Provide students with an opportunity to identify the wholes that are correctly divided into halves, thirds, and fourths (equal shares). Use this activity alone as a support lesson or alongside Cookie Fractions Fun.
Students will be able to identify and describe fractions.
Students will be able to compare and contrast examples and non-examples of equal shares with grade-level academic language using discussions and already partioned parts of wholes.
Gather students together and pass out whiteboards and whiteboard markers to each student.
Say, "I want you to draw one half of a pizza for me." Don't provide any other clues or directions. Wait a moment, and ask students to hold up their whiteboards so the rest of the class can see.
Allow a few students to share out their drawings and justify how they knew how to draw one half. Provide sentence stems to support students as they share out their ideas. For example:
I know this is one half because ________.
Explain to the students that today they will compare and contrast examples and non-examples of equal shares. Break down the language objective in student-friendly terms by saying, "This means that we are going to compare and contrast examples and non-examples of shapes that are equally cut or split apart and shapes that are not equally cut or split apart."
Ask students to think-pair-share the language objective in their own words with an elbow partner.