If your students struggle with two things - fraction/decimal/percent conversions and staying awake the day after a holiday, then this activity is for you! Perfect for the day after a break or as a nice activity to start the new school year!
Students choose a word, phrase, or sentence and design the letters to spell it out in the hundredths models. Then they find the fraction, simplified fraction, decimal, and percent of the boxes used to create each letter. Display the papers as they are, or have the students cut the models out and glue them straight across on sentence strips or construction paper.
I used this the day after Thanksgiving break and asked the students to select words that represented their vacation. The students were a little foggy after the break and all they really wanted to do was talk to each other about what they had done over the holiday. What I wanted was for everyone to be engaged and to do meaningful work. This activity was a win-win! EVERYONE participated, worked cheerfully, helped one another, and created something they were proud of. They also got to chat with one another about the break as they shared their creations. We had fun answers like "I ate and slept," "I love movies," and "I ate honey ham." It was a truly sweet day!
In past years, I had the students select a place they wanted to visit in the world, and that was a huge success too as they poured over atlases and maps. Use any category or subject area that you like!
Your six-page download includes:
1) Cover page
2) Suggestions for use (for teacher...an expansion of what's written here in the description)
3) Detailed student instructions (You can spend your time interacting with the kids and helping them instead of explaining the directions over and over:)
4) Student page - version 1 (twelve models)
5) Student page - version 2 (six models, each larger in size than on version one)
6) Credits page
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