Teaching Equivalent Fractions with an Interactive Notebook

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I love games. I love the way my children get excited when a game comes out, but direct instruction is important too. I love interactive notebooks, because the children are cutting, pasting, coloring, working out problems, and you can directly teach a concept. When you are finished with your lesson, the children have “notes” on what you just taught.

Today, I’m providing an interactive notebook for equivalent fractions. Using this printable you can help your children understand equivalent fractions using models and number lines. I may do an interactive notebook for the algorithm since that is important too, but for today we will focus on the visual.

If you are unsure on how to teach this, I highly suggest you hop over to Learn Zillion and see their great explanations. I would suggest doing a short, mini lesson similar to the video right before you allow the children to put together their notebook.

Once your mini-lesson is over have your students grab their colored pencils, scissors, glue, and math journals. Pass out the first sheet with the square showing 1/2. Each student will need to cut out the four squares and glue them into their notebook. They should place the glue on the back of the paper above the dotted line, and should be placed in order with 1 on the top and 4 on the bottom.

Once that part is done, have the students identify the fraction and write it on the fraction line. Next, have them fill in the blanks describing their fraction. Since this concept has been covered when you introduced fractions and reviewed during your mini-lessons they shouldn’t have any trouble filling in the blanks. Right? If someone does struggle, use this as a chance to review the concept of fractions with the student. You may even want to have a manipulative nearby to help.

Next, have them move onto the second box. Remind them what you taught during the mini-lesson and how that all fractions must have equal parts. Allow the students to divide up the box any way they choose, as long as each part is still equal. Share the different ways students divided up the box, and even ask questions about each one. Does this work? Why or why not? Are all the parts equal? What will the denominator be? What will the numerator be?

After their boxes are dived, have the students write down the equivalent fraction they made, fill in about the parts of their fraction, and at the end write what the two equivalent fractions are.

Continue this routine for box three and four. Stress that the denominator must be different than the first two they just did. By the time they hit the fourth box they should be able to write out three fractions that equal 2/3.

Work through the other three pages in the same way. By the time they finish, they should have deepened their knowledge of fractions as well as how to find equivalent fractions.

Need other equivalent Fraction activities? Check out a few of these.

Or get 7 Activites and Games designed to help you teach equivalent fractions and allow your students fun, hands – on practice.

This packet contains

1. clip cards
2. interactive notebook
3. 3 games
4. cut and paste fraction book
5. activity for teaching fractions with food
6. task cards using pattern blocks