Fractions, Decimals, and Percents

Fractions, Decimals, and Percents

Unit 5 focuses on naming numbers as fractions , decimals, and percents. Your child will use pattern blocks to
review basic fraction and mixed-number concepts as well as notations. Your child will also formulate rules for
finding equivalent

In Fourth Grade Everyday Mathematics, your child learned to convert easy fractions, such as and 3/4, to
equivalent decimals and percents . For example, 1/2can be renamed as 0.5 or 50%. Your child will now learn
(with the use of a calculator) how to rename any fraction as a decimal and as a percent.

Unit 5 also introduces two new games: Estimation Squeeze, to practice estimating products; and Frac-Tac-Toe,
to practice converting fractions to decimals and percents. These games, like others introduced earlier, are
used to reinforce arithmetic skills . Both games use simple materials (calculator, number cards, and pennies or
other counters) so you can play them at home.

Your child will study data about the past and compare it with current information as the American Tour

Please keep this Family Letter for reference as your child works through Unit 5.


Important terms in Unit 5:

bar graph A graph that uses horizontal or vertical
bars to represent data.

circle graph A graph in which a circle and its
interior are divided through its center into parts to
show the parts of a set of data. The whole circle
represents the whole set of data.

denominator The number below the line in a
fraction. In a fraction representing a whole, or ONE,
divided into equal parts, the denominator is the total
number of equal parts. In the fraction a/ b ,b is the

equivalent fractions Fractions that have
different denominators but name the same amount.
For example, 1/2 and  4/8 are equivalent fractions.

improper fraction A fraction whose numerator is
greater than or equal to its denominator. For
example, and are improper fractions. In
Everyday Mathematics, improper fractions are
sometimes called “top-heavy” fractions.

mixed number A number that is written using
both a whole number and a fraction. For example,
is a mixed number equal to

numerator The number above the line in a
fraction. In a fraction representing a whole, or ONE,
divided into equal parts, the numerator is the
of equal parts that are being considered. In
the fraction a/b , a is the numerator.

percent (%) Per hundred, or out of a hundred. For
example, 48% of the students in the school are boys
means that, on average, 48 out of every 100 students
in the school are boys.

Percent Circle A tool on the Geometry Template
that is used to measure or draw figures that involve
percents, such as circle graphs.

repeating decimal A decimal in which one digit
or a group of digits is repeated without end. For
example, 0.333... and are repeating decimals.

Do-Anytime Activities

To work with your child on the concepts taught in this unit and in previous units, try
these interesting and rewarding activities.

1. Help your child find fractions, decimals, and percents in the everyday world—in
newspaper advertisements, on measuring tools, in recipes, in the sports section of the
newspaper, and so on.

2. Over a period of time, have your child record daily temperatures in the morning and
in the evening. Keep track of the temperatures in a chart . Then have your child make
a graph from the data . Ask questions about the data. For example, have your child
find the differences in temperatures from morning to evening or from one day to
the next.

3. Practice using percents in the context of tips. For example, have your child calculate
1/10 or 10% of amounts of money. Invite your child to find the tip the next time the
family goes out for dinner.

4. Ask your child to identify 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional shapes around the house.

Building Skills through Games

In Unit 5, your child will practice operations and computation skills by playing the following games.
For detailed instructions, see the Student Reference Book.

Estimation Squeeze See Student Reference Book, page 304.
This is a game for two players who use a single calculator. The game provides practice in
estimating products.

Frac-Tac-Toe See Student Reference Book, pages 309–311.
This is a game for two players. Game materials include 4 each of the number cards 0–10, pennies or
counters of two colors, a calculator, and a gameboard. The gameboard is a 5-by-5 number grid that
resembles a bingo card. Several versions of the gameboard are shown in the Student Reference Book.
Frac-Tac-Toe helps students practice converting fractions to decimals and percents.

Fraction Of See Student Reference Book, pages 313 and 314.
This is a game for two players. Game materials include 1 deck each of Fraction Of Fraction Cards and Set
Cards, the Fraction Of Gameboard, and a record sheet. This game provides practice with multiplication of
and whole numbers.

Fraction/Percent Concentration See Student Reference Book, page 315.
This game helps students memorize some of the easy fraction/percent equivalencies. Two or three players
use 1 set of Fraction/Percent Concentration tiles and a calculator to play.

Fraction Top–It See Student Reference Book, page 316.
This game is for 2–4 players. Game materials include 1 deck of 32 Fraction Cards. This game provides
practice with comparing fractions.

As You Help Your Child with Homework

As your child brings assignments home, you might want to go over the instructions together,
clarifying them as necessary. The answers listed below will guide you through this unit’s
Study Links.

Study Link 5 1

c. Jen paid 2/5 of the bill: 8 ÷2 =4. So that
means each fifth of the total was $4. Then
3/5 must be $12. And $12+ $8= $20.

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Sample answers given for Problem 1–5.

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2. Bar graph

3. Line graph ; Temperature went up and down.

Study Link 510

1. a. 50% b. 15% c. 35%

3. 25% of the students in my class have
skateboards. 25% have in-line skates. 50%
have bicycles.

Study Link 5 11

Check your child’s circle graph.

Study Link 5 12

1. Mona ate 1 more cookie than Tomas.
3/8 of 24 is9; but 2/5 of 25 is 10.

2. 12 students were sick. If 2/3 is 24, that means
1/3 is 12 students. So that means the rest of the
class, or 1/3 of the class, or 12 students, is sick.

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