I created this product for use in my own Third Grade classroom and it was a real hit! It’s an interactive “Fractions Folder” where students not only learn as they create, they can use it as a portable reference tool when it's finished. We use it to warm up our thinking prior to each lesson. It’s based on an engaging “Fractions Farm” theme.
In completing this activity, I’ve been able to see where my students are in terms of their fractions-related skills, while they were able to enjoy learning while working on something that’s both creative and purposeful.
It took my students three days to complete the entire file-folder. To make it less overwhelming, I distributed only a section of the folder a day and that really seemed to help everyone keep their pieces organized.
I’ve designed this product to support your instruction in the first few days of a unit on Fractions. It provides students with a great opportunity to learn about how fractions work and then practice their problem solving skills. Students of all learning levels will enjoy this activity because of the “do it yourself” component. Even those students who are working on modified academic programs are able to color, cut and paste the various items. They can then work with support to solve the problems that are presented. So much pride and confidence comes from a task like this.
If you’re looking to make this an almost completely independent activity, I’ve also included a printable user-guide for students to use in order to help them assemble the folder correctly. Students will need your assistance when assembling the interactive components.
There are two versions of the product included: one for Canadian teachers and one for American teachers to reflect the different spelling of the word ‘color’.
This product includes the following:
• An “Important Vocabulary” list
• A Parts of a Fraction “diagram” for students to label
• An interactive component that looks at how fractions can be part of a whole or part of a set
• A number of problem solving situations that explore how fractions can be a part of a whole (e.g. ¼ of a circle) or part of a set (e.g. ¼ of the animals are pigs).
• An opportunity to practice identifying fractions in two ways (e.g. 4/8 is the same as ½ )
• A helpful tip for remembering which digit represents the denominator
• A space to record a teacher-selected definition of a fraction
• A page to practice fraction problem-solving skills
• A printable user-guide for students to use when assembling the folder
• An answer key
I know Math expectations vary from one region to another and if there is anything I can do to modify this product so it better suits your area’s expectations, please don’t hesitate to ask, I’d be happy to help.
Please be sure to download the preview file. It really is the best description of this product. The preview shows all of the items that are included and the assembled folder.
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