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Creative Fraction Fun
By: Third Grade Teachers Lynn Frankenberger and Kristie Kerber
What are fractions? If you ask a third grader, they can tell you. We recently learned the parts of a fraction, compared fractions, drew fractions, converted improper fractions into mixed fractions, and much more. After spending weeks learning about fractions, we wanted to reinforce some of what the students learned in a fun and creative way.
Papa Johns Pizza was very willing to help our students with this project by donating 27 empty pizza boxes. Our students were asked to do the following:
- Divide your pizza into at least 8 pieces.
- Represent at least 5 different fractions using different toppings.
- Cut out toppings from other pieces of paper.
- Place your pizza on the bottom of the box.
- Create a “key” that represents each one of the different fractions of your pizza and toppings.
- Next to each of the 5 different fractions, write 2 equivalent fractions that the one.
- Include 1 or more word problem using the fractions of your pizza for others to solve.
We absolutely loved the way the projects turned out. Students were so creative in their designs. Some drew out their toppings while others used pictures from the internet. Their creative juices could be seen flowing out of their brains while they worked on this project.