Thursday, January 28, 2016

Strategies for Comparing Fractions

We've been working on strategies for comparing fractions. Check them out below: 
How could you compare 2/6 and 5/8? (Leave us a comment below!) 

Fraction Fun!

Today students worked towards deepening their understanding of fractions by combining pattern block pieces to make a whole. We also explored fractions that are greater than a whole. Check out our class charts below: 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Sharing 7 Brownies with 4 Friends (Fractions)

Today, students were posed with the task of how to (fairly) shares 7 brownies with 4 people. With little more than those directions, students were set off to explore how to solve. Students came up with a variety of solutions. Collin's solution in particular introduced the concept of a fraction greater than one, also known as an improper fraction. Collin accurately stated that each person would get 7/4 of a brownie. 
What other fractions that are greater than one do you know? (Leave us a comment!) 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Fraction Fun!

Last week we started exploring fractions. Students have identified fractions equivalent to one half and one whole. Students have even begun comparing simple fractions. Our third grade standards require students to work with fractions that have a denominator of 2,3,4,6, and 8. Below is a chart that sums up some of the concepts we've covered so far.