Introduction to Fraction Concepts
Show students the BrainPop Jr. video “Basic Parts of a Whole,” which illustrates the basic concept of a fraction in a visual way. Your students will learn how fractions can apply to a group of objects, and how smaller parts make up one whole. The videos on BrainPop Jr. use kid-friendly language, and the cartoon format is very engaging.
Your students can further explore how fractions are represented visually by playing games with Jiji the penguin in ST Math. This program uses very little written direction, and students will construct their own knowledge of how fraction pieces are broken down and represented. Once they master the basic concept of writing a fraction to match a visual, they can move on to a more advanced skill of identifying equivalent fractions by comparing sizes and visual models.
“Fraction Fling” is a game that gives students more practice in matching written fractions to visual models. This will help them to build speed and automaticity as they play the game and build their score. Students will also get instant feedback as they play.
Kahoot is an ideal alternative to boring pencil-and-paper quizzes! The quiz-game format and fast pace keep students engaged and excited as they show what they know. At the end of the game, you will have valuable data about which students have mastered the concept of visual fraction models and which students need more support.
After you’ve completed all of the activities in this flow, you can keep track of student mastery using Metria’s planning suite. Conference with individual students about their performance, and use Metria’s built-in tools to plan interventions and support for students who might need more help.
Key Standards Supported
Number And Operations—Fractions
Understand a fraction 1/b as the quantity formed by 1 part when a whole is partitioned into b equal parts; understand a fraction a/b as the quantity formed by a parts of size 1/b.
Explain equivalence of fractions in special cases, and compare fractions by reasoning about their size.