Fractions is one of the most confusing concepts for children to understand. This product outlines how to introduce the concept of fractions to young (suggested grade one, but could use earlier or later if appropriate) in order to begin their fraction exploration in a way that exposes them to the big ideas behind fractions; namely, that a fraction is EQUAL parts and is always comparative to the original whole.
The activity involves working in mixed ability groups to decipher whether a range of 2D objects can be split in half. Draws on concepts of symmetry to generate discussion about whether each part is exactly equal.
This informal and hands-on understanding is essential to lay the foundation for the standards outlined in the 'Number and Operations-Fractions' domain that are introduced at grade 3 level in a more abstract way and supports the Grade One level Geometry CC Standard 1.G.A.3.
The product comes with a suggested lesson plan, including learning intentions, whole class teaching notes, activity and reflection, as well as print outs needed for the activity.