Pieces, pieces make a whole. What’s a “whole” – a
bunch of pieces!If you drop a plate, it may break into a couple of
pieces or shatter into many smaller pieces. Each of these pieces is a
fraction of that plate before it broke. The larger the pieces, the fewer
there are of them – you might be able to glue them back together. But,
if the plate shattered, you would have many smaller pieces, or
fractions of the plate – maybe too hard to glue back together. You
would just have to sweep them up.

Now you know that fractions are pieces of a whole, and that a fraction can be a big piece or a very tiny piece. Examples of fractions can be shown with a pizza. If you cut a pizza exactly in half, you will have two big pieces, right? Each piece is 1/2of the pizza.

**What are the parts of a fraction?**Now you know that fractions are pieces of a whole, and that a fraction can be a big piece or a very tiny piece. Examples of fractions can be shown with a pizza. If you cut a pizza exactly in half, you will have two big pieces, right? Each piece is 1/2of the pizza.

The

It is called the

**“2”**on the bottom tells us we have**two**pieces.It is called the

**denominator**.**numerator**.

If we cut the pizza into three equal pieces, each piece will be 1/3 of the pizza. The denominator is “3” to tell us how many pieces we have. If we eat one of these pieces, we will eat 1/3 of the pizza. If we eat 2 pieces, we will eat 2/3 of the pizza. The number on top is the numerator and tells us how many of those 3 pieces we are eating. If we want more than 3 of these pieces, we will have to get another pizza, right?

To learn more about beginning fractions, please watch “What is a Fraction?”

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