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I use math sorts in my classroom as an after recess activity. Students immediately take out their sort bags and begin. Sorts help students determine “rules” to difficult mathematical concepts. I have made different fraction collections that you can use to sort. You can copy each collection on different colored copy paper to help keep the sorts organized. These can also be laminated and used for centers as well. The collections are:

-Benchmark Fractions & Equivalent Fractions (this one can be cut in half and slowly introduced)

-Fractions that are close 0

-Fractions that are close to 1/2

-Fractions that are close to 1

-Fractions that are close to 2

Additionally, I have included several different sort options. I would introduce each sort separately. You can also have the students do a sort activity and say to use the pink and blue fractions or the yellow and green fractions, etc… The sort options are:

-Benchmark Fractions/Other Fractions

-Improper Fractions/Proper Fractions/Mixed Numbers

-Close to 0, 1/2, 1, 2

-Equivalent Fractions/Not Equivalent Fractions

I have included a number line for reference. I prefer my class to make their own number line out of sentence strips with pictures to help. Or you have the students add pictures to the number line I provided. I would use the top half first and then when you introduce mixed numbers, they can glue the 1 to 2 number line to the first one.

Here is my suggested order of introduction:

Benchmark Fractions: Cut off the equivalent fractions and save for later use. Introduce the benchmark fractions and have your students practice putting them in order.

Equivalent Fractions: Have the students pair up the equivalent fractions with the benchmark fractions.

Fractions that are close to 0. Have the students practice ordering these fractions.

Fractions that are close to 1. Have the students practice ordering these fractions.

Fractions that are close to 1/2. Have the students practice ordering these fractions.

Fractions that are close to 2. Have the students practice ordering these fractions.

Introduce the “Close to” headings and have the students order under the headings.

Introduce the “Benchmark” headings and have the students order under the headings.

Introduce the “Equivalent” headings and have the students order under the headings.

Introduce the “Proper/Improper” headings and have the students order under the headings.

When students have mastered the sorts, you can have them choose a heading and fraction set and have them glue them down. Then they will write “rules” for how they decided a sort. You can have differentiate this activity by deciding what students get what sort.

-Benchmark Fractions & Equivalent Fractions (this one can be cut in half and slowly introduced)

-Fractions that are close 0

-Fractions that are close to 1/2

-Fractions that are close to 1

-Fractions that are close to 2

Additionally, I have included several different sort options. I would introduce each sort separately. You can also have the students do a sort activity and say to use the pink and blue fractions or the yellow and green fractions, etc… The sort options are:

-Benchmark Fractions/Other Fractions

-Improper Fractions/Proper Fractions/Mixed Numbers

-Close to 0, 1/2, 1, 2

-Equivalent Fractions/Not Equivalent Fractions

I have included a number line for reference. I prefer my class to make their own number line out of sentence strips with pictures to help. Or you have the students add pictures to the number line I provided. I would use the top half first and then when you introduce mixed numbers, they can glue the 1 to 2 number line to the first one.

Here is my suggested order of introduction:

Benchmark Fractions: Cut off the equivalent fractions and save for later use. Introduce the benchmark fractions and have your students practice putting them in order.

Equivalent Fractions: Have the students pair up the equivalent fractions with the benchmark fractions.

Fractions that are close to 0. Have the students practice ordering these fractions.

Fractions that are close to 1. Have the students practice ordering these fractions.

Fractions that are close to 1/2. Have the students practice ordering these fractions.

Fractions that are close to 2. Have the students practice ordering these fractions.

Introduce the “Close to” headings and have the students order under the headings.

Introduce the “Benchmark” headings and have the students order under the headings.

Introduce the “Equivalent” headings and have the students order under the headings.

Introduce the “Proper/Improper” headings and have the students order under the headings.

When students have mastered the sorts, you can have them choose a heading and fraction set and have them glue them down. Then they will write “rules” for how they decided a sort. You can have differentiate this activity by deciding what students get what sort.

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