Understanding a half

Welcome to the Math Salamanders 2nd Grade Fraction Math Worksheets.

Here you will find some printable worksheets to help your child
understand what a half is. This will help your child sequence numbers involving halves like
'2 and a half', as well as support their understanding of shading
'half a shape' or working out 'half of 12'.

Fractions is an area that a lot of kids find hard to understand. One of the problems with fractions is that they have different meanings depending on the context.

For example, you can eat half an apple or cut an orange into fourths. But you can also put the number one-half on a number line, measure a line 3 1/2 cm long, or find a fourth of 24.

Once the concept of fractions as numbers and fractions as parts of a whole has been understood, your child will be well on their way to developing a sound understanding of fractions.

Here you will find a selection of Fraction worksheets designed to help your child understand what a half is, both as a number and as an operator. The sheets are graded so that the easier ones are at the top.

Using these sheets will help your child to:

- develop an understanding of a half as a number;
- count on and back in steps of a half;
- halve different shapes and numbers to 20.

All the free 2nd Grade Fraction sheets in this section support the Elementary Math Benchmarks for Second Grade.

Riddles are a great way to get children to apply their knowledge of fractions.

These riddles are a good way to start off a maths lesson, or also to use as a way of checking your child's understanding about fractions.

All the riddles consist of 3 or 4 clues and a selection of 6 or 8 possible answers. Children have to read the clues and work out which is the correct answer.

The riddles can also be used as a template for the children to write their own clues for a partner to guess.

Here you will find the Math Salamanders free online Math help pages about Fractions.

There is a wide range of help pages including help with:

- fraction definitions;
- equivalent fractions;
- converting improper fractions;
- how to add and subtract fractions;
- how to convert fractions to decimals and percentages;
- how to simplify fractions.

If you need to practice your halving and doubling, then why not try out our Online Halving and Doubling Online Practice Zone.

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