Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Introduction to Fractions: A Concrete Experience - Section 1: Mini Lesson


I decided to use literature and artwork to motivate the students in our new unit.  Due to a new curriculum in my district and the CCSS, I knew there was a gap in knowledge around fractions. Therefore, I needed to create opportunities for the children to have concrete experiences.  This book and the artwork the students would create did just that. 


Also, to meet common core standards content and rigor, I wanted to make sure students understood  what is, and isn’t, a fraction. It isn’t just counting parts of a whole - it is the understanding that it is an equal part of a whole.  Again, the creation of a piece of art using benchmark fraction pieces gives the children the opportunity to explore that concept.

  Why Use Art and Literature?
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Why Use Art and Literature?
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Introduction to Fractions: A Concrete Experience

Unit 5: Introduction To Fractions
Lesson 1 of 3

Objective: Students will be able to identify wholes, halves, fourths, and eighths and label the total of each benchmark fraction of an artistic design.

Big Idea: Providing students ample opportunities to work with fractional parts and reason about equally partitioned shapes will help them develop a deep understanding of part-whole relationships.

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Math, Fractions, Number Sense and Operations, equal partitions, unequal partitions, creativity, fractions in real life
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