This primary fractions resource contains two sets of fractions task cards created for engaging, hands-on practice with playdough. Just laminate the task card set(s) you wish to use and add playdough, plastic knives, and copies of the recording sheet!
The first set of task cards asks students to form their playdough into circles, squares, and rectangles and use a plastic knife to cut the given shape into halves, thirds, or fourths. Students will then sketch their shape on a provided recording sheet, drawing lines to show where they made cuts and labeling the fractional parts.
The second, more challenging set of task cards also asks students to form circles, squares, and rectangles with their playdough and to cut the shapes into halves, thirds, and fourths. Again, students are asked to sketch the shapes they made and draw lines to show the cuts they made. Additionally, they are asked to remove a fractional part of the shape and shade the part they removed in their sketch.
Use the two sets to differentiate your math centers, or use them at different points in your unit.
Answer keys displaying possible answers are provided.
These task card activities provide a memorable hands-on way to address and assess the following Common Core Standards:
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.G.A.3: 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.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.G.A.3: 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.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.G.A.2: 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.
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