We are pretty much fraction experts here in Room B11, but a little more practice never hurt anyone! Let’s review with some silly fraction videos and then we’ll work on our fraction centers with partners!
We have been looking at different methods of representing fractions so that we can picture them in our minds. Two strategies we have tried are, representing fractions on a number line and drawing out fraction models . Both strategies help us visualize the fractions we’re working with and make it very easy to see if two fractions are equivalent.
So, which method helps you visualize the fraction better, fractions on a number line or fraction models?
The “Fraction Cake” lesson the students are working on in the photos can be found here!
Alaina helped me realize today that I had never put the amazing Balloon Pop fraction ordering game on our blog! Thanks Alaina!
Remember, the shaded areas of each balloon represent the fractions. Work from the smallest to biggest fractions popping the balloons! Click the game below.
Here’s a new game to check out! This game has you estimate where fractions fall on a number line based on the fraction’s size. Remember to ask yourself what we practiced in class, “Is this more or less than a half?”
You can find more fractions by clicking on this previous blog post, “No not Fractions! March 20, 2014.
We have been studying equivalent fractions using models to show if the fractions are the same. Here we have three pizzas that are partitioned three different ways. If I eat 1/2 of the pizza it’s the same as if I ate 2/4 of the pizza or 4/8. The models below help us see the easy comparison.
The video below will help us look at equivalent fractions another way. You can compare fractions by looking at them on a number line!
My small math group worked on some great fraction cards this afternoon. We realized it really helps if you make a mental movie of the fraction and think about the numerator and denominator. For your visual, if the word problem doesn’t give you anything specific to picture, just use your favorite food: Pizza, chocolate bars, pies? I love getting to hide behind my iPad with the answer key! Thank you to The Busy Class for the wonderful fraction cards from your Fraction Fun Pack!
“What’s all that noise?!” Mrs. Paul’s class wondered. It was the sound of 17 long jumpers comparing fractions. We started at zero on our number line and tried to see who could jump the most whole numbers. Alaina jumped the farthest for the girls, 2 whole spaces and 3/4 of the next space. Antwan jumped the farthest for the boys, 3 whole spaces and 1/8 of the next space! Most of us were able to jump over two whole spaces (and those of us who couldn’t did not have jumping shoes on today!) We are going to use our data to create a line plot graph. How should we organize the scale for our graph?
We will talk deeper about equivalent fractions tomorrow. Here is a quick video reminder of what we have discussed:
We have been exploring fractions for the past 15 days (wow, that’s half of a month!) I think our favorite fraction activities involve chocolate bars! There’s no better way to explore twelves than with a delicious Hershey bar!
Today, we played a game that asked us to put fractions in order from smallest to biggest. Thinking about those candy bar pieces really helped us out! You can find this fraction game here!
When Mrs. Felter was just a little Jessie, she hated fractions, but her mom never let her say “hate”, so she just disliked fractions thoroughly! She hated fractions because she just didn’t get them. Now that she is all grown up she realizes that fractions are actually really simple! The most important part of understanding fractions is figuring out how a whole can be split into many equal parts! Check out these fraction games to help you figure out the mystery of fractions without having to “dislike them thoroughly!”