Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Fraction Action!

We have spent a considerable amount of time in math talking about fractions. Fractions are a personal favorite of mine, in terms of math topics. After all, we use fractions all of the time, and to children, fractions are absolutely essential. After all, how else are we going to figure out if everyone is getting a fair share?! :-) Pictured below are a few of our recent fraction learning activities, and a sneak peak at our symmetry butterfly/dragonfly projects. If you wondered why a half dozen folded blue squares tumbled out of your child's folder tonight, now you'll have an answer. :-) I was given a couple of Hershey bars not too long ago, and they have sat, tantalizingly, on my computer table for at least two weeks. Today seemed like the right day to break those out and ask fraction questions to connect math with something that is near and dear to many of us--chocolate! Everyone got to have 1/12 of a Hershey bar since I had two (24 pieces). Guess who at the leftovers?! Oops.

The Pizza Fraction Game was a favorite.
Just wait until you see the finished products--students did a fantastic job with their symmetrical butterflies and dragonflies...this is not connected to fraction learning, but it was a math activity.

Today's math lesson focused on divided whole squares into equal parts--halves, fourths, and eighths. The class did very well with this activity. Fractions are fun, but they aren't always easy! Here are some students "modeling" their fraction pieces with their labeled fractional parts. 
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