Fraction Pattern Block Puzzles - Task Cards & Printables for Critical Thinking

Christy Howe
Grade Levels
3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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39 pages
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Pattern blocks are a great way to engage your students and motivate them towards a strong conceptual understanding of fractions!

This download includes:
• 32 differentiated task cards (available in color & black and white to save your ink)
• 10 printable activities
• Student recording sheet
• Answer Key
• Teacher tips for classroom use

Concepts & Skills:
• Understanding fractions as parts of a whole
• Comparing fractions by reasoning about their size
• Expressing whole numbers as fractions
• Applying the four basic operations to fractions
• Problem Solving
• Critical Thinking
• Visual-Spatial awareness

All activities are directly aligned to the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Common Core Standards!

• The 32 differentiated task cards are numbered for organization and to indicate the approximate level of difficulty. As the numbers on the task cards get higher, the tasks become more challenging.

There are THREE different printable activities included in the download.
• Activities 1-4 give a value to one of the pattern blocks (ex: rhombus = ½) and ask students to create a design with a specific value (ex: whole = 5 ¾).

• Activities 5-7 show a polygon worth 1 whole. Students must then identify the value of each individual pattern block.

• Activities 8-10 are open-ended tasks. Students create a symmetrical shape using at least three different types of pattern blocks. Students must identify the line of symmetry and what fraction of the design each color/block represents. This involves adding fractions with like-denominators because students must add pattern blocks with like-colors to find the total fraction represented.

Students use words, pictures, and/or numbers on ALL printable tasks to illustrate their thinking and verify their responses.

If you have any questions, please let me know! I want you to be 1,000% happy with your purchase.
If you and your students enjoy these activities, you may also like the following differentiated enrichment activities:

Fractions: Error Analysis – Differentiated Task Cards.
Brain Food! No Prep Printables for Critical and Creative Thinking.
Place Value Detectives.
Math Logic Puzzles - 4th Grade Enrichment.
THINK! Math Enrichment Activities for Active Engagement and Critical Thinking.

© Christy Howe 2014. Materials are intended for personal use in one classroom only. For use in multiple classrooms, please purchase additional licenses.
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
Explain equivalence of fractions in special cases, and compare fractions by reasoning about their size.
Express whole numbers as fractions, and recognize fractions that are equivalent to whole numbers. Examples: Express 3 in the form 3 = 3/1; recognize that 6/1 = 6; locate 4/4 and 1 at the same point of a number line diagram.
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.
Understand a fraction 𝘢/𝘣 with 𝘢 > 1 as a sum of fractions 1/𝘣.


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