Exploring Fractions and Decimals Unit Plan – Year 3 and Year 4

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Exploring Fractions and Decimals Unit Plan – Year 3 and Year 4

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11 x Lessons | Suitable for Grades: 3 - 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.

 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.

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

60 minutes
Lesson 1

Recognizing Common Fractions

A 60 minute lesson in which students will recognize common unit fractions such as halves, thirds, quarters and fifths.

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60 minutes
Lesson 2

Creating Common Fractions

A 60 minute lesson in which students will represent common unit fractions and their multiples to create a whole.

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60 minutes
Lesson 3

Identifying Equivalent Fractions

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify equivalent fractions for one half, one third, one quarter and one fifth.

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60 minutes
Lesson 4

Equivalent Fractions on a Number Line

A 60 minute lesson in which students will locate and represent some common equivalent fractions on a number line.

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60 minutes
Lesson 5

Counting By Fractions

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

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60 minutes
Lesson 6

Converting Improper Fractions and Mixed Numerals

A 60 minute lesson in which students will convert between improper fractions and mixed numerals.

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60 minutes
Lesson 7

Fractions Investigation - Fly That Flag (1)

A 60 minute lesson in which students will apply knowledge and understanding of fractions to a real-world context.

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60 minutes
Lesson 8

Fractions Investigation - Fly That Flag (2)

A 60 minute lesson in which students will apply knowledge and understanding of fractions to a real-world context.

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60 minutes
Lesson 9

Fractions Investigation - Fly That Flag (3)

A 60 minute lesson in which students will apply knowledge and understanding of fractions to a real-world context.

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60 minutes
Lesson 10

Introduction to Decimals - Tenths

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore tenths as fractions and in decimal notation.

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60 minutes
Lesson 11

Introduction to Decimals - Hundredths

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore hundredths as fractions and in decimal notation.

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60 minutes
Lesson 12 (Assessment)

Exploring Fractions and Decimals Assessment - Year 3 and Year 4

An assessment task in which students will demonstrate an understanding of fractions and decimals.

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  Common Core Curriculum alignment


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