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Observation lesson- fractions of amounts

Discussion in 'Primary' started by chloejewel, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. chloejewel

    chloejewel New commenter

    Just been informed than an advisor is coming in to watch lessons on Thursday. We've been told to stick to our timetables so she'll be seeing me teach Year 5, finding fractions of amounts.
    Anyone got a more fun, interactive way of finding fractions of amounts than divide-denominator, multiply-numerator? They used smarties last year so don't really want to repeat that.
    I'm planning on getting my lower ability children to find halves, quarters, tenths, moving onto finding e.g. 3/4, 8/11 etc for the more able.
    Any ideas would be really great- I'm panicking already!
  2. What about gathering information from class in a table (asap) e.g. name, m/f, birth month, favourite sport (from a limited choice), has pet (y/n) etc - sure you can think of more - then presenting children with table and questions such as what fraction of the girls like......., what fraction of children with birthdays in march are girls? etc, etc.
    Children could be extended by challenging them to make up own questions or simplifying fractions where possible.

    (Smarties fab!)
  3. We did fractions of weights using a calculator. Tins, bottles and packets as a shop and cards with different fractions to find. Choose items, write the weight then find the fraction of the weight. The kids loved the active nature of the lesson and did well.

    Good luck

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