Toy Factory (Set Models of Fractions)

Create a set of stuffed animals: monkeys, giraffes, and rabbits. Toys can be painted red, green, or blue. Describe the makeup of the set (animals or colors) with fractions. Arrange the toys into groups to simplify the fractions.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

• Understand that a fraction shows the relationship between a part and a whole.
• See that the denominator represents the total number of equal parts in a whole.
• See that the numerator represents the number of parts being referred to.
• Use visual models to connect what fractions mean with how fractions "look."
• Learn that a fractional part of a group can be represented by two (or more) equivalent fractions.

VOCABULARY:

• denominator, equivalent, fraction, numerator, simplify

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• Finalist: Best K-12 Instructional Solution

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2009, 2008, 2006 AEP