Ms. Siracusa 11
Objective: I can identify fractions as part of a whole.
This 3rd grade lesson is a great introduction to fractions. Included are 8 interactive worksheets containing:
1. Plain pizza divided into 8 equal parts/slices.
2. A "toppings" worksheet.
3. 6 differentiated/different word problems for each math group. ( I have 6 groups of 5 in each, grouped heterogeneously.)
Print, cut and laminate the pizza in the first worksheet. Use this as your launch on the board to color on with white board markers. (It erases easily because it is laminated.) Color one, ask the students the fraction of slices left, etc.
Each group will receive a print out/laminated pizza, 5 toppings of sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, peppers and tomatoes, a toppings worksheet, and a word problem.
Allow students to work on the toppings worksheet first in their groups. Have them pour out the toppings (every group has a different amount) and sort them according to the worksheet. Have them count the total, then create fractions based off of what toppings they have. (example: 6/30 pepperoni slices.) Once completed, have students make their own pizza based off of their group's word problem. Student will then tape their toppings on the pizza according to the word problem. (every pizza will look different.)
Then, have each group read their word problem to the class and present their pizza. (this will be a good informal assessment tool.)
A nice classroom management tool: Put the worksheets, pizza, and toppings and any other supplies in a pizza box! I had six pizza boxes in total and had each group leader come to the front to retrieve it. Prevents chaos within the room, and promotes group jobs.