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August 4, 2015

by Dee Mulhern
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Unit Fraction Frenzy
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Students will be able to create models to represent unit fractions.
Introduction
(10 minutes) Explain to your students that they will be building fraction models.
 Remind students that a fraction is an equal part of one whole. Review that a numerator is the top number in a fraction, and the denominator is on the bottom.
 Define a unit fraction as a basic fraction with a numerator of 1.
 Write several examples on the board: Â½, 1/3, Â¼, etc.
 Show students that each has a numerator of 1 with a different denominator.
 Tell your students that they will create models.
Explicit instruction/Teacher modeling
(10 minutes) Have your students return to their seats, and give out the materials.
 Hold up an index card.
 Explain that this rectangle represents 1 whole and that it is not broken into any parts yet. Show the unit fraction Â½, and explain that the fraction has two important pieces of information: the numerator and the denominator.
 Explain that the denominator indicates how many equal parts to break the whole into.
 Have students take one index card, and direct them to fold the card in half.
 Emphasize that the card is now broken into halves, and label each part as Â½.
 Explain that one of these parts is Â½ of the whole and that one part is a unit fraction.
 Repeat with 1/3, and Â¼. Continue to emphasize that each part must be equal, and the numerator must be 1.
Guided practice/Interactive modeling
(15 minutes) Instruct your students to create unit fraction models for 1/5, 1/6, and 1/7.
 Have students check with one another to make sure each part is equal.
 After each unit fraction, have one student share the model he created.
 Have students place all of the models they have created so far in front of them.
 Ask students what they notice about the fractions. For example, how does the size of the parts change as the denominator increases?
Independent working time
(15 minutes) Have students continue to create models for unit fractions of 1/8, 1/10, and 1/12.
 Direct your students to glue the models into their notebooks for future reference.
Differentiation
 Enrichment: Challenge students to create other models of unit fractions using different shapes such as circles, squares, etc. Students may also create more unit fractions with larger denominators.
 Support: For students who are struggling, draw the lines on the rectangle, and have the student determine the correct label.
Assessment
(5 minutes) During the lesson, circulate as students create and label unit fractions.
 At the end of the lesson, check your students' notebooks to make sure that students are creating accurate models of the unit fractions.
Review and closing
(5 minutes) Have students pair and share the definition of a unit fraction and share one example from their notebooks.
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