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Activity Overview

Fractions don't have to be intimidating when students are first introduced to them! Providing real-world examples and using contexts that students understand, allow them to investigate and review prior knowledge. This can be done in a myriad of ways, such as asking what they know, a coloring activity, exploring manipulatives like fraction tiles or pattern blocks, a short video, or an adorable comic strip.

The example above is just one way to introduce fractions using common things students are already used to - sharing and cookies! Integrate word problems or fraction stories as examples whenever possible. Depending on the knowledge base of your students, continue on to identifying fractions, or allow students time to explore materials and discuss their findings.

If your students are up for a challenge, or you're looking for a review activity, have them create their own comic to explain what fractions are.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 3-4

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual

Common Core Standards
  • [Math/Content/3/NF/A/1] Understand a fraction 1/b as the quantity formed by 1 part when a whole is partitioned into b equal parts; understand a fraction a/b as the quantity formed by a parts of size 1/b.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create your own instructional comic!

Explain what fractions are to someone who doesn't know, like your little sister, your cat, an alien... Provide them with pictures to make sure your point gets across.

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