Students have almost finished studying fractions. Students have been learning about the size of different fractions. Did you know that if the denominator is a big number, the pieces actually get smaller in size (not bigger)?
This fraction wall (made by a student) clearly demonstrates this.
It’s also easy to see on this excellent example of a fraction wall which fractions are equivalent to each other. For example, can you find what fractions equal the same as 1/2? Look down the wall and figure out how many quarters make 1/2. How many sixths? How many eighths make 1/2? How many twelfths?
Can any number of thirds make exactly 1/2? Why or why not?
You could also try to figure out which fractions are the same size (or equivalent/equal to) 1/3, 1/4, 2/3 and 3/4 for extra challenge.
Remember to visit the Next website to view all sorts of videos on fractions: Just type in or click on www.nextmaths.blogspot.com and click on the ‘Fractions’ link. It’s full of support and revision of what we’ve learnt so far, as well as some extension.
What have you enjoyed the most during fractions?
The NEXT Program now has its own website, but this could be useful for all students as many of the initial activities in each topic revise grade three content. The site is basically a place for extra practice, extension and support. Students can rewatch and reengage with how teachers have been and are presenting and modelling mathematical concepts in class. Some students need to be exposed to ideas and concepts in different ways to fully understand them and this site offers that potential. The combination of sound, visuals and a new voice or way of representing what the digits mean can sometimes make all the difference.
There’s also plenty of mini-projects and links to relevant games for active, online learners. The games have been checked for their suitability, relevance and timeliness.
It’s not an entire curriculum and, to fully consolidate concepts, students need time to practice and complete meaningful tasks in class that are linked to each of these developmental steps. It can help fill gaps in students’ development and, thus, give an extra boost to students who are on the edge of either cementing a full understanding or missing the point of key concepts. It could also be used by fairly independent, capable students to push forward into the next material that may above the level of the peers in their physical classroom.
Please visit the site and let us know what you think:
While the grade 3s have been excitedly awaiting camp, we’ve also been busy studying fractions. Here’s a few clips that explain some of the fractions content we’ll be looking at this term:
Fractions in our world
Numerators and Denominators