Monday, 15 May 2017

Folding Fractions

Skills Practiced:
  • Spatial reasoning
  • Fractions of shapes
  • Multiplication of Fractions
  • (Potentially) Pythagoras


Material:
  • Paper cut in to squares
  • Display Board

Instructions
  • Each student gets a square piece of paper.
  • Ask if anyone can fold the square into a shape that is 1/4 of the original size. Ask them to explain how they know that it is exactly 1/4.
  • Project the fractions on the picture below on to the board.

  • Students aim to make those fractions from the original square.
  • Every time they get an answer, they must convince their partner that it is correct before they put their name on it and blue-tack it to the board. Multiple different answers are allowed for each fraction
  • Below this (or on another board(, students put up any other fractions they can find.
Example work


Extensions and Variations: