Equivalent Fractions Pizza Swap Hands On Math Activity

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th
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21 pages
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This hands on math activity is a great way to build conceptual understanding of equivalent fractions and comparing fractions using concrete modeling. Students will have so much fun, they won't even realize they're learning! It's easy to assess understanding of equivalent fractions with a quick look at each student's final pizza.

This resource includes:

  • teacher directions
  • student directions with photos of each step
  • handout of pizza topping ideas and symbols
  • 6 pizza templates - halves, thirds, fourths, sixths, eighths, and twelfths
  • a scoring rubric
  • a black and white version to accommodate black and white printing

To complete the activity students will:

  • draw and color toppings on their pizzas and then cut out the pieces
  • 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)
  • re-assemble their pizzas - if they end up with an entire pizza, then they swapped correctly!
  • write a fraction to represent each type of pizza they ended up with

To differentiate:

6 different fractions are included - halves, thirds, fourths, sixths, eighths, and twelfths. I give lower level students halves, thirds, and fourths and save the sixths, eighths and twelfths for higher level students.

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Credits: Clipart by The Cher Room on TpT, used with permission. Cover photo sourced via Pixabay and used with permission. All other photographs and graphics were created by Shea LaFountaine of LaFountaine of Knowledge. Fonts used include: Knewave by Tyler Finck, Pangolin by Kevin Burke, and Londrina Solid by Marcelo Magalhães. All fonts were used with permission under open source licenses.  

Total Pages
21 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Explain why a fraction 𝘢/𝘣 is equivalent to a fraction (𝘯 × 𝘢)/(𝘯 × 𝘣) by using visual fraction models, with attention to how the number and size of the parts differ even though the two fractions themselves are the same size. Use this principle to recognize and generate equivalent fractions.
Compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators, e.g., by creating common denominators or numerators, or by comparing to a benchmark fraction such as 1/2. Recognize that comparisons are valid only when the two fractions refer to the same whole. Record the results of comparisons with symbols >, =, or <, and justify the conclusions, e.g., by using a visual fraction model.


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