How many of you dread teaching fractions??!! It's a very difficult concept for students to grasp, so I'm excited to read all of the ideas linked up this week with my BBB Jivey for her Workshop Wednesday!
I'm going to share a quick idea I use to introduce fractions to my students.
I want them to be able to relate fractions to real life, so I use my students as manipulatives. For example, I have 22 students, so my denominator is 22. I ask several questions that involve using the same denominator, but changing the numerator: how many students are wearing red, how many students ate cereal for breakfast, how many students have practice after school?, etc.
It gets them to notice and observe their surroundings and it's fun!
After we do several whole class examples, we create fractions for our group members. And, as a challenge, I have them create other fractions around our classroom. For example, 3/4 of the bulletin boards have polka dots, 5/18 of the reading baskets are pink, etc.
This is always a hit because it's about them!
( I usually just write these on a piece of chart paper, but I made a copy for you to grab to use in your classroom).
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Have a great rest of the week...just two more days! We can do it! :O)