A 60 minute lesson in which students will count by common unit fractions and mixed numerals.
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