Upper elementary & middle school math teachers who are TIRED of spending HOURS searching for fraction strategies & materials….



Do You LOVE Teaching Fractions?

OR not so much?

Every time fractions pop up, do your students freeze and say things like: 

  • “I can’t do fractions.”
  • “There’s a fraction…what do I do with it???”
  • “I hate fractions!”
  • “I have no clue.”

And then, maybe they give up. They write an answer that has a fraction in it and move on. 

And you have SO much to cover… you don’t have time to get to the root understandings of all the fraction things. Does this sound familiar?

If your 5th, 6th, 7th, or even 8th-graders are having trouble with foundational fraction concepts and fraction operations, it’s time to switch things up.


You CAN help your students feel comfortable with fractions and begin mastering fractions…

without YOU feeling overwhelmed, stressed, OR spending HOURS searching for help.

Let’s think about this a little more…

Fractions ARE Hard

Let’s face it, many students struggle with fractions and fraction operations at some point. 

You probably see this struggle every year. (And the past couple of years have NOT helped!)

If students are taught procedurally rather than conceptually, they can easily get confused when they learn procedures for new operations. 

And many of your students may have been taught with just procedures before they came to you.

BUT, it’s not too late to help your upper elementary and middle school math students get on the right track with their fractions.

Why is Teaching Fraction Operations Such a Challenge??

Let’s be honest: there’s a good chance you were never taught HOW to teach fractions and fraction operations!

A survey of math teachers revealed that their undergraduate programs didn’t really prepare them to teach math in general, much less prepare them to teach fraction operations with a conceptual approach.

In Number Talks, Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages, the authors cite a study by Li and Smith (2007) that states:

  • 93% of prospective middle school teachers could solve 7/9 ÷ 2/3 procedurally
  • BUT only 52% could correctly answer ‘How many 1/2s are in 2/3?’

They concluded that teachers’ lack of conceptual understanding affects students’ understanding of what fraction division means.

If you want to help your students….

Understand what fraction operations mean so they can successfully complete and explain operations with fractions….and ace their assessments!

Improve their fraction flexibility and develop a deeper understanding of number relationships​​​.

Retain their understanding throughout the year, feeling more confident and less stressed when they see fractions in other contexts…

                                                             …..you’re in the right place

Is This Program Right for You?

This program is meant for you if you’re an upper elementary or middle school math teacher and…

you’re sick and tired of scouring the internet, looking for fraction tips and piecing together ways to help your students

you’re looking for new ways to teach ANY of the fraction operations

you need tools to close students’ fraction gaps 

you want to see your students’ confidence grow as they  develop a deeper understanding of what fractions are and what fraction operations mean

you’re willing to start ‘weaving’ fractions into math class when you aren’t ‘teaching fractions’

What Teachers are Saying About This Program

In This Program, You’ll Learn About…

Including representations along with computation when teaching all of the fraction operations

Incorporating review of foundational fraction concepts when teaching fraction operations

Activities that help students explore fractions and fraction operations to find meaning. Word problem contexts are used in each module.

Weaving fractions into class when you aren’t ‘teaching fractions,’ to reduce time gaps students often experience before getting back to fractions at a new grade level.


I am the Middle School Math Instructional Coach for a small K-8 district and will definitely be sharing these two methods with our teachers. Thank you for this course!” I am almost done with the course and have thoroughly enjoyed it! My two biggest take-aways were the Ladder Method and dividing fractions using the Common Denominator. I am the Middle School Math Instructional Coach for a small K-8 district and will definitely be sharing these two methods with our teachers. Thank you for this course!  ~ Judith G


What’s Included? 

35 videos (6 hours) covering:

  • fraction basics 
  • how to incorporate fraction basics into the teaching of operations
  • various methods for teaching all four fraction operations
  • how to incorporate representations into teaching fraction operations
  • how to weave fractions into class on a weekly or even daily basis
  • specific module content is listed below

90-pages of course guides to take notes

  • download as one whole workbook and bind the pages
  • OR download separately as you work through each lesson 

​​45-pages of student resources

  • includes 17 student activities from the lessons
  • organizer and notes pages
  • download as one whole workbook or download as you work through each lesson
  • 12-hour Professional Development Certificate upon program completion

In Addition to the Videos, Guides and Resources, We Have 3 Bonus Items!


25 additional student resources (>$60 value)

  • Doodle notes pages
  • Doodle math wheels
  • problem solving activities
  • number lines
  • fraction strips
  • fraction cards/ partnering cards
  • game ideas
  • 120 Days of Fraction Spiral Review
  • Fraction Math Dates and Calendar Cards


Facebook group

4 Bonus Videos:

  • Teaching Decimal Operations
  • Fraction, Decimal, Percent Conversions
  • Using Spiral Review
  • Teaching Problem Solving Strategies

Would you like to STOP…

Wasting hours searching blogs, YouTube, and Pinterest, looking for strategies, tips and resources?

Being frustrated and overwhelmed when students continue to freeze and give up when they see fractions?


Fractions: From Foundations to Operations

  • Includes strategies, tips, resources and more! I’ve done the searching & researching for you, to compile the tools you need
  • Takes you step-by-step through teaching the fraction operations both conceptually and procedurally, with various methods
  • Teaches strategies for incorporating foundational fraction concepts into operations.
  • Gives you the tools and knowledge you need so you can STOP spending hours searching for ways to help your student be successful with fractions

What Do We Cover in the Program?

Module 1: Helping Students Master Fraction Basics

  • course introduction
  • converting between mixed number form and improper fraction form (fractions greater than one)
  • exploring the ladder method, its benefits and how it can be used with fraction concepts
  • comparing fractions with the same numerators, same denominators, using benchmarks and why NOT to just use cross-multiplying
  • 3 methods for simplifying fractions

Module 2: Adding and Subtracting Fractions with Unlike Denominators

  • module overview
  • exploring the butterfly method, why NOT to use it and what to do if students have already learned it
  • exploring the meaning of fraction addition and subtraction with activities for both you and your students
  • estimating and why we need to use it
  • 3 methods for finding least common denominator
  • adding and subtracting unlike fractions
  • adding mixed numbers
  • word problem contexts
  • lessons include specific activities/problems to use with students

Module 3: Subtracting Mixed Numbers

  • module overview (yes, subtracting mixed numbers gets its own module!)
  • laying the ‘groundwork’ – exploring ways to solve
  • using partial differences
  • subtracting with regrouping
  • subtracting using improper fractions (fractions greater than one)
  • word problem contexts
  • lessons include specific activities/problems to use with students

Module 4: Multiplying Fractions and Mixed Numbers

  • module overview
  • what does fraction multiplication mean?
  • multiplying whole numbers and fractions
  • multiplying fractions and fractions
  • multiplying fractions and mixed numbers
  • multiplying mixed numbers by mixed numbers
  • word problem contexts
  • lessons include specific activities/problems to use with students

Module 5: Dividing Fractions and Mixed Numbers

  • module overview
  • what does fraction division mean?
  • dividing whole numbers and fractions
  • exploring division with common denominators, transitioning to using reciprocals
  • dividing fractions by fractions
  • dividing mixed numbers by mixed numbers
  • word problem contexts
  • lessons include specific activities/problems to use with students 

Module 6: Fitting it All In

  • summary of the operations
  • a look at fractions in other contexts
  • resources for you 
  • ideas for fitting fractions in all year
  • closing message

Money-back Guarantee 

I believe you’ll love this course as much as other teachers have, but if you work through the first module or two and feel the course just isn’t right for you, you can receive a refund within 14 days of purchase.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answer: Yes. Please email me at ellie@cognitivecardiomath.com.

AnswerYes! 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.
  • If you’re an instructional coach, this is definitely for you!

AnswerYes! When you finish the program, you’ll receive a certificate showing you completed 12 hours of online learning.

Answer: Yes! All modules will be available as soon as you enroll and you can access any lessons and resources immediately.

Answer: As long as the program exists (the lifetime of the program).

Answer: I am always available, via email or in the course discussion area on Thinkific. Other members are also available in the Facebook group.

Answer: Definitely! If you’re a parent supporting a child who would benefit from supplemental work with fraction concepts (or you’re a homeschooling parent), this program will be helpful.

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I can’t wait to see you in this program!!

A Little About the Program Creator

Who am I? You probably don’t want to know my whole story (at least not yet!), so this is me in a nutshell:

  • a lover of math
  • a perpetual learner
  • a seeker of solutions
  • a coach of teachers
  • an educator since 1992

I help teachers master their math instruction.

I look forward to working with you!

Ellie, Cognitive Cardio Math