Title

Fractions

Lesson Objective

Students will investigate fractions by creating fraction strips.

Background Information for Teacher

Words in bold are said by the teacher.

Student Prior Knowledge

N/A

Materials:

Scissors

Black crayon

Ruler in inches

Envelope or plastic Ziploc bag

Order the Fractions, Fraction War, and Fraction Concentration game cards (Step 3)

My Book About Fractions (Step 3)

Fraction strips

Step 2: Teach Lesson

With the student, make fraction strips (1-1/2 inch) from 9” x 12” construction paper in red (whole), orange (half), yellow (thirds), green

(fourths), blue (sixths), and purple (eighths) using rulers and black crayons.

Who can tell me what a fraction is? A fraction is a part of a whole

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Today we are going to do some investigating with fractions. But before we do, we need to make our own fraction strips.

Activity

Pass out the 1-1/2” x 12” strip of red construction paper. Have the student write 1 whole on the strip with a black crayon.

Pass out the 1-1/2” x 12” strips of orange construction paper. Measure or fold in half. (Half of 12 inches is what?” Six inches.) With a

black crayon write 1/2 on each of the two strips. Cut strip in half.

Pass out the 1-1/2” x 12” strips of yellow. Divide 12 inches into thirds (4”) and mark the strips with a black crayon. Write 1/3 on each

piece and cut strip on lines.

Pass out the 1-1/2” x 12” strips of green construction paper. Have the student divide into fourths (3”). Write 1/4 on each piece and cut

strips on the lines.

Pass out the 1-1/2” x 12” strips of blue construction paper. Divide into sixths (2”). Write 1/6 on each piece and cut the strip on the

lines.

Pass out the 1-1/2” x 12” strips of purple construction paper. Divide into eighths (1- 1/2”). Write 1/8 on each piece and cut on the lines

to make strips. The student will use the strips to play Order the Fractions and Fraction War. (Step 3)

After playing the games, discuss how the student knew which fraction was larger, 1/2 or 1/3? They should discover that the larger the

denominator, the smaller the piece.

Step 3: Complete the worksheet attached below.

Worksheets needed to complete the lesson ( this worksheet package also includes extra practice worksheets)

Step 4: Start the next lesson with the game or activity attached below for review so the student can

demonstrate understanding of this lesson before moving forward.

Math Live (Online) interactive lesson and practice

Select the Lesson button then select the Multiples, Factors lesson.