Initial Fraction Ideas Lesson 9 Overview

Visual models support young mathematicians with exploring equivalent fractions. Starting with a quick warm-up problem, children go on to work through a series of guiding practice problems before working with a partner identifying and describing the fractions represented by a series of visual models.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Include this lesson in an upper-elementary math unit on fractions
  • Allow children to work on the warm-up question with a partner, having them share their responses during a brief discussion of the problem
  • As an extension activity, have students create and label their own visual fraction models
  • If the technology is available, allow children to use the online fraction circle and fraction bar manipulatives when completing the included worksheet
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson calls for the use of fractions circles, if these manipulatives are unavailable in your class, create sets for each student using the provided templates
Pros

  • Includes templates of fraction circles for both the teacher and students to use during the lesson
  • Multiple examples are provided to support teachers with instruction
  • Lesson uses both circular and rectangular models to represent fractions
  • Offers numerous online manipulatives that engage students in learning about fractions
Cons

  • None