Thursday, February 5, 2015

A Fraction for All Seasons

Do you need something besides a “drill and kill” activity to practice fractions and/or percents?  Math for All Seasons is my newest bundled resource.  It is a 33 page resource that is a fun and engaging way to utilize math concepts while keeping the students actively involved.  Specific words are provided. The students are instructed to figure out the correct fractional part of each particular word.  (Example: The first ½ of WENT would be WE.  Notice that WE is also 2/4 or 50% of WENT.)  If each fractional part is correctly identified, when the students write the fractional parts on the lines provided, a new word is created.  Each group of new words becomes a riddle or the answer to a riddle. 

A Fraction for All Seasons
It is important that students understand that a fraction and a percent represent the same thing; so, in the Snow Riddles handout, (page 13) 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% are introduced.

 In March Riddles, (page 24) specific questions are asked to acquaint the students with fun facts about the month of March.  April Riddles (page 29) introduces the students to several interesting historical facts that occurred during this month.

For each month, there are between 7-11 word fraction riddles; so, there are numerous ways to practice recognizing fractional parts, understanding equivalent fractions, identifying basic percents (25%, 50%, 75% 100%), and reducing fractions to lowest terms.  

Instead of completing all of the monthly riddles in one day, the puzzles may be divided up and used as a focus activity, when a student finishes early, or when there is a short amount of time left before the next class or activity. An individual puzzle may be given each day, or the riddles can be interspersed throughout the week or month.  Answers are included at the end of each month’s activities.  The complete resource features six months (January, February, March, April, October, December) and contains a total of 49 fraction riddles.

If you prefer, each month of fraction riddles may be purchased separately; however, this resource bundles all six months for a discounted price.  Just click the title under the cover page shown above, and download the preview to take a quick look at this new item.

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