Wednesday, June 1, 2011

More about fractions

Continuing our exploration of fractions let's look at Fraction Action by Loreen Leedy, a beginner chapter book of five stories that are useful for reinforcing concepts such as dividing geometric shapes into fractions, dividing sets of objects into equal parts, cutting fruit into equal shares, and dividing a dollar into fractions. Other titles you may want to consider are Full House: An Invitation to Fractions by Dayle Ann Dodds and Give Me Half by Stuart Murphy.

Teaching Tip
Pattern Blocks are great manipulatives for developing understanding of fraction concepts. Alternatively, if you do not have access to the blocks you can provide students with paper models of this tool using a pattern block template or have them explore using virtual pattern blocks. Give students either model then challenge them to find fractional parts of the whole.

Chick here for a treasure trove of online activities that teach fraction concepts.
Funny & Fabulous Fraction Storiesby Dan Greenberg and Jared Lee is a useful resource book for teachers.

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