We start with fraction tiles.
|We have lots of these in my school. I think the previous math specialist got a special deal on them.|
|We have the kids make booklets. They trace the bars. Each page has a whole bar, and then the whole made with unit fractions. I like them to write both the fraction and the words, and a number line as well.|
|Now it's just a matter of dividing the 18 counters into 3 equal sets.|
We've collected lots of cards like these. I've used these with third, fourth, and even fifth graders. After a while they can transition into using drawings, which look like Nicora's "tape diagrams". And now when we talk about the relationship between the numerator, denominator, and the whole number, we have a concrete model to look at.
|And they're self-checking, so you don't have a pile of papers to correct!|