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Math Lesson Idea: Teaching Fractions
To practice using fractional parts of a whole, recognizing relative sizes and equivalent fractions.
Colored pencils or markers.
Optional (for the Cover-up game below) - Fraction dice, available in our library.
To make the fraction cut-outs:
and cut out the separate pieces.
Color code each size fraction by giving it a border or circling its label. Alternatively you can make your own fraction cut-outs of colored construction paper.
Fraction kits can be used to teach many concepts such as:
Equivalent fractions -line up the cut-outs to see how many 1/12 's equal 1/4, for example.
Addition and subtraction of fractions.
Reducing fractions - express a given number with the smallest possible number of cut-outs.
Try the Fraction Cover-Up game:
You and your student each start with a “1 WHOLE" cut-out in front of you.
Take turns rolling the die.
Take the fraction you roll and place it on the whole.
The first player to cover their whole exactly wins.
Then reverse the procedure: Whatever you roll, you take off (or subtract) that fraction. You may have to exchange first. For example, if you roll 1/8 on your first roll, you must exchange 1/2 for 4/8 before you can subtract 1/8.
The winner is the first player to uncover his or her WHOLE exactly.
For more challenges, play to cover up two wholes, or 1 and1/2 wholes.
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