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