Sunday, November 10, 2013

Fraction Mentor Text-The Hershey's Fractions Book

Happy Sunday everyone! I am triple dipping today in linky parties today in a hope to catch up from this busy week! First I'm linking up with Collaboration Cuties to share a Math mentor text with you and with Ideas by Jivey to share how I introduce fractions in my classroom.
The Hershey's Milk Chocolate Fractions Book by Jerry Pallotta. This is a book that I know many have shared before, but I am looking forward to starting this unit with my kiddos soon.
I love using this book when I introduce fractions to my kiddos. I purchase a large pack of Hershey bars so that each student can have their own bar to work with. I put the book on our Elmo and we go through making each of the fractions with our candy bars.
Once we finish using the candy bars we are able to eat them. Anytime I use food in my classroom my kiddos are highly motivated. We have math in the morning, and I don't allow my students to eat candy before lunch-so the fact that they can eat part of the chocolate bar during math is a really big deal for them.
This year I am excited to use Jessica's Chocolate Bar Fraction Activity Packet with my kiddos as well.
 Chocolate Bar Fractions Activity Packet
I also give my students a paper set of fraction bars to keep in their notebook. I updated my set of fraction bars so they only include the denominators (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12) required by the Common Core. You can grab them here for free.

What do you do to introduce fractions to your students? Do you ever use food to motivate them?


  1. I love using this book to introduce fractions! Chocolate is always motivating and I love that this book can be used at to many levels!

    Thanks for linking up!
    Collaboration Cuties

  2. In my opinion, any time you can combine math with any kind of food (especially chocolate), it's a winner!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  3. Hi friend!
    We just did a fun-filled fractions unit and I used this book to introduce the concept too. I also used chocolate bars - great minds think alike! :) The students LOVED it!!!!
    Glad you could use my fraction task cards! I hope your students enjoyed them - and solidified the concept of fractions for them. :)
    Happy Sunday!
    Joy in the Journey

  4. I love chocolate and am not such a fan of fractions but the chocolate makes teaching fractions a lot easier!

  5. I wish I was in your class! Sounds like fraction FUN!
    Karli :)

  6. I totally agree about edible lessons being motivating! I try to make our Friday science experiment's good for me too! I love teaching with chocolate...I will come be a visitor every time you use chocolate! Thanks for sharing and linking up!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  7. I love that book! One thing I like to do after we read and "do" the fractions with the chocolate bars is show them why comparing fractions only works if the whole is the same size- I ask them if they would rather have half or the whole candy bar. Of course, they all shout WHOLE! Then I pull out a king sized Hershey bar and some fun-sized bars. I toss them all a fun sized bar and I tell them I'll be eating half of the king sized one. It really gets the point across! :)
    Thanks for linking up!