Intermediate, 5th Grade
Students will be able to identify fractions, compare, and simplify fractions with 80% accuracy.
Students will already have an understanding of fractions. This is a culminating activity for the unit on fractions.
This math activity will allow students to interactively, on a SMART Board, manipulate fractions and become familiar with generating and simplifying fractions.
SMART Board set up (laptop, projector, & SMART board)
SMART Board software
Fractions SMART Notebook file
The teacher will use the Fractions SMART Notebook file, found under Materials, to implement this lesson. Each slide will contain fraction activities that will allow students to manipulate the board to enhance their fraction skills.
Slides 1-4 on the file will contain multiple choice questions. Click on the letter of the basket to choose the answer. The incorrect choices will take them to a slide that indicates "Try Again." Student will click on the "Try Again" to go back to the question to choose another choice. The correct answer will take them to a slide that states, "Good Job." Again, click on the "Good Job" to take the student to the next question.
- Page 1 - Ask students which basket contains 4/12 apples? Answer C
- Page 2 - Ask students which basket contains 5/12 strawberries? Answer B
- Page 3 - Ask students which basket contains 1/12 bananas? Answer A
- Page 4 - Ask students which basket contains ¼ oranges? Answer C
- Page 5 - Using a new basket of fruit ask the students to write a fraction to describe how many of each fruit can be found in the basket. Students will input fraction into the Fraction Maker from the Notebook Gallery. When finished click on the green arrow to go to the next slide. Students must put it in simplest form.
Banana 2/12 or 1/6
Strawberry 2/12 or 1/6
Cherry 3/12 or 1/4
Apple 2/12 or 1/6
- Page 6 - Ask students to come up to the board and create their own fruit basket. They will drag the fruit from the My Content Area of the Gallery to provide the fruit clip art. The students will create eight different baskets. They should contain the following fractions:
- Teacher note - During this activity be sure to discuss why 2/8 and ¼ are equal as well as 4/12 and 1/3. You can continue to make as many baskets as necessary until your students have a strong understanding of how to identify, compare and reduce fractions.