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Children use Geometer’s Sketchpad in a center to explore basic fractions and fraction equivalencies here

Subjects:

Computers & Internet, Math  

Grade:

2  

Title – Fractions with Kidspiration
By – Heather
Primary Subject – Math
Secondary Subjects – Computers & Internet
Grade Level – 2

Topic/Unit:

    Math/Problem Solving

Content:

    Basic Fractions and Fraction Equivalencies

Benchmarks:

    NM-NUM.3-5.1: Understand numbers, ways of representing numbers, relationships among numbers, and number systems

    • Strand IV – Number Sense and Numeration
    • Strand V – Numerical and Algebraic Operations and Analytical Thinking

Learning Resources and Materials:

  • Computer
  • Kidspiration computer software

Development of Lesson:

      Introduction:

      • Talk about different common fractions.
      • Explain how fractions are found and used in the real world.
      • Give examples of equivalent fractions.
      • Ask students for examples of equivalent fractions.

      Methods/Procedures:

      • Have students get into pairs.
      • Have the students use different types of manipulatives to demonstrate different fractions and equivalencies.
      • Have students move to different centers all based on fractions.
      • Have the Kidspiration fraction activity as one of the centers.
      • The Kidspiration Center gives an example of a whole and what half of a whole would look like, and what one-third of a whole would look like, and asks for different ways to make one-half and one-third.

      Accommodations/Adaptations:

      • Using centers for the kinesthetic learner.
      • Having someone read the directions aloud or having sound incorporated into the Kidspiration Center.
      • For a more challenging Kidspiration Center, have the students create their own fractions and equivalencies.
      • Use the results from the Kidspiration activity to gauge how well students understood the concept and if they reached the benchmarks.

    Closure:

    • Have students share their ideas with the whole class. Ask students to give examples of equivalent fractions and write them on the blackboard.
    • Use student responses to make curriculum decisions and decide whether more practice and instruction is necessary.
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