Monday, I’m meeting with the 2nd grade team to help share some ideas for teaching fractions. One of their objectives is to determine if fractions are closer to 0, 1/2, or 1. I remembered from last year that this was a particularly difficult skill for the kiddos, even when looking at pictures of the fractions. Sooooo, I have been thinking of a way to help them visualize it better. We have hard plastic fraction tiles, and yesterday I made a number line to scale to the tiles so the kids could lay the tiles beneath the number line. I tried it out, and I was amazed at how it just made the relationships pop! Click on the picture below to download a file that you can use in the same way. Copy the page on white cardstock. Cut the number line off. You might want to laminate the number lines. Students can color the fraction strips and cut them apart. To use, call out a fraction and have students line up those fraction pieces under the number line, flush with the 0. Then they can tell you if the fraction is closer to 0, 1/2, or 1. Give students lots of practice with this!!
I loved the idea of the fractions beneath the number lines so much, that I created a set of cards with three different activities that use the same idea. I just uploaded it to my TPT store. Click on any of the pictures to take you directly there.