Monday, August 11, 2014

Student Created Fraction Strips Part 2: sixths, eighths, and twelfths

If you missed the first part of Student Created Fraction Strips, click here. 

Depending on the experience level of the students, I may introduce sixths, eighths and twelfths on the second day.  If I have already taught the Magnified Inch lesson, some of the fractions may go more quickly.

I don't try to have students fold the sixths.  We talk about the whole as 12 inches and dividing that equally in six pieces is the same thing as 12 ÷ 6 = 2.  Each piece will be 2 inches.  I hold up sixths next to the thirds and we see how there are two sixths for every third.
I have students fold the eighths instead of measure.  Each piece will be 1 1/2 inches and that is a little beyond what my students were capable of doing.  Instead we fold half, then half of each half, and then half of each fourth. 
Holding up a finished copy and showing the relationship between halves, fourths and eighths helps.  As a final step, label the fraction strips you made today with the words and numbers for each fractions.


  1. Fraction strips are such a great visual representation for students. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

    Eclectic Educating


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