Hands on Fraction Activities for Home (Post 2 of 4)

Continuing the topic of teaching and learning of fractions with the Common Core approach, today’s post focuses upon hands on fraction activities that you can do at home that help to incorporate the changes.

One of the major changes is the addition of the standard for children to be able to relate to fractions upon a number line.  A fun way to practice this skill at home uses a paint stick and clothes pins.  The literacy and math ideas blog provides the directions and steps to make a number line and fractions out of the two materials.  This fraction craft can help to plan for fraction activities in addition, subtractions, mixed numbers, improper fractions, and finding the missing fractions.

Butterfly Fractions is a cute way to reinforce learning of addition and multiplication of fractions.  To remember the steps in solving the problem, you draw what ends up looking like a butterfly around the problem.  This can help a child to remember the steps.

Lastly, here is a more traditional fraction activity that can be done at home with just printer paper, a pair of scissors, glue, and some construction paper.  First, have your child decide on what shape they would like to start with and then cut the paper into shapes like a circle, square, or triangle, or keep it as a rectangle.  Then, cut the shape into equal portions that represent the various fractions, half, quarters, and fourths.  Do this several times with the various shapes to represent the different fractions, while pasting the final cuts and shapes onto a piece of construction paper that represents the variety of shapes with the same fractions.

What other fun activities do you know that you can do at home to reinforce the new Common Core math fraction standards?  Check back later for more in our series on fractions with a focus upon measurement.

Photo by: Jimmie

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