What math teacher doesn't love colorful hands on activities? I definitely want to get myself these rods that break up into segments of a whole. This is a great idea for group exploration in my classroom. Could also do a "what's different" activity with them where they'd have to experiment on their own and find out that they're all the same but broken up into different amounts. Love it.
Great lesson that is engaging, tasty, and relevant. I could tie the division portion of this lesson into social studies and talking about rationing food and the importance of making the most of what we have. Could use context of when you’re stuck inside for winter, when you need to make food and want to have have a couple pieces while still having enough for everyone else. So many ways to use this! Multiplying and dividing fractions is a big part of 3rd grade. The context relevancy is great!
yay more math journal ideas! Another hands on activity for fractions concepts (this time dividing). My students could glue this into their math journal and talk about or explain the strategies they used dividing the fractions.
from the Fab Cara Carroll... 4 pizza boxes with different pizza slices to teach first graders about fractions
Jennifer Callaway's insight:
Kids might want to disagree, but the reality is that fractions are an everyday subject with food. How many people are coming, how much food will we need, how many slices do we need to cut it into? Food examples and fractions is a no brainer. I loved the “realness” of this idea with the pizza and it is a very realistic experience for students. I would probably do this activity as another student explore activity before learning about strategies and could also use the class size and number of pizzas for adding and subtracting fractions.
Lego math. Engaging, relatable, educational. Could definitely do a fun activity with this where students could stack the legos and they’d have to figure out how many “whole” legos they had stacked together using the various sizes.
Definitely plan to make one of these. The colors are great, the VOCABULARY is on it, and it has examples. I'd love to also have the students make their own with different examples to get them to think for themselves about the different concepts on this chart.
Multiply quantities of increasing complexity that involve fractions.
Jennifer Callaway's insight:
Video explanations of multiplying with fractions. Great way to bring technology into the classroom, I love their ideas just not the liveliness of the videos. On the bright side, it does provide me with a reference for multiple concepts and strategies I can let my students explore or that I can teach. One of the videos used kit-kats. My mom still remembers learning about fractions using chocolate bars, this is something that I can definitely do with my students that I have confidence will stick. The videos are also great tools for a class website for students at home or parents who need refreshers to help their kids.
This is a great mental visualization for math. I could also make it into a kind of KWL for math. I could create an anchor chart of what we think we know about whole numbers and fractions and then after the lesson we could copy the things we were right about over to a new anchor paper. My students would also be asked questions and guided to have a discussion to explain why something should stay or go and what should be added.
I’ve seen my mentor teacher do this for half square units for area. The paper folding is something that doesn’t require a lot of material prep and is great for a hands on exploration. Students could even be given the freedom to fold it in however many ways they want and then they’d have to count their folds to figure out how many portions of the whole they had made.
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