Ratio Tables are my FAVORITE math thing to do and to teach! They are an invaluable tool for ALL students. They can be intimidating to work with at first and therefore, require practice.
Ratio Tables can be used for:
- Solving fractions (fractions are ratios!)
- Organizing your work
- Brainstorming how to solve a problem
The basics of Ratio Tables can be helpful later when your child is doing:
- Coordinate Planes
- All Fraction Operations
Here is an example of using a Ratio Table when working with a recipe.
Ratio Tables use multiplication and division operations. As well as adding and subtracting groups of ratios. You might see ratio tables more complex with decimals and fractions within them. I will show those next time!
Here is another example. This table shows equivalent ratios, which are the same thing as fractions. 4/6 is equal to 2/3 and 12/18 by scaling down (division) or scaling up (multiplication).