- Second Grade
- 90 minutes
This tasty lesson will teach second-graders about fractions using cookies.
Students will be able to identify and describe fractions.
Introduction (15 minutes)
- Introduce the lesson by telling students what a fraction is: a numerical quantity that is not a whole number.
- Show some examples on the board.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (15 minutes)
- Pass out 2-3 cookies to each student.
- Ask the students to break the cookies into halves, quarters, and thirds. Ask them to show you their newly created cookie pieces.
- Next, ask them to eat two-thirds of a cookie, three-fourths of a cookie, and one-half of a cookie.
- Draw the shapes of these fractions of cookies on the board. For example: draw a half circle when you ask the students to show you 1/2 of a cookie.
- Make sure to check each student throughout the activity and make sure that they understand the lesson.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (15 minutes)
- Ask students to practice drawing fractions on a piece of paper. They will be drawing cookies or circles. Ask them to draw 1/3, 2/3, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, and 1/8 of a cookie or circle.
Independent Working Time (20 minutes)
- Hand out the Cookie Fractions worksheets to the students. Allow them to work on the worksheets independently to see how much they understand of the lesson.
- Enrichment: Ask students to draw fractions using other shapes. See how much they understand the concept.
- Support: Continue working with the students independently. Ask them to draw fractions of circles. If they are still unsure of the concept, work with them using cookies.
Assessment (5 minutes)
- Draw fractions of shapes on the board and ask your students to identify the fractions.
Review and Closing (20 minutes)
- Review what fractions are: a numerical quantity that is not a whole number.
- Read If You Were a Fraction to the class.