Learning Fractions with Skittles

We were mid-lesson and I was about to pull out a worksheet that I had pre-made for my students. (You can purchase that worksheet and supplemental task cards here). But I made a teacher-thought-out (split second) decision to just use one more hands-on activity before we moved to paper pencil. Previously we had used a whole group lesson, several videos, and a hands on folding paper activity in order to address fractions. IMG_3776

Searching around the room, I grabbed some white paper and made a chart for my students to organize on. I pulled down the 1lb bag of skittles from my desk, and prepped my students for the activity.

Using my silliest voices, I announced the directions to my students. From hick-country to rapper I explained how we would proceed with this activity in order to gain a better understanding of fractions. We would not be able to eat our skittles until I gave them the “go-ahead”. (Kicking myself for not getting a cool video of me doing this..their reactions were quite hysterical.)

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These were made right before the lesson due to my realization my students needed more support before moving to more independent work. 

I distributed the quickly made charts, and then handed each child a handful of skittles (while continuing to use my silliest voices). ALL of my students were able to refrain from eating their skittles until I gave them the green light. (insert praise hand emoji.)

 

The instructions were:

  1. Find total number of skittles
  2. Document total of each number
  3. Using a dry erase marker, create a fraction to show each color.

We will follow this activity up using this activity and task card set.

My students absolutely loved the activity. It was teacher data friendly, since I just walked around and noted whether or not the child understood where the part and whole went when forming a fraction.

Have you ever made a lesson mid-day, because you see that your students just aren’t ready to move on to what is planned?

Until next time,

That Teacher Wife, Addie

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You can tell from this picture that some of my students didn’t quite get the concept of gathering information to use in the form of a fraction just yet.

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