Maths Year 7 Fractions

Imagine you have a pizza and you want to share it between 8 friends. To do this you will need to cut it into 8 evenly sized pieces. Once you have done this each can have one.
Each of your friends will get 1/8th of the pizza.

  • 1/8th is a fraction. It describes what proportion of the whole pizza each person will get.

We can apply fractions in lots of different ways to everyday life.
In this topic in maths we are going to learn a few of the tricks to using fractions.
And... have a bit of fun along the way...

Fractions show how many parts something is divided into

How we use fractions everyday and don't even realize it...

  • If you walk down the aisles of your local mall you probably would get a third of the way there without coming in contact into a fraction in some way. After all, that walk down the aisle is a fraction: 1/3. Yes, we use fractions in one way or another in everyday life even though we may not completely realize it. For example, you use fractions every time you look at a clock. Yes, we know that quarter past (1/4), half past (1/2) and quarter till (3/4's past) are fractions. In fact, all time telling is a fraction of x/60 with the exception of when it is time on the hour as it then becomes a whole number (60/60 = 1) For example, 36 minutes past the hour is 3/5's.


  • This concept of looking at a clock is applicable to everything. Any value of anything that is not a whole number is a fraction! After all, that is what a fraction is....a part of a whole. And there are parts of a whole everywhere! If you don't believe this, then try baking a cake without using fractions. If it were not for fractions something as simple as baking a cake would be impossible. When you put 2 eggs into the cake mix you are using 1/6 of a dozen. In fact, every ingredient in a cake recipe is a fraction of something: a cup of milk, a teaspoon of salt, a stick of butter, a half a cup of chocolate chips. Can you imagine the result of baking a cake mixing an entire salt shaker, a liter of milk, a kilogram of butter, a dozen eggs and an entire bag of chocolate chips? You would either have a really poor tasting cake or you would have a cake the size of the refrigerator!

1/2 a teaspoon of this... 1/4 of a liter of that.. :-)

Create a WORDLE

Look through your textbook, browse through this webpage on fractions, talk to the people around you... come up with as many words fractions words, or as many positive words that you think describe fractions that you can think of... and put them in a WORDLE... You can even find a web page or text on fractions that you think looks interesting and copy and paste that into the WORDLE. Lets see what you can come up with?
Click here to go to the Wordle Website

Wordle: Fractions

Test your knowledge

Class Survey

Represent data collected in class on country of origin of their families in a table. Convert this number into a fraction of the whole for each country. Convert the fraction to a decimal, and then to a percentage. Use Pages or Numbers to build a graph based on the data.

Now its time to get creative again :-)

Fractions can show the probability of an event occurring (like ratios)

what is the chance of rolling two 6's?
what chance is there of landing on orange?

Show us what you can do!

Can you make a Fortune Teller with fractions questions?