This book introduces fractions in a unique, exciting, and personally meaningful way to students. It is written in a simple story form about being really hungry and ordering a pizza. The doorbell keeps ringing and the pizza has to be divided. Students love chanting "That's Not Fair! They have to be equal!" when the main character tries to con their guests out of big slices. After modeling the story whole group, students have a chance to insert their own meaningful characters (classmates, friends, family...whoever!) into the book. They each work through the book and create a very memorable fractions experience.
It has important math vocabulary repeated frequently and in bold to draw attention, as well as explanations about fractions, numerators, denominators, and more. Students can easily see what type of information they need to fill in the blanks with, because it is written very small next to the blanks.
In addition, I have included "I Can" CCSS statements that you can post on your wall for your learning objectives. It is also a great way to incorporate ELA into math lessons.
My class had a blast doing this. I read the book whole group and then let them know they were going to become authors. They finished this book at their independent math workshop rotations, then partnered up and read to each other. There were many giggles and lots of learning. Plus, our reading specialist said she loved how this incorporated reading and math. They read it over and over. I even had some parents let me know how much they liked it.