Fraction Carnival

ACTIVITY HEADER

 

 

 

Name of Activity

Fraction Carnival

Author

Erika Goodwin

Keywords

fractions, 1 Hour Total

Subject

Non-LEGO, LEGO Building

Grade Level

K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Time

1 Hour Total

Brief Description

Students will learn about fractions by doing four related activities on fractions. Students should have a basic understanding of fractions going into this activity.

Lesson Objectives:

To learn about fractions.

Materials Needed:

ball

basket (empty garbage can)

coins

pattern blocks

grid paper

Blue and white LEGO bricks

One worksheet for each students

“Parts of a fraction” help sheet at each station

Preparation and Set Up:

Make photocopies of the worksheets.

Set up each station:

Ball toss – ball and a basket

LEGO station – 3-D objects made of blue and white LEGOs

Coin Toss – coins

Geometric figures – pattern blocks.

Arrange students into 4 groups (one for each station).

Distribute worksheets

Procedure

  1. Have each group spend 15 minutes at each station, doing the activity and filling out the worksheet as they go.
    1. Coin toss station – students must flip a coin 20 times by themselves and record whether they get heads or tails on each flip. Then they set up fractions from the number of heads and tails flipped out of the total.
    2. Pattern blocks – The students look at different geometric shapes and how smaller geometric shapes can be used to build larger ones. e.g. how many green triangles fit into a ayellow hexagon? The students should express these relationships as fractions.
    3. Basket toss – Students attempt to toss a ball into a basket from a specified distance. The student determine what fraction of the tosses they made into the basket – this can be related to sports statistics.
    4. LEGO station – Students examine 3-D objects made of blue and white LEGOs. Students will determine what fraction of the objects are white and what fraction are blue.

Reference 1

http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/files/formidable/FractionCarnivalWriteUp.doc

Reference 2

http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/files/formidable/Parts-of-A-Fraction.doc

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