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Partitioning Shapes – Differentiated Worksheets

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 2 pages | Grades: 1 - 2

Practice shading in shapes to represent a fraction and partitioning objects with these basic fraction worksheets.

Fractions for 1st and 2nd Grade

When students are first diving into the concept of fractions, they first need to understand how to determine if parts of a shape are equal or unequal, as well as how to understand the meaning of one-fourth, one-half, etc. Students in this grade level also work on partitioning shapes into equal parts.

With the one-star version of this worksheet, students will practice coloring in one-half and one-fourth of different shapes. They also will practice partitioning shapes and shading in a given amount.

On the two-star version, students will partition all of the shapes and color in a given fractional amount.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

In addition to independent student work time, use this worksheet as an activity for:

If there are students that need an additional challenge, encourage them to complete the two-start version. Students can also work on writing fractions in number form as well as representing them on a number line.

For students who need additional support, consider assigning the one-star version. Additionally, encourage students to complete the worksheet with a peer tutor or a teacher.

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Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or editable Google Slides version of this resource. 

Turn this teaching resource into a sustainable activity by printing on cardstock and slipping it into a dry-erase sleeve. Students can record their answers with a whiteboard marker, then erase and reuse them. 

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