Learning about fractions in Lower Elementary

fractions1 fractions2 fractions3 fractions4This week, Lower Elementary students have been working with fractions. They’ve learned that fractions can be equivalent to each other even if they’re not written exactly the same, and also that we can tell which fractions are greater than or less than other fractions by looking at the top and bottom numbers – the numerator and the denominator.

To help illustrate these concepts, students have worked with the traditional Montessori fraction circle puzzle, as well as a variation of that puzzle that involves slices of pizza. They’ve also worked with the fraction towers, which allow multiple fractions with different numerators and denominators to be built side-by-side and then examined.

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