# Lesson: Learning Fractions with Rhymes

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### Lesson Objective

Students will further develop their understanding of the meaning of proper fractions and use them in computations

### Lesson Plan

Do Now

Tell students to turn and talk to their elbow partners about the following questions:

• What a numerator is?
• What is a denominator?

Opening

• Discuss responses to the Do Now.
• Tell students the today we are going to read new version of an old nursery rhyme. It is called A Fractional Nursery Rhyme: Jack B. Numerator / Humpty Denominator. Listen carefully, so you can pinpoint any references to numerator, denominator and other math concepts in this rhyme.

Direct Instruction

• Read the Fractional Nursery Rhyme: Jack B. Numerator / Humpty Denominator. Give students a copy to follow along with.
• At end of rhyme, brainstorm the math concepts in therhyme and mark on the transparency (out of 24 lines: line 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23). You may need to reread several times.

Guided Practice

• Distribute Question Sheet.
• Read and explain sheet to students.

Independent Practice

• Give students time to independently answer thefive questions.

Closing

• Ask: If Jack had only found 14 one-sixteenths, could he have put Humpty together like before? What would have been missing? Model with fraction circles or bars. What if I had â…“, how many similar pieces would I need to make a whole? Stick with aconstant denominator and continue to ask questions until student understanding is evident.

If needed, use additional examples, manipulatives and drawings to illustrate.

### Lesson Resources

 GP A Fractional Nursery Rhyme 11 GP_Practice Sheet 20
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