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# Mathematical Mimicry: How to simplify fractions with a copycat one

“Stop Copying Me!”
“You’re a Copycat!”

Have the walls in your abode heard this refrain? Could this idea help us to simplify fractions? Hold that thought as we consider the classier statement from Oscar Wilde,

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.”

Delving deeper, what’s behind the contagability (I think we just made that word up) of a yawn? Spoiler: Copying. Mimicry. The power of copying! This math video takes the strength of copying, utilizes the greatest common factors to achieve our ultimate master plan: simplify fractions.

In only ten minutes, here’s a peek into one of the powerful tools we use at Made For Math, the quantity of one, or CopyCat One. Who is CopyCat One? It’s when the numerator and the denominator mimic each other when a fraction equals one whole! In this case, copying is a beautiful idea! We use the “form of one” to simplify fractions.

In this lesson, Math Specialist Amy continues the discussion on the greatest common factors, then applies GCF to simplify fractions. So, if you haven’t watched “The Greatest Factor of All Time”, then pause everything!

Before you go a step further, watch Part one! You can find it HERE.

Have you watched the first lesson? Promise? Scouts Honor? Ok! Keep your ears on the “lookout” for clear mathematical but palatable language that explicitly explains. For example, look for this phrase, “Find an equivalent (equal) fraction that has the fewest amount of pieces.” Crystal clear! I think you’re ready now!

Click “play” on the math lesson, and feel the freedom to let your children mimic away at the way we simplify fractions. There won’t be many yawns 🙂

# MFM Authors

### Matthew Lyda

Multisensory Math Specialist

Matthew is a Blue Belt in Shotokan Karate, a happy husband, wilderness lover, drummer, and a voracious reader! He works with students one:one as well as in group classes.

### Amy Anderson

Multisensory Math Specialist; VP of Grades 7-12

Amy is a certified teacher with a Masters in Education and a Bachelor of Arts. She enjoys photographing the Pacific Northwest landscapes, walking her dog, rock climbing, and searching for humpback whales.