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.
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?