Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Fraction Overload

Oh my, you can definitely tell we only have 17 actual school days left. Not only have the kids started to check out...but their teacher has caught herself doing so as well :) I was doing really great staying motivated and getting things done...but for some reason this last week I have hit a wall. I am not thrilled about saying goodbye to this amazing group of kids...but I am ready for a bit of a break :) To keep my kids motivated...and let's be honest...me motivated, I am going to try and get some fun projects in before the dreaded much anticipated last day of school!

The last couple of weeks we have been studying fractions. In our math book there are some pretty good lessons, but I wanted to take it a little bit farther and have a little fun. After some blog/pinterest stalking I found some really great ideas and even came up with a few of my own. (Can you believe it?!?)

The first thing we started with was recognizing fractions, and I found this DARLING activity over at The First Grade Parade.  I am absolutely in LOVE with this blog...and while I don't teach first grade it is one of my favorites and I have been able to adapt several of her ideas for my classroom.

To get started with this activity I stopped by Dominoes one day after school to see if I could buy some pizza boxes, and they were so kind and let me have them for free...as long as I promised to order their pizza some time. Little do they know I live like a frat boy and eat pizza 2-3 times per week :) After getting the boxes I stopped by Michael's Craft Store for some scrapbook paper and got to work. With the help of my cricut (which I would be lost without) I was able to whip up some yummy looking pizzas. They kids were so excited about this activity, it definitely made the HOURS spent on Sunday worth it!


I created this worksheet for them to fill out as they rotated between the 6 pizzas


Another activity I found at The First Grade Parade was the "Fractionpillar"




We also spent some time figuring out fractions with different "wholes" We used pattern blocks to create our "1 whole" and then figured out what each individual piece would equal. The trick to making this easier for the kiddos...and the teacher... is making sure that they use the right amount of pieces to create hexagons without any leftover pieces. I let the kids choose a from a couple different options and then gave them free reign after that. I let them try and figure out how to determine the fractions on their own at first with a hint that they should make hexagons. A lot of my kids were able to figure this out, but a few of my kids needed more assistance, but once I showed them they got it right away!






We also played a really fun game of "I have, Who has" which I purchased from TPT and let me tell you it was well worth the money! My kids LOVE this game.

We also did a slightly tweaked version of "Fraction Avenue" which I also found over at TPT (this is a FREE download...go check it out!!)


Another fun activity I had the kids do was "Family Fractions" where they drew a picture of their family and made up 3 fractions that described them.


Just looking over everything we did in the last few weeks I know understand why I am so exhausted ;)

**Also, in the spirit of bribery if you would like a copy of the pizza fractions sheet, family fractions or the templates for the fractionpillar just follow my blog and leave your e-mail address...I would be happy to send it to you :)

9 comments:

  1. I follow your blog and I would LOVE to have a copy of the Fraction Pizza activity. It's so nice to find another 3rd grade blog :-)

    allysonbollenbach@gmail.com

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  2. LOVE your pizza party. You've really covered a lot of hands-on - and life experience - fraction tasks!

    I'd LOVE the pizza materials. my2littleduckies@gmail.com

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  3. Hi,
    Love all of your fraction activities. Would love copies of family, pizza and caterpillar templates. Thanks, Paula
    paulamooney@cogeco.ca

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  4. I just found your FABULOUS activities. Would you mind sending me the fraction templates you created?
    Thanks,
    Deb

    debinderry@gmail.com

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  5. I just bookmarked your blog to follow religiously!! I'm always looking for new ways to spice up the curriculum!! :)

    Would you mind sending me the templates? Thank you!!
    nicole.rapsis@gmail.com

    :)

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  6. Hi,
    I love your blog! Would you mind sending me your templates?

    Thank you!!
    Misty.Nassar@apsb.org

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  7. I have tried to follow your blog, but keep getting an error message "google can't handle the request, try again later"....I will keep trying.....May I please have the pizza fractions sheet, caterpillar templates, and family fractions sheets? I would love to try them out in my classroom.
    cawteener@gmail.com

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  8. Hello, I just found your blog and I would Love the fractions worksheets such as the family fraction and pizza worksheet! Thank you.

    dianadariy@yahoo.com

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  9. Hello, love your fraction pizza and I'd love to use it!

    bryantje770@yahoo.com

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