A 60 minute lesson in which students will count by common unit fractions and mixed numerals.
This lesson contains a link to an external video. Please watch the video prior to presenting this lesson to ensure that the content is appropriate for your students.
Revise the content of the previous lesson by playing a game of Animal Rescue on the Sheppard Software website. This could be played as a whole class on the interactive whiteboard, or individually (depending on computer access).
Watch the Fractions on a Number Line video on YouTube. Pause the clip at 0:32, where the number line for halves is shown. Ask the students to imagine themselves jumping along the number line in halves, starting at 0. Use a whiteboard marker to show where they would land each time. Ask the students:
If you were to continue jumping past one whole, where would your next jump land?
How do we say and write this number?
What do we call numbers which contain both a whole number and a fraction?
Repeat this activity, pausing the video clip on the number line for thirds, quarters and fifths.
Provide the students with a copy of the Counting by Fractions Worksheet. Read through the worksheet as a class, then monitor and support the students as they complete the worksheets.
Play a game of ‘Buzz’ as a class. Ask the students to stand in a circle. Go around the circle, skip counting by a particular fraction e.g. thirds. Once the students are skip counting successfully, add an element of difficulty to the game e.g. whenever a whole number appears in the sequence, the student must say ‘Buzz’. Each time a student makes a mistake, they must sit down until there is a winner.
Encourage more capable students to draw and label a number line to demonstrate counting by eighths.
Allow students who are finding the worksheets challenging to work in a small group with the support of a teacher or teacher aide.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities