Beginning Fractions & Decimals

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Fun music, colorful animation, and lots of humor get kids excited and motivated to learn about fractions and decimals. Catchy songs and rhymes help students of all ages learn new terms and remember the rules about congruent parts, equivalent fractions, proper and improper fractions, mixed numerals, decimals, and more.

Grades 3 & up. Approx. 35 minutes.




  • Beginning Fractions & Decimals DVD provides clearly illustrated examples to ensure that even difficult concepts are easy to grasp. Delayed answers give learners plenty of time to test their brand-new skills.

    Your kids will enjoy the comical characters Frances Fraction, Dennis Denominator, and Newman Numerator as they explore how fractions and decimals are used in real-world applications.

    • Introduction to Fractions and Decimals
    • Learning the Parts of a Fraction
    • Practice Naming Fractions
    • Equivalent Fractions
    • Proper and Improper Fractions
    • Mixed Numerals
    • Learning About Decimals
    • Converting Fractions Into Decimals
    • Adding and Subtracting With Common Denominators
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    "Try coming up with a song that explains congruent fractions. It's not easy! However, this video proves it can be done. Using big-eyed animated characters – three children named Francis Fraction, Newman Numerator and Dennis Denominator – the lesson/program covers fractions and decimals in a way that actually makes it easy and fun. Examples challenge the viewer to reinforce the lesson. Suddenly my 7-year-old son and I were taking turns yelling out the answers. 'Four-fifths!' 'One-third!' If your kids aren't picking up the concept of fractions from their school lessons, or they have no interest, or maybe you just want them to get a head start, try turning to Francis, Newman and Dennis. The Rock 'N Learn series is an effective way to learn. The best part: if you don't get it the first time, re-wind the video and try again." – Parents' Choice Recommeneded

    Review 2 of 3

    "Fractions & Decimals was just one of the many Rock 'N Learn products that we used in getting our son ready for the TAKS test. Thanks for creating such outstanding DVDs." – Cheryl B., parent

    Review 3 of 3

    "My teacher, Mr. Avery, got these videos for me. They definitely helped me with adding mixed numbers! I thought that Alexus (a character in the video) explained things very clearly the traditional way. She didn't go too fast, so people watching it weren't confused."

    "I like the explanation with the ruler also. If people don't understand adding mixed numbers very well, that is a good trick for them. Also, it creates a visual of what adding mixed numbers really means."

    "A lot of people don't get mixed numbers, and Rock 'N Learn has ways to help them understand it. Thank you for working so hard to come up with fun ways to help us learn!" - Emily B.

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Correlation to STATE STANDARDS | click here


Partition circles and rectangles into two and four equal shares, describe the shares using the words halves, fourths, and quarters, and use the phrases half of,fourth of, and quarter of. Describe the whole as two of, or four of the shares. Understand for these examples that decomposing into more equal shares creates smaller shares.


Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares, describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc., and describe the whole as two halves, three thirds, four fourths. Recognize that equal shares of identical wholes need not have the same shape.


Explain equivalence of fractions in special cases, and compare fractions by reasoning about their size.


Understand two fractions as equivalent (equal) if they are the same size, or the same point on a number line.


Recognize and generate simple equivalent fractions, e.g., 1/2 = 2/4, 4/6 = 2/3). Explain why the fractions are equivalent, e.g., by using a visual fraction model.


Express whole numbers as fractions, and recognize fractions that are equivalent to whole numbers. Examples: Express 3 in the form 3 = 3/1; recognize that 6/1 = 6; locate 4/4 and 1 at the same point of a number line diagram.


Partition shapes into parts with equal areas. Express the area of each part as a unit fraction of the whole. For example, partition a shape into 4 parts with equal area, and describe the area of each part as 1/4 of the area of the shape. 4th Grade:


Understand a fraction a/b with a > 1 as a sum of fractions 1/b.


Understand addition and subtraction of fractions as joining and separating parts referring to the same whole.


Decompose a fraction into a sum of fractions with the same denominator in more than one way, recording each decomposition by an equation. Justify decompositions, e.g., by using a visual fraction model. Examples: 3/8 = 1/8 + 1/8 + 1/8 ; 3/8 = 1/8 + 2/8 ; 2 1/8 = 1 + 1 + 1/8 = 8/8 + 8/8 + 1/8.

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