1. This is a GREAT lesson! Next year I am determined to do a better job teaching fractions. I bookmarked this page to remember this activity… and how could I not love something so gloriously purple! What a wonderful example of great teaching.

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  2. I love the sequence of this lesson and your integration of technology! I just messaged my team and asked our member that’s updating our math scope and sequence to add this link to our fractions unit. Thanks!

  3. Julia Florea

    How did your students figure out where to put the fractions since there were 120 line marks? How did you divide up the adding machine tape?

    • The students made marks every 1 inch for a total of 120 inches. We foudn the number 120 as a common denominator. If they were finding halves, they divided 120 by 2 to see they had to make marks every 60 inches — 0, 60, 120. For thirds, they divided by 3 to make marks every 40 inches — 0, 40, 80, 120. Etc.

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