fraction tiles and asked them to make a picture of the road. We discussed the fact that in order to draw a picture of what this road might look like, we would need to scale a mile down to a manageable size. Using the tiles seemed like a good idea, especially since the kids were already comfortable using them.
|Beginning to map out a highway.|
We then explored what would happen if a mile was scaled to one inch. You can see what happened in the top left corner of the picture.
|We copied other highway sign pictures for the kids to work on.|
- Using other units to represent one mile, such as cuisenaire rods or fraction towers.
- Adding additional exits to existing road signs, with exits coming at increments of quarters or halves.
- Allowing kids to create their own roads and signs. I can imagine these roads extending down the hallway, with lots of papers taped together, stretching on for "miles and miles" with little toy cars driving up and down.
This is great!ReplyDelete
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Thanks Michael. I'm not on twitter just yet...I think I'll get the hang of blogging first and see where it leads.Delete
This activity really brings fractions to life. The students are able to see the need for fractions and how they are used in the real world.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the comment. Let me know if you try it in your own classroom.Delete