## Reflection: Lesson Planning Pattern Block Fractions - Section 2: Practice

Manipulatives are definitely in short supply around my school.  When thinking of designing lessons sometimes you have to start by examining what you have to work with.  Although Cuisenaire Rods are super awesome, I don’t have a class set available to me.  And legos, come on, that would be sweet for demonstrating fractions.  But alas, I pretty much have pattern blocks.  They are simple enough and when used wisely they will definitely serve the purpose.  You have to be creative when trying to teach hands on math with little to nothing.

Use what you have
Lesson Planning: Use what you have

# Pattern Block Fractions

Unit 4: Adding and Subtracting Fractions
Lesson 2 of 17

## Big Idea: I’ll show you a whole!

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Math, Fractions, mixed numbers
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### Erin Doughty

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