Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Finding Fair Shares

Our class is starting a new math unit about fractions called Finding Fair Shares. In this unit, students investigate the meaning of fractions and the ways fractions can be represented. Students will solve sharing problems (How can 2 people share 3 brownies equally?), building wholes from fractional parts (1/2+ 1/4 + 1/4= 1), and find fraction equivalents (2/3 = 1/6). The kitchen is an excellent place to give your child hands-on experience with fractions.

We are so excited to share with you the closing meeting from our very first fraction lesson this year. Check out the great thinking below!

Fraction Fun from Melissa Ross on Vimeo.

Literature Connection: Here are some suggestions of children's books that contain relevant math ideas about fractions. Look for these books at your local library:

The Doorbell Rang by: Pat Hutchins
Fraction Action by: Loreen Leedy
Eating Fractions by: Bruce McMillan


Anonymous said...

Good idea is to give students graph paper, as this is visually divided in equal parts. Let them cut, color and paste equivalents!. They will love it and better understand it.


Chelsea Ogan said...

This is a cool way to better understand fractions

Rudrarup said...

Nice presentable video! Kids can learn much from it.