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This lesson teaches the concepts of equal parts and one-half





Title – Equal Parts
By – Teresa Cannady
Primary Subject – Math
Grade Level – 1

Standard Addressed:

    T1_NY_1.S.6 – Interpret data in terms of the words: most, least, greater than, less than, or equal to.


    Student will recognize equal parts of a shape and how to share items equally between two people and understand that when something is shared in two equal parts, each part is 1/2


    Students will identify and determine whether a shape has been divided into equal or unequal parts and determine how two people can share with each getting ½ of the item

Required materials:

  • basket of items
  • paper


    Show students a basket with objects. Have two volunteers come up and work with the class to determine how the volunteers can share the objects equally.


  1. Model how to fold paper into two equal parts.
  2. Give each student pieces of paper with instructions to fold the paper into equal parts. Explain that each part is 1 out of 2 or ½.
  3. Give students an opportunity to fold papers in half. Count how many different ways the students can fold the paper in half.
  4. Have students label each equal part 1 out of 2 or 1/2

Plan for Independent Practice:

    Leave shape worksheets in math center and instruct students to fold shapes in half, color one half and label each half.

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