Lesson Plan

Fraction Hunt

Fractions are everywhere! In this hands-on lesson, your class will work together in groups to find real-world examples of fractions. As they discover more complicated fractions, students will create their own word problems with them.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Fraction Visuals pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Fraction Visuals pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify and write fractions based on things they observe in everyday life.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments

Introduction

(5 minutes)
  • Begin this lesson by introducing (or reviewing) the concept of fractions with food. Bring out the brownies, fruit, or other food items.
  • Explain that you’d like to feed the whole class with this one large brownie (or other food item).
  • Have students provide suggestions for how everyone could get fed.
  • Guide students to agree that the fairest way to feed everyone is to divide it into equal pieces.
  • Show the class that when a whole is divided into equal parts the total number of equal parts goes on the bottom of the fraction (the denominator) and the number of parts of the whole being given or kept goes on the top of the fraction (the numerator).
  • Demonstrate this by writing out the fraction of the brownie each child gets, how many parts 10 children will get, etc.

Beginning

  • Define the terms "fraction," "numerator," "denominator," and any other challenging words in students home language (L1) and student-friendly terms in English (L2).

Intermediate:

  • Accompany any explanation of fractions with a clear visual aid or diagram with labels.
  • Show a simple example of food and fractions such as dividing a chocolate bar into equal pieces (e.g., break a Hershey's into 6 pieces and show that one of those pieces would be represented by 1/6).

Related Guided Lesson

Fractions 2

4 games
11 online exercises
5 printable worksheets
Grade
fourth grade
Subject Math