This video is great for introducing, practicing, and/or reviewing the concepts of halves and fourths. It also demonstrates adding two halves to make a whole, adding two fourths to make a half, and adding four fourths to make a whole. It's a great introduction to advanced fractions. In addition to the song, you'll get the Vimeo link plus 28 pages of related manipulative and standards-based activities. (This is one small part of my 38-video Common Core 1st Grade Math Growing BUNDLE: Click HERE!
1. A link (on the cover page) to the song on my private Vimeo account. From here, you can stream the song outside of your TpT account and also download it.
2. Lyrics: Promote reading when children read as they sing--or read without the music independently, with partners, in reading groups, and whole-class.
3. Flashcards in black-and-white and full-color: Students can find the corresponding cards as they listen to the video. I've added 8 more ideas for using these to differentiate instruction.
4. Large fraction manipulatives in black-and-white and full-color.
5. Fraction bars--labeled and blank, in black-and-white and full-color.
6. An interactive fractions book.
7. Halves and fourths on the number line (for grade 3+ standards)--in black-and-white and full-color
This song aligns with standards for grades 1-4:
Partition circles and rectangles into two and four equal shares, describe the shares using the words halves, fourths, and quarters, and use the phrases half of, fourth of, and quarter of. Describe the whole as two of, or four of the shares. Understand for these examples that decomposing into more equal shares creates smaller shares.
While I don't cover thirds in this version of the song, I use terms like "two halves" and "four fourths" to align with second grade standards:
Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares, describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc., and describe the whole as two halves, three thirds, four fourths. Recognize that equal shares of identical wholes need not have the same shape.
It also aligns with the third grade standard:
Partition shapes into parts with equal areas. Express the area of each part as a unit fraction of the whole. For example, partition a shape into 4 parts with equal area, and describe the area of each part as 1/4 of the area of the shape.
Finally, fourth graders can benefit from some basic review before delving into high level concepts, and it's a great introduction to this standard:
Decompose a fraction into a sum of fractions with the same denominator in more than one way, recording each decomposition by an equation. Justify decompositions, e.g., by using a visual fraction model. Examples: 3/8 = 1/8 + 1/8 + 1/8 ; 3/8 = 1/8 + 2/8 ; 2 1/8 = 1 + 1 + 1/8 = 8/8 + 8/8 + 1/8.
Here are some ideas to promote learning as the video plays:
1. Tell students their learning objective to help them focus before watching. Ask them what they learned afterwards. The simplest objective is to "learn something" and "tell us what you notice" afterwards. Through this informal formative assessment method, you will hear a great array of rich ideas that can benefit the entire class as you also clear up misconceptions.
2. Ask children to focus on the words. You can pause the video to discuss vocabulary as well as phonics, sight words, comprehension, and fluency.
3. I've given you several charts through the video. The ones after the song are designed to spark discussions. Pause the video and talk about these.
4. Draw fractions on the whiteboard as the video plays. Next, ask students to do this on student whiteboards or on scratch paper. Ask them to try to make the neatest charts they can. I got this idea from students who made tidy charts as my songs played...I didn't know it was possible, but soon all the students worked hard to make neat charts to explain the concepts--all within the period of a 2-minute song.