A 60 minute lesson in which students will recognise common unit fractions such as halves, thirds, quarters and fifths.
Prior to conducting the lesson, create a fractions display in the classroom using the attached resources.
Large sheets of poster paper
Write the sentence, ‘A fraction is…’ on the board. Ask the students to suggest possible endings to this sentence. Record these on the board to be referred to later in the lesson. Do not be concerned if the students have very few suggestions at this stage.
Ask the students to sit in front of the fractions display (created before the lesson). Invite the students to discuss what they can see. Ask the students:
Where might you see fractions in your everyday life?
Why might it be useful to have an understanding of fractions?
Do you find learning about fractions easy or challenging? Why?
Place six large pieces of poster paper around the classroom. On each piece, add one of the following headings: one whole, one half, one third, one quarter, one fifth, one eighth.
Provide the students with two or three pictures each from the Unit Fraction Posters. Explain to the students that they need to work out which fraction each of their pictures represents, then attach them to the correct poster.
Allow the students time to work out where their pictures belong and to attach them to the correct poster. When all the students have finished, discuss each fraction poster. Encourage the students to identify any fractions that have been placed on the wrong poster and to explain the reasoning behind their ideas.
Select a range of goals for the unit from the Goal Labels – Fractions (Middle Primary) and discuss these with the students. Allow the students to ask questions about each goal and encourage them to suggest some success criteria for each. Display these goals in an obvious place in the classroom for the duration of the unit.
Encourage more capable students to assist others who may be having difficulty correctly sorting their fraction pictures.
Allow students who are finding the sorting activity challenging to be assisted by one of their peers.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities