Fractions: Project Based Learning Activity

Christy Howe
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Fractions: Project Based Learning Activity for Upper Elementary

In this Project Based Learning activity, students create one or more games to develop and extend their understanding of fractions. The project encourages student creativity, while also providing guidelines to ensure student accountability of learning and standards.

Fraction PBL is great for:
• Centers and Stations
• Anchor Activities
• Independent Learning Contracts
• Enrichment for Fast-Finishers
• Content Review
• Test Prep
• Family Math Night

Once students have created their games, I often use them as center activities for ongoing practice and remediation (as needed). I've also invited parents to join us in the classroom for a game day or a math night. So much fun!

This download includes:
• a project page for addition and subtraction of fractions
• a project page for multiplication and division of fractions
• a project page combining all four operations
• a student checklist with places for peer evaluation and teacher review. (can be used with all three activity sheets)
• an analytic rubric with detailed descriptors
• 6 pages of detailed teacher tips and tools (including examples and photographs of student-created games)

If you and your students enjoy these activities, you may also like the following differentiated enrichment activities:

• Fractions: Multiplying and Dividing.
• Fractions: Error Analysis .
• THINK! Math Enrichment Activities.
• Fraction Pattern Block Puzzles.


Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions! I want you to be 1,000% happy with your purchase!

© 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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13 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Apply and extend previous understandings of division to divide unit fractions by whole numbers and whole numbers by unit fractions.
Solve real world problems involving multiplication of fractions and mixed numbers, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem.
Find the area of a rectangle with fractional side lengths by tiling it with unit squares of the appropriate unit fraction side lengths, and show that the area is the same as would be found by multiplying the side lengths. Multiply fractional side lengths to find areas of rectangles, and represent fraction products as rectangular areas.
Interpret the product (𝘢/𝘣) × 𝘲 as a parts of a partition of 𝘲 into 𝘣 equal parts; equivalently, as the result of a sequence of operations 𝘢 × 𝘲 ÷ 𝘣. For example, use a visual fraction model to show (2/3) × 4 = 8/3, and create a story context for this equation. Do the same with (2/3) × (4/5) = 8/15. (In general, (𝘢/𝘣) × (𝘤/𝘥) = 𝘢𝘤/𝘣𝘥.)
Interpret a fraction as division of the numerator by the denominator (𝘢/𝘣 = 𝘢 ÷ 𝘣). Solve word problems involving division of whole numbers leading to answers in the form of fractions or mixed numbers, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem. For example, interpret 3/4 as the result of dividing 3 by 4, noting that 3/4 multiplied by 4 equals 3, and that when 3 wholes are shared equally among 4 people each person has a share of size 3/4. If 9 people want to share a 50-pound sack of rice equally by weight, how many pounds of rice should each person get? Between what two whole numbers does your answer lie?


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