Ms. Zuckerbrow has taught elementary school from grades 2 -6 over the last 10 years. She is currently a 4th grade teacher in the Bronx, NY.
I modified this lesson by using pattern blocks to teach fractions.
1. Students will be able to understand that fractions represent part of a whole.
2. Students will be able to understand that larger fractions can be equivalent to smaller fractions.
3. Students will be able to identify and explain the fractional relationship of pattern blocks within a large shape.
4. Students will be able to divide a Microsoft Excel worksheet into equivalent fractions.
1.Student accessed an interactive website to create equivalent fractions.
2.Students created equivalent fractions transparent overlays using Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.
1. The end piece was the assessment of the unit. The students had to explain why the same pattern blocks took on different fractional parts as the whole changed.
2. The use of learning logs in the classroom is also an assessment piece to give them other problems dealing with pattern-blocks and fractions.
3. Also, the students are able to show an understanding of equivalent fractions throughout the year using other manipulatives or word problems.
Teachers must be familiar with pattern blocks and their fractional values working with a hexagon as the whole (ONE).
Student Work Samples
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