Level: Year 2 and Year 3

Author: Anna Bock

Description:

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:

Year 2:

Recognise and interpret common uses of halves, quarters and eighths of shapes and collections (ACMNA033)

Year 3:

Model and represent unit fractions including 1/2, 1/4, 1/3,1/5 and their multiples to a complete whole (ACMNA058)