We started fractions this week and I am loving it so far! I posted a while back about this awesome math program we have in our county, Investigations. It is awesome! It is very hands on and the kids do math activities, not realizing that they are doing math. The fraction unit is centered around sharing brownies. So yesterday the students started right off by cutting their "brownies into equal pieces. Such a simple activitity, but the kids enjoyed it and learned a lot about equal parts.
Today the students cut construction paper to show halves, fourths, eights, thirds and sixths. Then they had to order the fractions by size from smallest to greatest. They did this eazy peazy!
Then I was amazed! I asked them to look at the order and write down their observations. I had over half of the class write that as the denominator gets bigger, the size of the fraction is smaller! AHA!!!! My students in the past have always had issues grasping this! With this Investigations curriculum they had the concept down in TWO Lessons.
Even if you don't have the Investigations materials, you could do these activities in your class when introducing fractions.
Today we also did a Penguin Fraction Craftivity! I love when I can integrate art and math. We were even able to throw some Science in too! They turned out so stinking cute. In fact I told my students that and one of my silly kids, said "Excuse me, my penguin smells delightful!"
I was quite proud of that title as well! My teammate made them too so we put them out on a hallway bulletin board. The snowflakes are book recommendations.
Well the project is up on TpT. Click here to download it!
Teacher directions, student directions, template and a short math sheet to tie in the fractions used are included.
Like always, if you download it, let me know what you think!