It’s Thursday Eve – yay! 2 more days then it is 2 weeks school holidays for us in Victoria – I can’t wait to recharge and get my life somewhat organised again!
Today we created a Fraction Wall with a Difference. I have done the traditional pen and paper fraction wall in the past, but I needed something a little more hands on! My teaching partner took the top 20 kids for a trickier fraction/decimals/percentages/ratios wall, while I took the benchmark, strategic and intensive children (about 25 – we have a lot already on holidays) where we also created a fraction wall.
First, I cut strips of paper for the children and gave each child 6 strips. We worked through working though the idea of “1 whole” then 1/2 and folded the strip in half. Then we did 1/4, 1/8, 1/16 and they really got the pattern! We talked about equivalent fractions and they finally really got it!
Then we worked on 1/3 and 1/6 – this was a little trickier! But they still understand that 2/6 equals 1/3 and that is huge for some children!
This is the finished product (we didn’t work out all the decimals and percentages, I did this for those who were ready – others just wrote the fractions).
We used WINK (What I Know Now) as our reflection and joined up with the extension group – it was so good to hear what both groups learnt today. Success, no one was confused at the end! I love lessons like that!