Level: Year 2 and Year 3
Author: Anna Bock
This activity allows students to explore the concept of fractions with a focus on quarters. Adaptions can be made by changing the fraction. We want students to discover that the same fraction can look different but still have the same quantity/ amount. The way students partition their flag will provide insights into their level of understandings of quarters.
Some questions to prompt student thinking:
- Is there more than one possible answer?
- Do all the parts need to be the same size?
- Do all the parts need to be the same shape?
- Can you name the parts?
- What is the same in each of your designs?
- What is different in each of your designs?
- What would you say to someone who said that not all your designs show one-quarter blue?
- How could you convince that person?
Notes for parents: Exploring different ways of showing a quarter and justifying that it is a quarter is important as it demonstrates an understanding that a fraction can look different but still be the same quantity/amount.
This activity covers the following Australian Curriculum – Mathematics Content:
Recognise and interpret common uses of halves, quarters and eighths of shapes and collections (ACMNA033)
Model and represent unit fractions including 1/2, 1/4, 1/3,1/5 and their multiples to a complete whole (ACMNA058)