Lesson plan

Fraction Fun

Review halves, thirds, and quarters with this activity that gives hands-on students a way to learn about fractions actively.
Grade Subject View aligned standards

Students will be able to develop an understanding of the fractions 1/2, 1/3, and 1/4 compared to a whole.

(5 minutes)
  • Tell students that they will be reviewing the fractions of 1/2, 1/3, and 1/4 through physical representation.
  • Ask students what they think of when asked to describe 1/2, 1/3, and 1/4 in their own words.
(10 minutes)
  • Take out your four differently colored pieces of construction paper.
  • Label the first piece of construction paper "1."
  • Fold the second paper in half, and cut on the folded line. Label each of these halves "1/2."
  • Fold your third paper into thirds, cut along the folded lines, and label each third "1/3."
  • Take your last piece of paper and fold it into fourths. Cut along the folded lines and label each quarter "1/4."
(5 minutes)
  • Display these papers somewhere all your students will be able to see them.
  • Ask students if they have any questions.
(20 minutes)
  • Pass out four pieces of construction paper to each student.
  • Have students repeat your steps to create a whole, two halves, three thirds, and four fourths.
  • Students will be able see that two halves, three thirds, and four fourths all make up a whole by placing the different fraction pieces on top of the base paper (the whole).
  • Have students play around with the paper pieces to see what makes up a whole. For example: 1/2, 1/4 and 1/4 all make one whole.
  • Give students the Fractions worksheet to complete.
  • Enrichment: Have students use another color of construction paper to make up another fraction (such as 1/6) for this activity.
  • Support: Help students with paper folding to make accurate fractions for this activity.
(5 minutes)
  • Students will be assessed by the correctness of their worksheet.
(5 minutes)
  • Have students share what different fractions can make up a whole and have them physically show it with their paper fraction pieces.

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