ISBN 0-590-96576-X Copyright © 1996 by Dan Greenberg. All rights reserved. Printed in the U.S.A. Funny & Fabulous Fraction Stories © Dan Greenberg, Scholastic Teaching ResourcesContents HOW TO USE THIS BOOK. . . . . . . . . . . 5 ADDING AND SUBTRACTING FRACTIONS Skill 9: Adding and Subtracting THE BASICS Fractions with Like Denominators Skill 1: Picturing Fractions Rex Roper’s Believe It or Not . . . . . . 28 Martha Crunch, Personal Skill 10: Adding and Subtracting Mixed Fractions Trainer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Numbers with Like Denominators Texarkana Bernstein: The World’s Greatest Adventurer and Her Trusty Dog, Woovis (Episode 1) . . . . . . . . . . 31 Skill 11: Least Common Denominators Officer Meg O’Malley of the Fraction Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Skill 12: Adding and Subtracting Fractions with Unlike Denominators Martha’s Brain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Skill 13: Adding Mixed Numbers with Unlike Denominators Texarkana Bernstein: The World’s Skill 2: Recognizing Fractions Greatest Adventurer and Her Trusty Great Artists of the World Dog, Woovis (Episode 2). . . . . . . . . . . 40 Draw Fractions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Skill 3: Drawing and Identifying Fractions The History of Fractions: A Play . . . . 13 Skill 4: Comparing Fractions Dear Ms. Fraction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Skill 5: Equivalent Fractions Louie Lewis, Fractional Private Eye . . 18 Skill 6: Introduction To Simplest Form Martha and Steve: Simplest Form. . . 20 Skill 7: Improper Fractions and Mixed Numbers Joe Trella, Fraction Fella . . . . . . . . . . 22 Skill 14: Subtracting Mixed Numbers Skill 8: Practice Simplest Form with Unlike Denominators Never More, Baltimore . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Billy Doogan, Roving Weather Man . . 43 Skill Review Skill Review Ultra Workout 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Ultra Workout, Too . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 continued on next page Funny & Fabulous Fraction Stories © Dan Greenberg, Scholastic Teaching Resources 99999999999999999Contents MULTIPLYING AND DIVIDING USING FRACTIONS FRACTIONS Skill 22: Multiplying Probabilities The Critics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Skill 15: Multiplying Fractions by Whole Numbers Skill 23: Ratios Emily Taproot, Fractional Poet . . . . . 47 Arnold Guck: Man or Myth? . . . . . . . 65 Skill 16: Multiplying Fractions The Frackie Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Skill 17: Reciprocals Emily Taproot’s Winky-Tinky Tigglesworth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Skill 18: Dividing Fractions Louie Lewis: The Case of the Flipping Fractions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Skill 19: Multiplying And Dividing Mixed Numbers Officer Meg O’Malley: Episode 2 . . . . 56 Skill 20: Multiplying and Dividing Mixed Numbers Yucky Cooking with Mr. Pierre . . . . . 58 Skill 24: Equivalent Fractions and Decimals Enid The Magnificent, Part 1. . . . . . . 68 Skill 25: Equivalent Fractions and Decimals Enid the Magnificent, Part 2: Enid Does the Unthinkable . . . . . . . . 70 Skill 26: Fraction Number Sense Name That Fraction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Skill 27: Multiplication, Division and Addition Martha’s Brain Game. . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 TEST 1: THE ULTIMATE FRACTION Skill 21: Multiplying and Dividing Fractions WORKOUT, PART ONE . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Martha Crunch and Her Amazing TEST 2: THE ULTIMATE FRACTION Fraction Workout Video . . . . . . . . . . . 60 WORKOUT, PART TWO . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Skill Review Ultra Workout 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 ANSWERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Funny & Fabulous Fraction Stories © Dan Greenberg, Scholastic Teaching Resources 99999999999999999How To Use This Book elcome to Funny & Fabulous National Council of Teachers of W Fraction Stories Mathematics’ Curriculum Standards. Fractions are a tricky topic. Neither completely concrete or abstract, they The stories in this book are intended mark the transition in math from to appeal to all kinds of learners, the purely representational to the including: purely symbolic. Because of this, many students find fractions diffi- • students at all achievement cult to learn—and many teachers levels find them difficult to teach. • students working with fractions This book seeks to make fractions for the first time more accessible to both students • older students who need review and teachers by introducing an ele- and enrichment ment of fun. The stories, poems, • students who find it difficult to plays, and parodies contained in visualize and conceptualize frac- these pages are designed to enter- tions tain your students and at the same time to give them a solid grasp of • students not easily motivated by important fractional concepts. The traditional textbooks characters and situations in each • students who seek a connection activity will also help students apply between their own lives and the concepts they learn to real-life mathematical concepts situations—a key element of the 5 Funny & Fabulous Fraction Stories © Dan Greenberg, Scholastic Teaching Resources 99999999999THE ACTIVITIES This book is divided into four sec- tions: • The Basics, which covers general fractional concepts, from visualiz- ing fractions to expressing frac- tions in simplest form • Adding and Subtracting Fractions • Multiplying and Dividing Fractions • Using Fractions, where students apply the fraction skills they have learned to calculate probability, To make selecting appropriate activi- ratios, and decimals. ties an easier task, the table of con- tents lists the primary concepts cov- ered in each activity. Sprinkled throughout the book are a series of “One Way to Do It” tip ASSESSMENT boxes. Each suggests a strategy Each of the first three sections con- which students may find helpful in cludes with a Skill Workout that solving the problems in that particu- reinforces concepts covered in that lar activity. Students should not be section. In addition, two tests appear limited to that specific solving strat- at the end of the book. egy, however; if they prefer using a • Test No. 1 covers sections 1 and method other than the one suggest- 2, including basic fraction con- ed in the box, by all means encour- cepts and addition and subtrac- age them to try it. tion of fractions. • Test No. 2 covers sections 3 and 4, including multiplication and division of fractions, reciprocals, ratios, and conversion of frac- tions to decimals. THE SOLUTIONS Annotated solutions to each of the 27 activities, plus the workouts and tests, are located on pages 82 to 88. 6 Funny & Fabulous Fraction Stories © Dan Greenberg, Scholastic Teaching Resources 9999999999999999999• Many students find word prob- lems like the ones in this book challenging. Make sure students carefully read the problems and The stories in this book can be used are able to state the question in a variety of ways. being asked before they attempt • You can use the activities as a to solve them. framework from which to • Present the activities in unique approach fractions, or as a sup- ways. If a story is written in dia- plement to classroom activities. logue form, for example, assign • You can work through the prob- roles to students and have them lems in sequence, or reinforce read it aloud. skills as you see fit. • Once students have shown an • Students can work on the stories understanding of fractional con- individually, in teams or groups, cepts, allow them to use calcula- or as a class. tors to solve some of the more challenging word problems pre- • Stories can be assigned to stu- sented in the book. dents for independent self-paced study. I hope this book helps you to motivate • Activities can be read as part of your students to a greater understand- an interdisciplinary program that ing of fraction concepts. I know they’ll includes storytelling, fantasy, have a great time learning them humor, or literature. —Dan Greenberg • The use of manipulatives is an excellent way to reinforce the skills presented in this book. For even more enrichment, have stu- dents brainstorm other real-life applications of the fraction con- cepts presented in each activity. • Encourage students to explore different problem-solving meth- ods when working on an activity. In addition, remind them that the best way to be sure they’ve done a problem correctly is to check their work. 7 Funny & Fabulous Fraction Stories © Dan Greenberg, Scholastic Teaching Resources 9999999999999999999Funny & Fabulous Fraction Stories © Dan Greenberg, Scholastic Teaching ResourcesSKILL 1: Picturing Fractions Name Martha Crunch, Personal Fractions Trainer Hi. I’m Martha Crunch, your person- HERE’S A PRACTICE PROBLEM al fractions trainer. And this is TO GET YOU GOING. Steve. Say hello, Steve. If you color in 3 of the boxes in Ra-a-ah Ee-e-urk the bar above, what fraction of the whole bar is colored in? First color in 3 boxes. Like this: Welcome to fractions, the Martha Crunch way. To find out what fraction of the You know what bar is colored in: really gets me? People who think 1. On the top, fractions are hard. 3 write the NUMBER Doing 250 jumping OF BOXES YOU jacks on a gravel COLORED IN. driveway—barefoot 2. Write the … now that’s hard. TOTAL NUMBER Compared to that, 3 OF BOXES on the fractions are a PIECE bottom. OF CAKE. 4 So what do you say? Are 3 _ of the bar is colored in you ready to 4 learn fractions... 1. Color 2 squares. What fraction ...the Martha Crunch way? is colored? Ra-a-ah Ee-e-urk Write: When do we start? — Number of colored squares — Total number of squares Right now, Steve. 9 Funny & Fabulous Fraction Stories © Dan Greenberg, Scholastic Teaching Resources 999999999999999992. Color 1 section of the circle. 6. Color 1 slice. What fraction What fraction is colored? is colored? Write: Write: — Number of colored sections — Number of colored slices — Total number of sections — Total number of slices 3. Color 3 circles. What fraction 7. Color 5 squares. What fraction is colored? is colored? Write: — What number goes here? — Number of colored circles — What number goes here? — Total number of circles 8. Color 7 donuts. What fraction 4. Color 3 ovals. What fraction is colored? is colored? oooooooooo Write: — What number goes here? — What number goes here? — Number of colored ovals — Total number of ovals 9. Color 6 triangles. What fraction is colored? 5. Color 4 x’s. What fraction is colored? XXXXX Write: 10. Color 4 bars. What fraction is colored? — Number of colored x’s — Total number of x’s 10 Funny & Fabulous Fraction Stories © Dan Greenberg, Scholastic Teaching Resources 9999999999999999999SKILL 2: Recognizing Fractions Name Great Artists of the World Draw Fractions Five of the world’s great artists Leonardo da have volunteered to explain how Pepperoni: their most famous work relates to fractions. Look into the eyes of the young Pablo Pescado: woman. They tell a story. It is a love I paint fishes. story. It is a story Only fishes. of a woman and a Always fishes. pizza. She loves People ask me, the pizza because “Pablo, why fish- it has extra es?” I say to cheese. I hate to them: Why not brag. But to me, fishes? No one this is the most has ever been beautiful painting able to give me a in the world. reason why not. Mona Lisa with a Pizza by Leonardo da Pepperoni Can you? Fishes, Fishes by Pablo Pescado 1. What fraction 5. What fraction of the of fishes is plain? ______ pizza has only cheese? ______ 2. What fraction 6. What fraction of the is striped? ______ pizza has pepperoni? ______ 3. What fraction 7. Five slices represent what has open mouths? ______ fraction of the pizza? ______ 4. What fraction has 8. Eight slices represent what their mouths closed? ______ fraction of the pizza? ______ 11 Funny & Fabulous Fraction Stories © Dan Greenberg, Scholastic Teaching Resources 999999999999999913. What fraction of the Georgia O’Fourth: little men are holding In the desert umbrellas? ______ where I live, one often comes 14. What fraction of the across a scene men are not holding like this. The sky is bright. The cow umbrellas? ______ is lonely. The fence is angry. 15. What fraction of the little How can you tell? men are wearing hats? ______ It is picketing. 16. What fraction of the men The Sky, a Cow, a Fence by Georgia O’Fourth are not wearing hats? ______ 9. What fraction of the Diane Rhombus: cow’s legs is colored? ______ This is a picture of a 10. What fraction of the girl with a bad hair- cow’s legs is white? ______ cut making lemon- ade. I call it Girl With 11. What fraction of the a Bad Haircut Making fence is colored? ______ Lemonade. I tasted some of the lemonade 12. What fraction of the after I finished the fence is white? ______ picture. It was deli- cious. P.S. The girl better get a new hair- Salvadore Golly: Girl With a Bad Haircut cut. Making Lemonade by This painting was Diane Rhombus 17. What fraction inspired by a real experience I had. It of the pitcher is full? ______ started raining hard. First it rained 18. What fraction of cats and dogs. the pitcher is empty? ______ Then it rained shoes and socks. 19. What fraction of Finally, it rained lit- the glass is full? ______ tle men. Some of them were wearing 20. What fraction of Little Men hats, and some the glass is empty? ______ Holding Umbrellas were holding Falling Out of the Sky umbrellas. by Salvadore Golly MORE: Draw your own artwork. When you’re done, label all the fractions you can find on it. 12 Funny & Fabulous Fraction Stories © Dan Greenberg, Scholastic Teaching Resources 9999999999999999999SKILL 3: Drawing and Identifying Fractions Name The History of Fractions: A Play in One Act Written and Performed by the Students in Ms. Webster’s Class NARRATOR: Experts believe this method of dividing cookies was used for thousands of years. But as the Iron Age dawned, kids began to squabble over the size of the cookie pieces they got. IRON AGE KID: His piece is bigger than mine OTHER KID: No, hers is bigger IRON AGE KID: Hey, what’s going on in there? IRON AGE MOM:(to Dad) Let me borrow your ax. (She cuts another NARRATOR: No one knows for sure cookie into two equal pieces.) who discovered fractions. But DAD: What do you call this strange experts suspect it had something to new method of peacemaking? do with the invention of the cookie, back in the Stone Age. MOM: I call them HALVES. STONE AGE MOM: Look, kids It’s BOTH KIDS: Wow. one of those newfangled cookie NARRATOR: And so it was discov- things ered that two halves of something STONE AGE KID: I want it. had to be of equal size. (And so did three thirds, and four quarters, and OTHER KID: No, I want it. five fifths.) Following this discovery, MOM: Now look what you did. You fractions flourished in the Ancient broke the cookie in two different- World. True, there were those years sized parts. Hmm—that gives me an during the time of the Romans when idea. You take this part. And you fractions were very difficult to write take this other part. (She gives a and use. part to each kid.) ROMAN MOM: (shopping at Roman BOTH KIDS: Gee, thanks. store) Let’s see...I’d like a VIIIth of a 13 Funny & Fabulous Fraction Stories © Dan Greenberg, Scholastic Teaching Resources 9999999999999999pound of Roman Meal Bread. NARRATOR: ...this shepherd girl... ROMAN SHOPKEEPER: Oy. There SHEPHERD GIRL: I need to round 5 _ must be a better way. up of my flock. 6 NARRATOR: Let’s fast-forward to a More Recent Age. Two inventors, Francine Numerator and Larry Denominator, get together for an historic agreement... FRANCINE NUMERATOR: So it’s a NARRATOR: ...even this miser... deal. We’ll call the top part of the 4 _ fraction the numerator— MISER: I need to save of these 9 coins. LARRY DENOMINATOR: —and the bottom part the denominator. Let’s shake on it NARRATOR: And so modern frac- tions with numerators on the top and denominators on the bottom NARRATOR: Yes, fractions were were born. People from all different extremely useful. But the most use- walks of life found uses for fractions. ful purpose of all wasn’t discovered For example, this piemaker... until the very recent past. Here we 1 _ PIEMAKER: My customer wants join a teacher sitting up late at 2 2 _ of this big pie, and of this small night. 3 pie. MS. WEBSTER: I need something that my students will find truly fun and fascinating. Wait I’ve got it Fractions NARRATOR: And so the best use of fractions was found: to make the students in Ms. Webster’s class NARRATOR: ...this carpenter... happy 3 _ CARPENTER: I need to paint of KID IN CLASS: Please, Ms. 4 1 _ this long board and of this short Webster, give us more fractions for 4 board. homework... ANOTHER KID: Oh, yes. Please Please MS. WEBSTER: Well, okay. If you insist. 14 Funny & Fabulous Fraction Stories © Dan Greenberg, Scholastic Teaching Resources 9999999999999999999ALL THE KIDS: Hurray 8. Use any kind of drawing you 7 _ like to show the fraction . NARRATOR: So what are you wait- 10 ing for, kids? Settle down and do these fractions KID: They’re so cute and cuddly... ANOTHER KID: and good for you, too WHOLE CLASS: Goodnight, every- one. THE END (curtain) 1 _ 9. Draw 6 shapes. Color in of 2 PROBLEMS the shapes. 1 _ 1. Mark and color in of the 2 piemaker’s large pie. 2 _ 2. Mark and color in of his small 3 pie. 3 _ 3. Mark and color in of the car- 4 penter’s long board. 1 _ 4. Mark and color in of her short 4 2 _ 10. Draw 12 shapes. Color in of board. 3 the shapes. 5. How many sheep does the shepherd girl ______ need to round up? 6. How many coins does ______ the miser need to save? 7. Use any kind of drawing you 3 _ like to show the fraction 5. Note: Ideas expressed in this play are solely those of Ms. Webster’s class. Any resemblance to anything real is strictly a coincidence. Any histori- cal facts that turn out to be true are likewise a coincidence. We MADE ALL THIS UP Yours truly, Ms. Webster’s Class. 15 Funny & Fabulous Fraction Stories © Dan Greenberg, Scholastic Teaching Resources 9999999999999999999SKILL 4: Comparing Fractions Name Dear Ms. Fraction, Dear Ms. Fraction, This girl in my class, Jennifer, really There’s this really cute boy in thinks I’m cool. At least she thought school. I’ll call him Randy. He _ 2 I was cool. Then she offered to split offered me of his candy bar. 3 a Mango Fango fruit drink with me. Then there’s this other really cute Well, Ms. Fraction, I forgot what I _ 2 5 _ boy, Sandy. He offered me of his 5 was doing and drank of the Mango 6 candy bar. Fango. That made Jennifer mad. She says I’m worse than her last So now I don’t know. Who do you 7 _ boyfriend, Lloyd, who drank of a think really likes me more, Randy or 8 Choco-Rocko shake they were shar- Sandy? ing. Signed, So who’s worse, Lloyd or me? CLUELESS IN SEATTLE Signed, The Kansas City GULPer Dear Clueless, I don’t know who likes you more, but Dear KCG, I can tell you who is willing to give you more candy. Look at these two Why don’t you line up a Mango candy bars. Fango next to a Choco-Rocko? Color 5 7 _ _ _ 2 _ 2 in of the Mango Fango and of Color in of the top one and of 6 8 3 5 the Choco-Rocko. That should tell the bottom one. Which fraction of you who’s the bigger chugger. candy bar is bigger? Yours Truly, MS. FRACTION Randy’s Candy Bar Mango Choco- Fango Rocko Sandy’s Candy Bar Yours Truly, MS. FRACTION 16 Funny & Fabulous Fraction Stories © Dan Greenberg, Scholastic Teaching Resources 9999999999999999Dear Ms. Fraction, Dear Ms. Fraction, Help I’m totally uncool. The way I I took a survey in school to find out see it, a cool baseball cap would what girls really like in a guy. I _ 1 _ 2 make me cooler than I am now. found that of the girls liked a guy’s 4 3 _ 3 But a totally cool haircut would smile, thought a sense of humor 4 _ 3 _ 7 make me cooler. was important, liked hair best, and 8 8 _ 1 felt that expensive shoes were the 7 So which should I get, the hat or the only thing that mattered. How can I hair? make sense of these results? Signed, Signed, Uncool in UPPER ONTARIO Survey Sam Dear Uncool, Dear Sam, Personally, I think ice cubes in your Draw the fractions below on shoes would keep you the coolest. candy bars, pies, or whatever you But what do I know? To compare like. Then list them in order from the two cooling methods, divide greatest to smallest. And if you these bars and see which fraction want my opinion, it’s no contest: It’s is bigger. the shoes. Yours Truly, MS. FRACTION 2 _ 1 _ cooler 3 4 3 _ 4 7 _ 3 _ cooler 8 8 1 _ 7 Yours Truly, MS. FRACTION Greatest to Smallest: 17 Funny & Fabulous Fraction Stories © Dan Greenberg, Scholastic Teaching Resources 9999999999999999999SKILL 5: Equivalent Fractions Name Louie Lewis Fractional Private Eye My name is the ones. They come in all different Louis sizes like: WHOLES, HALVES, and Lewis. I’m a FOURTHS. Fractional Detective. I solve frac- Whole 1 tion cases. Kracker You know the type: fourths, Does one _ 1 eighths, of these... 2 sixteenths, and so on. That’s why they call me Louie Lewis, FPE, Fractional Private Eye. Here’s my _ 1 Equal 2 _ 1 card: 4 4 of these? Kronsky was frantic. His factory had messed up a gigantic cracker order, making thousands of FOURTHS crackers instead of HALF crackers. Unless he did something quick, his Being an FPE is tough work, if you whole cracker empire was doomed can get it. The hours are long. The pay But there was one glimmer of hope. is lousy. And the cases are baffling. Kronsky’s cracker experts had told Take this case I had just the him that he could substitute two other day... FOURTHS for one HALF. But was it true? Were two FOURTHS really The Case of the equal to one HALF? Krispy Krackers “Blast it, Lewis” Kronsky roared. I got a call from Victor Kronsky. He’s “I’ve got to know the answer to this the millionaire owner of the Kronsky question, NOW” Krispy Krackers Kompany. You know 18 LOUIE LEWIS Fractional Private Eye Funny & Fabulous Fraction Stories © Dan Greenberg, Scholastic Teaching Resources 99999999999999999“Sure thing, Mr. Kronsky,” I replied. THIRDS,” Kronsky said. “I’ll get right on it.” So I got right on it. But I’m not going Write 4 fractions that are to tell you the answer. _ 1 equal to . 3 Instead, on another sheet of 8. _______ 9. _______ paper, use diagrams, cutouts, or numbers to prove the following: 10. _______ 11. _______ 1 2 _ _ 1. is the same as 2 4 Kronsky was delighted when I fin- 1 4 _ _ 2. is the same as 2 8 ished. “Remind me to give you a bonus,” he said. 3. Explain how you know your answers are true. “A bonus?” I said. “You haven’t even paid me to begin with.” But that didn’t matter. Kronsky had Well, wouldn’t you know it. No soon- more problems for me. He wanted er had I finished that problem when me to think of 2 fractions that were Kronsky came up with a new one. _ 2 _ 3 _ _ 2 _ 1 equal to , , , and . Oh well. And this was a doozy. He wanted me 3 4 5 6 Another day, another fraction. to find FOUR NEW FRACTIONS that _ 1 were equal to . 2 Think of 2 different fractions that are equal to each fraction below. Can you think of 4 more fractions Draw a picture of each fraction if _ 1 that are equal to ? Write them 2 you need to. here. _ 2 12. = _______ _______ 4. _______ 5. _______ 3 _ 3 13. = _______ _______ 6. _______ 7. _______ 4 2 _ 14. = _______ _______ 5 Needless to say, I cracked the case. 1 _ 15. = _______ _______ 6 “Lewis,” Kronsky said, “you’re a genius. Now think of FOUR DIFFER- _ 1 ENT FRACTIONS that are equal to .” 3 “What for?” I asked. “I’m coming out with a new line of crackers that are divided into 19 Funny & Fabulous Fraction Stories © Dan Greenberg, Scholastic Teaching Resources 9999999999999999999SKILL 6: Introduction to Simplest Form Name Martha and Steve: Simplest Form Ra-a-ah Ee-e-urk No way How do you know if a fraction is written in simplest form? 1 2 _ _ Take a look at and . 2 4 _ 1 _ 2 2 4 Simplest Not Form Simplest Hello. I’m Martha Crunch, your per- Form sonal fraction trainer. And this is Steve. 1 _ Say, you know what really makes The fractions are equal. But is 2 2 _ me mad? Trying to do sit-ups while written in simplest form. isn’t. How 4 wearing these solid lead earrings can you tell when a fraction is in Every time I sit up I get bonked in simplest form? The easiest way is to the head Boy, that makes me mad just try reducing. If you can’t reduce, the fraction is probably in You know what else makes me mad? simplest form. Fractions that aren’t in simplest form. Look at these fractions: Ra-a ee-urk. But how do you write a frac- 2 3 14 tion in simplest form, _ _ _ Martha? What 4 12 21 about a fraction 14 _ like ? 21 They’re not in simplest form. We don’t like ‘em like that. Do we, Steve? 20 Funny & Fabulous Fraction Stories © Dan Greenberg, Scholastic Teaching Resources 9999999999999999