Workshop Wednesday: Fractions
jivey Wednesday, November 06, 2013
I actually have quite a few things I love to do each year, so it was hard to narrow down what I wanted to blog about, but I did it! :o)
One thing I think is so important is for the students to MAKE their fraction manipulatives. Yes, I have buckets of fraction bars for my kids to use... but if the students have to figure out how to make a strip of construction paper represent equal parts, I think it makes them THINK more about the fractions themselves.
I give the students strips of construction paper, all the same size (this is very important so they can compare the pieces later). I made the construction paper match the colors of my magnetic fraction tiles (except I used purple instead of black) just so later it's easier when we are doing activities together:
Once we make our fraction bars, they start "playing" with them to see what they notice about the different pieces. One of the things they always do right away is make equivalents WITHOUT me telling them to do it! It's a great way to "teach them" by letting them just notice.
If you are looking for more ideas to teach fractions, don't forget I have two fraction math units: proper fractions and improper fractions, as well as a 3-unit-bundle with fractions and decimals!