All four of my classes have been spending time with fractions the past few weeks. My 7th and 8th grade resource classes are working on understanding equivalencies and comparing fractions.
Each day this week we used fraction equivalency towers coupled with Melissa Burch’s Spin and Compare fraction activity.
The activity is very simple to understand, but requires lots of thought about fractional size. The student spins the fraction spinner and writes down the fraction that they landed on. Their partner does the same thing. Then the students compare the fractions and the person with the larger fraction earns a point. The bars were perfect for when the students didn’t know which was larger. They could easily manipulate their towers to make the fraction and then physically compare the two. We spent 15 minutes playing this game 4 days in a row. By the end of the 4th day lots of “ah-has” were starting to happen, and the bars were being used less!
The rest of class we spent with a representational view of fractions. We played Fraction War. The students absolutely loved it! War is played by dividing the cards amongst all players and then flipping one face up. Each person compares the fractions and the person with the largest fraction takes all the cards that were compared. Again, as they aren’t great with the size of all the fractions, a picture representation was at the top so they could physically compare if needed. Most of the time they aren’t using the bars, but sometimes the fractions are pretty close in size and they are realizing they still want to use the pictures.
My 5th and 6th graders spent some time identifying fractions. First, we made fraction bingo boards. This involved the students creating their own fractions and then their own boards.
After making their boards we spent some time working on identifying the fractions using our listening skills. This colorful activity was a big hit with my 5th and 6th grade (7th and 8th grade even enjoyed playing a quick game even though they didn’t make their own boards)
The bulk of our 5th and 6th grade week, however, was spent making fraction pizza! This activity was a HUGE hit! Thank you Amy Lemons
for creating it!
Basically, students are creating their own pizza. They make a plan for how many slices are going to have toppings, then they have to decide how many toppings on each piece of pizza (we reinforced multiplication here…. 3 pieces of sausage on 4 slices of pizza = 12 pieces of sausage to color). After making their plan, we started assembling our pizzas. Check out how awesome they turned out!
At the end of the day on Friday, I hung them in the hallway. I’m excited to see the kiddo’s reactions as they come into the room tomorrow. I think we may even have a contest with a few superlatives.
What a wonderfully hands-on fraction week we had! The kiddos have been loving every minute! Can’t wait to come up with / find more fun creative ideas! It’s not often the students ask to work on fractions!
What fraction activities do you do with your students?!