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Children use Geometer’s Sketchpad in a center to explore basic fractions and fraction equivalencies here
Math, Computers & Internet
By – Heather
Primary Subject – Math
Secondary Subjects – Computers & Internet
Grade Level – 2
- Math/Problem Solving
- Basic Fractions and Fraction Equivalencies
- 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:
- Kidspiration computer software
Development of Lesson:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.