Fractions in Our Daily Lives
Concentrating on the numbers alone will not help in understanding fractions. Fractions are part of our daily lives and when you see that, fractions will make more sense, and the numbers on your math homework will mean more.

From the time you wake up you deal with fractions. Does the clock say it is a quarter to six? Since it is a quarter of an hour before 6 o'clock, it means there are 15 more minutes before 6 a.m. Quarter is one-fourth and it is a fraction.

After getting ready you go into the kitchen to have breakfast. You took so long to get ready that you only finish half of your toast and half of your glass of juice and then you run out the door. Because you were in a hurry you only said a quick goodbye to your mom, who was slicing oranges in halves to make more juice. Half is another way of saying one-half, and that is fraction.

You run all the way to the bus stop. You didn't run halfway or a quarter of the way, but all the way, which means you ran the whole way to the bus stop. Fractions deal with wholes, too. Otherwise, what would you divide or compare the parts to if there is no whole?

At lunch time, one of your friends offered you a slice of her favorite pie. She said it's her birthday and her dad dropped it off. You ate one-eighth of the pie. That is another fraction.

At the end of the day, you decided to just walk home. You stopped at the local pet store and noticed that there were only two kittens left out of the three you saw the day before. One-third of the litter has been sold. You sigh because you they sold the one you wanted.

When you got home, you grab a slice of left over pizza from the fridge and watch TV, while waiting for your dad to get home from work. Half-way through the movie, your dad arrives. Your family goes into the dining room to eat.

After doing your homework you were so tired you could only drink one-fifth of your glass of milk before you fall asleep at a quarter past 1 a.m.

That is just an example of some of the fractions you encounter in a day. Now that you get the idea, you'll understand that the examples of fractions pointed out here is just a fraction of all that surround you every day.

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