K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education


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Adding fractions with unlike denominators/The numbers tell LCD
Students will be able to find the Lowest Common Denominator by using prime factors. They will then add the fractions. This method was developed for students who have problems guessing and checking.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 Mathematics)
By Wendi Keith.
Fruit Loops with fractions
This activity provides access to using visual and hands-on practice in solving problems with fractions. By using cereal, each individual student will be able to work individually and as a group in using different methods of working with fractions, and practice their skills in addition, multiplication, division and subtraction. A prior knowledge of the basic multiplication tables and common multiples will be very advantageous in working through this activity.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5–6 Mathematics)
By Deanne Davis.
I have, who has...?
A chain review game involving teacher made cards on the skills of adding and subtracting fractions, and equivalent fractions. This lesson can serve as a review for many math concepts.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 Mathematics)
By Sherry Russell.
Adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions can be confusing and even intimidating to many students. LEARN NC has put together a list of the best lesson plans and websites available to help your students learn about and be comfortable with fractions.
Format: bibliography/help
Fraction fun
Introduce fractions and mixed numbers using paper plates.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Mathematics)
By Lourine Grant.
Trashketball review for ratios, fractions, decimals and percents.
This lesson will help the students with changing from ratios to fractions, fractions to decimals, and decimals to percents.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Mathematics)
By David Crumm.
Domino fractions
This is a review activity on the lesson of adding and simplifying fractions. This activity will provide a new approach to seeing a fraction and simplifying it, and the activity will allow students to set up and solve equations. This activity also works for subtraction of fractions.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 Mathematics)
By Angelica Young.
Fraction funnies
Students complete a fraction exercise in which they are given clues to find the answer to a joke, and then make up their own "Fraction Funny" sheet using their own jokes (riddles) and clues.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Mathematics)
By Alisan Royster.
Fraction/Decimal War
This lesson plan introduces a game that will reinforce fractions and decimals. This activity is best played in groups of 3-4. You may choose to use as an activity when work is completed or as a center activity.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 Mathematics)
By Christine Sisco.
Baseball fun: Percentages, decimals, and fractions
Students will learn the concepts behind fractions, decimals, and percents by using sports statistics found on baseball cards.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Mathematics)
By Adrian Bustle.
Newspaper basket
Students use measurement skills to create a basket and respond to questions involving fractions, decimals, and geometric measurements.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Mathematics)
By Susan Jennings.
Fractions on Kid Pix
Students will create illustrations of fractions as parts of a whole and parts of a set using Kid Pix computer program.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Computer/Technology Skills, Information Skills, and Mathematics)
By Ann Keable.
Estimating rational numbers
Students round fractions and mixed numbers to their closest whole number by first changing the rational numbers into decimal numbers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 Mathematics)
By Doreen Castelloe.
Mathematics Methods: K-5 Model Lessons
In Preservice teacher education resources, page 4.3
Common Core State Standards Counting and Cardinality Critical Understandings: number names, count sequence, comparing numbers Counting Fun (Grade K)...
Format: article/teacher's guide
Food service professionals: Working with fractions
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 2.2
This lesson for grade six demonstrates how an understanding of fractions is important in the food service industry. Students will use operations with fractions to determine how many recipes to make for a given scenario.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Mathematics)
By Kim Abrams, Mike McDowell, and Barbara Strange.
Popcorn math
In this lesson students will use a consumable manipulative to understand percent, fraction and decimal conversions. They will also collect data on a teacher produced spreadsheet while using a computer generated spreadsheet to make conversions.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Mathematics)
Percent problem solving
Students apply their knowledge of fractions, decimals, and percents to understand the relationship amongst the three. Students will solve basic percent number problems using the percent proportion or other methods and play a game using a resource of the Shodor Education Foundation, Inc. Permission has been granted to use the materials as part of the Interactivate Your Bored Math Students workshop. Students will also analyze and explain the results of their game by answering two exploration questions.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Mathematics)
By Victoria Lunetta.
Fractional parts with pattern blocks
Through this lesson students will understand that fractions are part of a whole. Students will identify halves, thirds, fourths, fifths, sixths, eights of a whole. They will use terms numerator, denominator and write fractions from models of fractions. Also, they will use sheets of paper to fold for different size fractions and label each part to see proportion size from least to greatest or greatest to least.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Mathematics)
By Brenda Collins.
Mathematics Methods: 6-8 Model Lessons
In Preservice teacher education resources, page 4.4
Common Core State Standards Ratios and Proportional Relationships Critical Understandings: understanding ratio concepts and ratio reasoning, analyzing proportional relationships and using them to solve real-world mathematical problems...
Format: article/teacher's guide
M&M math
M&M Math provides students with hands-on activities. Students will be sorting objects, comparing whole numbers, writing fractions, performing addition, subtraction, and division problems with the use of manipulatives.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Mathematics)
By Angela Gillie.