(You can check out these posters and so many other fun activities for introducing fractions, here!)
I mean do you ever catch your self saying… “Man I went over that vocabulary too much!” Yeah… me neither…
To introduce the idea, I used these awesome fraction models . Then we made a reference of all our equivalent fractions for one-half on our white board. Students worked on their own personal white boards while I recorded.
For small group, I pulled a few students to my table and we worked together again to review this concept.
Now, while most of my students worked to create reference pages in their math ISN’s, I had one friend who really struggles with cutting and pasting. Our ISN is his Achilles’s heel. He asked if he could tell me a story instead… I was like uummm…SURE!?
Now you might not be able to read his story, but you can def see all his equivalent fractions!
Moral of the story… don’t be afraid to allow your students to show their learning in their own way. Did he prove that he understood equivalent fractions? For sure! Bonus: he nor his teacher were frustrated with the other for not completing the assignment. Allow for differentiation folks… your student’s abilities will blow your mind if you allow them to access the information in a way that they can relate.
Finally we ready to move on to comparing fractions. Now comparing fractions with like denominators was easy (pie and cookies always work well!)
But comparing fractions with different numerators and denominators… that proved to a bit trickier…
So after LOTS of discussions with reasoning, we completed this fun comparing fractions activity…
To complete the activity, each student got 3 sets of a certain type of food item. They were challenged with writing their own comparing story using the food items as inspiration.