This activity is a hit year after year in my 4th grade math class. It's a great way to build concept knowledge of equivalent fractions and comparing fractions using concrete modeling. Students will have so much fun, they won't even realize they are learning!
Students draw and color toppings on their pizzas and then cut them out. They have different sized pieces - halves, thirds, fourths, sixths, eighths, and twelfths - which allows for differentiation. I give lower level students halves, thirds, and fourths and save the sixths, eighths and twelfths for higher level students. Then, students have a pizza swap! They must trade pieces of their pizza for equivalent amounts of their classmates' pizzas. For example, a student can trade a 1/3 sized piece of pizza for two 1/6 sized pieces. After the swap, students re-assemble their pizzas. If they end up with an entire pizza, then they swapped correctly! It's easy to assess understanding of equivalent fractions with a quick look at each student's final pizza.
This product includes teacher directions, student directions, a handout of pizza topping ideas and symbols, and 6 pizza templates (halves, thirds, fourths, sixths, eighths, and twelfths). Enjoy!
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