## fractions - Blake Education

Making your teaching life easier is a major aim of this series. ... You'll find easy-to-follow instructions with clear- ... Illustration and design by Janice Bowles.
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EXPLORING

Fractions Bev Dunbar

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Activities, blackline masters & assessment pages that are fun and easy to use

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Introduction Exploring Fractions is part of the Exploring Mathematics series of teacher resources for 5 - 7 year olds. Although common fractions no longer have the same emphasis as they did prior to metrics, they are still used in daily conversation. They have an important role to play in the development of your students’ understanding of numbers and our numeration system. In this book, your students will explore the many ways we can divide a set of objects or a whole object into equal or unequal parts. By playing games with fractions, by talking about them with a partner, by actively cutting, tearing, drawing or sharing fractional parts, your students will see how easy fractions are to construct, compare and order. Making your teaching life easier is a major aim of this series. The book is divided into five sequenced units. Each unit is packed with enough activities for small groups, or a whole class, to explore for at least a week. You’ll find easy-to-follow instructions with clearly stated outcomes. There are plenty of photocopiable playing cards, activity cards and worksheets. Each unit also includes a sample Check-up worksheet to assist with your assessment strategies. Each activity is designed to maximise the way in which your students build up their understanding of fractions. The activities are open-ended and encourage your students to think and work mathematically.The emphasis is on mental recall as well as the practical manipulation of objects. Look forward to exploring the joys of fractions with your students.

Copyright © Bev Dunbar Maths Matters 2000 Exploring Fractions ISBN 186509 227 4 Published by Blake Education Locked Bag 2022 Glebe NSW 2037 Series editor: Garda Turner Illustration and design by Janice Bowles Printed by Printing Creations - Reprinted 2003 The blackline masters in this book may be reproduced by the original purchaser for use with their class(es) only.

Contents How to use this book

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Exploring Equal Parts

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Exploring Halves

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Exploring Quarters

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Exploring Tenths

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Exploring Other Fractions

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Fraction Biscuit Recipe

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Fraction Jokes

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Outcome Indicators Record

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Sample Yearly Programs

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Sample Weekly Program

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How to use this Book 30 Teaching Ideas More than 30 exciting teaching ideas have been placed into 5 units to assist your lesson planning. Each activity has clearly coded learning outcomes and easy-to-follow instructions. Activities are open-ended and encourage your students to think for themselves. Each unit also includes a sample ‘Check-up’ worksheet for written assessment.

50 Blackline Masters There are four types provided for you here.

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Reusable Resources These support your free exploration as well as structured activities. Laminate them for reuse in small group activities. Sets of 10 Playing Cards Cut these out, shuffle and use over and over again for small group games. Photocopy each set in different colours. Activity Cards Each set of 8 cards can be used by parent helpers or fluent readers to stimulate group work. The language is simple and easy-to-follow. Encourage your students to develop cards too.

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Multi-use Worksheets Recopy and use again with the same group, va