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Unit Plan
Exploring Fractions and Decimals Unit Plan – Year 3 and Year 4
This Mathematics unit covers a range of concepts relating to fractions and decimals.
It consists of 11 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.
The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.
An assessment task for monitoring student understanding of the unit objectives is included and will require an additional lesson.
This unit plan includes the following resources:
- Fraction Wall Poster (Version 2)
- Pizza Fraction Posters
- Fraction, Name, and Picture Poster
- Proper, Improper, and Mixed Fractions – Poster
- Goal Labels – Fractions (Middle Elementary)
- Unit Fraction Posters
- Introduction to Fractions PowerPoint
- Fraction Wheels and Suggested Activities Sheet
- Fraction Flags Worksheet
- Pizza Fraction Bingo – 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5
- Fraction Wheels and Suggested Activities Sheet
- Understanding Equivalent Fractions PowerPoint
- Equivalent Fractions Wall Worksheet (Labeled)
- Equivalent Fractions Wall Worksheet (Unlabeled)
- Equivalent Fractions on a Number Line Activity
- Equivalent Fractions – Cookie Jar Sorting Activity
- Counting By Fractions Worksheet
- Improper Fractions Cards
- Math Investigation – Exploring Fractions
- Introducing Decimal Numbers PowerPoint
- Representing Tenths Worksheet
- Fraction and Decimal Dominoes – Tenths and Hundredths
- Representing Hundredths Worksheet
- Fractions and Decimals Assessment – Year 3 and Year 4
Overview
Objectives
- To recognize common unit fractions such as halves, thirds, quarters, fifths and eighths.
- To represent common unit fractions and their multiples to create a whole.
- To identify equivalent fractions for one half, one third, one quarter and one fifth.
- To locate and represent some common equivalent fractions on a number line.
- To count by common unit fractions and mixed numerals.
- To convert between improper fractions and mixed numerals.
- To apply knowledge and understanding of fractions to a real-world context.
- To explore tenths as fractions and in decimal notation.
- To explore hundredths as fractions and in decimal notation.
Preparing for Learning
Prior to commencing the unit, develop a fractions and decimals display in the classroom. Display posters and word wall vocabulary that the students will engage with throughout the unit to stimulate their learning. For examples of such resources, browse the Fractions, Decimals and Percentages category on the Teach Starter website.
There are many concepts to address within the topic of fractions and decimals. The lessons in this unit cover a range of these concepts, many of which have varying degrees of complexity. Teachers are encouraged to select lessons from the unit that best suit the learning needs of their students, or to adapt lessons accordingly.
Some of the resources which accompany this unit plan will need to be prepared prior to teaching. For this reason, it is advised that teachers browse through all lessons before commencing the unit.
Lessons
NSW Curriculum alignment
- MA2-7NA
Fractions and Decimals - represents, models and compares commonly used fractions and decimals
Victorian Curriculum alignment
- VCMNA157
Investigate equivalent fractions used in contexts
- VCMNA136
Model and represent unit fractions including 1/2, 1/4, 1/3, 1/5 and their multiples to a complete whole
- VCMNA158
Count by quarters, halves and thirds, including with mixed numerals. Locate and represent these fractions on a number line
- VCMNA159
Recognise that the place value system can be extended to tenths and hundredths. Make connections between fractions and decimal notation
Australian Curriculum alignment
- ACMNA058
Model and represent unit fractions including 1/2, 1/4, 1/3, 1/5 and their multiples to a complete whole
- ACMNA077
Investigate equivalent fractions used in contexts
- ACMNA078
Count by quarters halves and thirds, including with mixed numerals. Locate and represent these fractions on a number line
- ACMNA079
Recognise that the place value system can be extended to tenths and hundredths. Make connections between fractions and decimal notation
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