Read the book Full House with your children, and then invite them to make a fraction craft. It is a fun, hands-on way to introduce fractions.
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Have you ever heard of a book over and over again, but just never quite get around to reading it. I have to admit that is how it has been with Full House. I’ve seen the recommendation to read the book Full House numerous times but never picked it up. Finally, I snagged a copy. I was not disappointed. This book is just delightful with it short rhyming sentences and colourful pages. Of course, I loved the great introduction to fractions it provides.
What the Book Teaches
The story is based around this sweet little lady has a house with six rooms. The book begins with all rooms being empty, and as the book progresses the rooms slowly fill up with interesting characters. As each person fills an empty room a fraction is shown to represent the number of rooms filled.
At the end, all the guest sneak out of their room to enjoy a forgotten cake. We enjoyed some great talk about predicting and a little about authors purpose. We went back to the place where the author shows the cake is sitting forgotten in the clean kitchen.
(Not totally sure how you could forget such a yummy looking cake!!!! It wouldn’t have been forgotten in my house.) Anyway, I asked my boys why the author would have put this in the book, and they began to understand where the guests were headed. The final page shows a fraction once more… this time with the cake.
Anyway, I asked my boys why the author would have put this in the book, and they began to understand where the guests were headed. The final page shows a fraction once more… this time with the cake.
Time For a Fraction Craft
Once we finished reading it was time for a fun fraction craft.
- First, I handed out the three printables. I asked my boys to find the rectangular prism, rectangles, pentagons, and the trapezoid. After that quick review,
- Secondly, I had them cut out everything except the small rectangles.
- Next, step it is glue time. The rectangle goes on first with the trapezoid being the roof. My first grader put his on crooked (which I liked the look) while my kindergarteners went on straight.
- For the fourth step, it was time for the pentagons. They go on top of the trapezoid. I liked them hanging off the top, but I let my kiddos glue them on however they wanted.
- Finally, we glued the rectangular prisms on the side of the house.
Getting More Math In
Though we had a shape review, now it was time for some fraction fun. First, I told them they could decide how many rooms their house was going to have.
My kindergartner decided to stick with the book and do six rooms, while my first grader chose a different number. Next, they glued on their windows, and then I told them they got to decide how many of their rooms were filled up. Finally, after some debate, they decided and then coloured in that amount of windows yellow.
Now we got to do the math!!! The boys figured out what fraction of their rooms was filled, and they wrote that fraction on the back.
Time to Decorate
Now it is time for some creativity with this fun fraction craft. You can make this part as simple or as messy as you want. You could just provide crayons and markers or you could throw out the glitter, paint, pom poms, and other craft supplies and see what your little ones create.
My boys ended up just colouring with markers and crayons, while the twins went to town with their do a dot marker.
Finally, we were finished. Everyone was thrilled with their craft and was excited to show them off. Well all except my twin girl, who had lost interest and moved onto another activity.
Enjoy this fun time of crafting with your kiddos, and don’t forget to check out other crafts that correlate with books at Emma’s Owl.
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