Teaching Fraction Operations

Instructional methods and materials to help upper elementary and middle school students understand and retain fraction operation concepts while reinforcing basic fraction ideas.

This course is designed to take you step-by-step through teaching the fraction operations both conceptually and procedurally, while incorporating fraction basics. See your students develop a deeper understanding of fractions and fraction operations as you incorporate the methods and materials in this course. Before you know it, your students will love working with fractions, and you'll love the time you're saving with the ready-to-go resources you receive!

How the Course is Organized

  • Pre-recorded video lesson(s) for each lesson, with teaching strategies, examples; modules include resources to use with students

  • One module is released each week for 6 weeks, beginning June 28.

  • Live, one-hour sessions each week for 6 weeks, for Q&A and lesson discussion

  • Check out the FAQs at the bottom of the page

Helping students develop their understanding of fraction concepts

When I taught 6th grade math, many of my students started the year being 'afraid' of fractions - they'd panic, freeze, or just do 'something' with the fractions to get done with them. It was frustrating for them and for me, especially when we knew the students had 'learned this before.'

I spent 24 years teaching math, at different grade levels. In my 12 years in 6th grade math, I built on my 12 years of elementary math experiences to develop strategies that helped my students: 

1) Understand what fractions are

2) Understand what fraction operations mean

3) Successfully complete and explain operations with fractions

4) Retain their understanding of concepts throughout the year

5) Develop a deeper understanding of number relationships

6) Feel more confident and less stressed when they encountered fractions in other contexts

Who is this course for?

Before I share all the details, you're probably wondering if this course is a good fit for you.

Who is this course for? This course is for you if you're an upper elementary or middle school math teacher and you find yourself looking for fraction tips every year; if you're looking for new ways to teach any of the fraction operations, OR if your students have fraction gaps that you're not sure how to address. This course is for you if you want your students to develop a deeper understanding of what fractions are and what fraction operations mean; if you're willing to start 'weaving' fractions into math class when you aren't 'teaching fractions.'

This course is for you if any of these apply....

  • You're teaching fraction operations for the first time (or 2nd or 3rd!) and are looking for strategies to help your students learn both the meanings and the processes.

  • You find yourself feeling frustrated because your students don't seem to understand what fractions even ARE. You want to minimize those understanding gaps while teaching your curriculum.

  • Teaching fraction operations isn't in your curriculum, but you ALWAYS have to review them because of the other contexts that require students to know fraction operations (like solving equations). Maybe you're looking for new ways to approach this.

  • You've been teaching fraction operation 'rules' because that's how you were taught, and you want to learn strategies to teach fraction operations differently.

  • You want to save the planning time you spend searching here and there for fraction tips and resources that might help your students. You need a program with methods and materials all in one place.

In this course, you will learn...

  • How to use strategies that include a combination of concrete and abstract when teaching fraction operations, relying less on just teaching students the ‘rules.’

  • How to use activities that help students explore fractions to find meaning.

  • How to weave fractions into class when you aren't 'teaching fractions,' reducing the time gaps students often experience before getting back to fractions at a new grade level.

  • The fraction concepts and instructional methods and materials necessary to address students’ fraction gaps and difficulties.

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • Welcome!

  • 2

    Module 1: The Basics

    • Introduction to Teaching Fraction Operations

    • Improper Fractions and Mixed Numbers

    • Using the Ladder Method

    • Comparing Fractions

    • Simplifying Fractions: 3 Methods

  • 3

    Module 2: Adding and Subtracting Fractions with Unlike Denominators

    • Eliminate the Butterflies

    • Fraction Addition & Subtraction: What Does It Mean?

    • Estimating

    • Finding Least Common Denominator – Three Methods

    • Adding & Subtracting Unlike Fractions

    • Adding Mixed Numbers

  • 4

    Module 3: Subtracting Mixed Numbers

    • Subtracting with Regrouping

    • Subtracting With Improper Fractions

  • 5

    Module 4: Multiplying Fractions and Mixed Numbers

    • Fraction Multiplication: What Does it Mean?

    • Multiplying Whole Numbers and Fractions

    • Multiplying Fractions by Fractions

    • Multiplying Fractions and Mixed Numbers

    • Multiplying Mixed Numbers by Mixed Numbers

  • 6

    Module 5: Dividing Fractions and Mixed Numbers

    • Fraction Division: What Does it Mean?

    • Dividing Whole Numbers and Fractions: Two Methods

    • Common Denominators to Reciprocals

    • Dividing Mixed Numbers: Two Methods

    • Dividing Fractions by Fractions: Two Methods

  • 7

    Module 6: Summary and Fitting it All In

    • Summary of Operations

    • Fractions in Other Contexts

    • Resources & How to Fit it All In

    • Closing Lesson

  • 8

    Next steps

    • Congrats! Here's what's next...

    • Before you go...

Bonus material

These special bonuses are included, to support you during the course AND when you head to the classroom to implement!

  • Course Member Facebook Group

    As a course member, you'll have the opportunity to chat with others who are taking the course. Here you can share ideas for implementation, ask questions, and bounce ideas off one another.

  • Classroom Resources

    Ready-to-go materials to help your students get 'into' fractions at the beginning of the year and continually review fraction concepts and fraction operations.

  • Live Q & A

    Every week for six weeks, we'll have a one-hour session on Zoom, where you can ask questions about the lessons and discuss fraction concepts and fraction operations.

14-Day Money Back Guarantee

I hope you'll love this course, but if you start working through the modules and feel the course just isn't right for you, you can receive a refund within 14 days of the course start date.


  • How is this course presented?

    Each lesson includes one or more prerecorded videos, with teaching strategies and examples. As part of the Bonus material (described above), we also have a live Facebook group and live QA/office hours every week, in case you have questions or would like to discuss any aspects of the lessons:-)

  • Do you accept purchase orders?

    Yes. Please email me at ellie@middleschoolmathmoments.com.

  • What if I don't teach all the fraction operations? Is this still for me?

    Yes! You may only be required to teach fraction division (as I did in 6th grade), but you may end up reteaching addition, subtraction or multiplication when students encounter fractions in other contexts (like solving equations). You may have NO fraction operation instruction in your curriculum, but still find that you need to teach them in 'non-fraction' contexts.

  • Will I receive a certificate of completion?

    Yes! When you finish the course, you'll receive a certificate showing you completed 12 hours of online learning.

  • Will I be able to access all the course materials right away?

    No. The course will be released on June 28, and then the course modules will be released one week apart.

  • What if I have questions during the course?

    Our community will be available to answer questions. I'm always available through email or our Facebook group.

  • I'd like to help my child with fractions and fraction operations. Would this course be helpful?

    Definitely! If you're a parent supporting a child who's struggling with fraction concepts (or you're a homeschooling parent), this course will be helpful.

I can't wait to share the strategies that helped my students. I'm excited to provide you with everything you need to help your students (and save you precious planning time during the year)! Let's get started on this fraction journey together:-)